Barge Bash

July 20, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

HANCOCK - When they say barge, they aren't necessarily talking about mammoth haulers used to move goods along waterways.

When organizers of Hancock's Barge Bash say "barge," they're likely talking about any human- or animal-powered contraption that floats. That could be a John Deere tractor, Huckleberry Finn-style raft or fire truck, according to the Hancock Chamber of Commerce's Web site.

Hancock's fourth annual Barge Bash, co-hosted by the chamber and the National Park Service, is scheduled for Saturday, July 22. It's a community festival and competition during which the best "barge" gets a prize. This year, organizers have added activities (fireworks are new this year), extended hours and expanded the location to attract more visitors, said organizer Louis Close.

Events include:

· At Church Street and Canal Road - Live music by Mike Klingerman and educational displays throughout the day. Barges on display from noon to 3 p.m. Hugh McVeigh and his animal balloons from noon to 5 p.m. Remote-controlled miniature barges, for ages 6 to 18, at 2 p.m. (Call Dave Hott at 301-678-6026 for entry rules.) Barge Bash starts at 4 p.m.


· At Widmeyer Park - Cake walk contests and other activities throughout the day. Horse and buggy rides from 5 to 7 p.m. DJ Pinnacle from 6 to 9 p.m. at the pool. Fireworks at dusk.

If you go ...

WHAT: Barge Bash

WHEN: Saturday, July 22

WHERE: Various locations in Hancock

COST: Free

MORE: For more information, call 301-678-5900 or visit

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