Neighbors share rural ties

Towns host family-oriented community show

Towns host family-oriented community show

September 08, 2005|by Cheryl M. Keyser

THURMONT, Md. - Are you looking for something the whole family can enjoy without driving a distance that will cost you $40?

The residents of Thurmont and Emmitsburg, Md., are providing an option.

This weekend from Friday, Sept. 9, to Sunday, Sept. 11, they will host a community show featuring home-cooked food, prizewinning farm animals and local entertainment.

This is the 48th year for the Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show.

"It's an entirely volunteer event," said C. Rodman Myers, longtime president of the event. "It displays a lot of community pride, and it's a good way for people to get to know each other better."

And it's a time for visitors to explore more than 2,500 farm, garden, household, quilt, livestock, farm machinery, historic photographs, and commercial displays on the grounds of Catoctin High School in Thurmont.


The show opens Friday, Sept. 9, with a community program, followed by two auctions: the first item is a hand-pieced quilt sewn by "The Faithful Quilters," and then a selection of baked goods from local kitchens will be on the block. "We raised about $5,000 last year from the cake auction alone," Myers said.

Saturday, Sept. 10, the show features a beef, sheep and swine fitting and showing contest at the Ag Center behind the school and a pet show in front of the building.

Cane and Abel, two Brown Swiss cattle, alpacas and emus will be on exhibit, while a petting zoo and pony rides will offer a hands-on experience for kids.

At 3 p.m., a buffet turkey and ham supper will be served by the Thurmont Grange in the school cafeteria. At 7 p.m., the Thurmont Middle School and Catoctin High School Bands will perform in the auditorium.

Sunday morning features both a goat and dairy show, followed by the annual decorated animal contest with beef, sheep, swine, poultry, rabbits and goats.

A horseshoe pitching contest and the cross-cut log sawing contests both begin at 1 p.m. The barnyard Olympics and a martial arts demonstration top off the afternoon.

Members of the Catoctin Future Farmers of America Alumni will provide a chicken barbecue lunch.

A number of events will be ongoing throughout the show: a display of farm machinery, old photographs of Thurmont, old buttons and emblems, and a book sale, sponsored by the Thurmont Library.

Myers, who started the original Thurmont show 49 years ago and saw it merge with the Emmitsburg show, is amazed at its popularity.

"We never thought it would get this large," Myers said. "It's now bigger than some community fairs."

Proceeds are donated to meet local community needs.

Cheryl M. Keyser is a freelance writer for The Herald-Mail.

If you go ...

WHAT: Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show

WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, through 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept.11

WHERE: Catoctin High School, 14745 Sabillasville Road in Thurmont, Md.

COST: Free admission, but donations are accepted.

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