Fall festival preview

August 31, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

The fall festival season begins this weekend, even though, technically, fall doesn't begin until Sept. 23.

Events include Charles Town Heritage Festival, a celebration that formerly was one day in the spring and now has become a four-day fall festival.

Activities include hog-calling at Berkeley Springs, W.Va.'s Apple Butter Festival and a German-American Idol yodeling contest at Oktoberfest in Frederick, Md.

There's also an AppleFest Idol Contest in Chambersburg, Pa.

There's no Elvis Lives event this fall, but the Bulldog/Viking Roundup is back and includes an English bulldog beauty contest. The following is a list of upcoming events categorized by county.


Schedule of events

Washington County

Boonesborough Days will be the weekend of Sept. 9 and 10. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Boonsboro's Shafer Park. More than 150 early American arts, crafts and antiques; also food vendors. Friends of Fort Frederick will have an 18th-century camp with re-enactors demonstrating Colonial camp life. Colonial games for children and pony rides. Art demonstrations. Display of Civil War artifacts and relic collections. Master gardeners will hold a plant clinic. Tri-State Astronomers' presentation. Antique car show. South Mountain Battlefield Park will host demonstrations by Civil War living historians and talks about soldier and civilian life at Washington Monument State Park. Artillery and infantry demonstrations. Federal City Brass Band will perform a benefit concert for the state battlefield, 4 p.m. Saturday in Shafer Park. Free trolley rides between Shaffer Park and the Washington Monument. Call 301-432-5889.

The Bulldog/Viking Roundup will be held Saturday, Sept. 16, at Volvo Powertrain North America, north of Hagerstown. Free admission and entry for truck show and English bulldog beauty contest. Roundup starts at 6:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast. Drive a Mack or Volvo truck for a dollar from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Plant tour. Also dunking booth, toy and model show, free carnival rides and children's games, karaoke, strong-man demonstration, magicians, DJ and food court. Rain or shine. Proceeds benefit San Mar Children's home, Marshall Street School and local Lions Clubs. Truck show registration 6 a.m. to noon with show at noon. Categories include Mack/Volvo tractors; non-Mack/Volvo tractors; combinations; non-Mack/Volvo dump trucks; wreckers; best fire/rescue in service; best fire/rescue out-of-service trucks; and best in-service fire aerial trucks. People's choices will be awarded. Registration for English bulldog beauty contest 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. with 9:30 a.m. contest. Call 301-790-5994 or 301-790-5400, ext. 5065.

Festival for the Arts at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts on Saturday, Sept. 16, kicks off the 75th anniversary celebration for the museum in Hagerstown's City Park. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on museum grounds. Free trolley rides, art and craft vendors, face painting, kid's printmaking center, caricatures by Kent Roberts, self-portraits by Allison Weaver, jewelry-making center, "My Name" art center and balloons. Art demonstrations. Food for sale. Call 301-739-5727 or go to Mansion House will have artist demonstrations and Hager House will have petting zoo and pony rides.

Sharpsburg Heritage Day is Saturday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. First block of South Mechanic Street, Sharpsburg. Includes Rohrersville Band, 2nd Maryland Fife and Drum, Wildcat Regiment Band, lectures, battle of the bands and church tour. Cost for some activities. Stone house walking tour; ticket price to be determined. Pig roast picnic dinner, 5 to 7 p.m., St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 209 W. Main St. Costs $8 in advance; $10 at the door; $4 for ages 12 and younger. Followed by Jimmy Brown and Friends, 7:30 p.m. free concert. 7 p.m. alley walk with 2nd Maryland Fifes and Drums. Call 301-432-8765 or go to

Hancock Canal-Apple Days Festival will be the weekend of Sept. 16 and 17 at Widmeyer Park. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Parade to park begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at Park-N-Dine Restaurant. Music by Tri-State Big Band, Grassy Ridge, Praise Band, and DJs Fossil & Company and Scorpion. Festival dance is Saturday, 9 p.m. to midnight, at Hancock American Legion Post 26 with music by Fossil & Company. Baby contest and antique & classic car show on Sunday. Call 301-331-3334 or go to

Hagerstown Suns Chili Cook-off & Music Festival is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown. Bands include rock, jazz and blues. Kid's zone. Advance tickets are $10, adults; $5, ages 4 to 12. At the gate, tickets are $12, adults; $6, ages 4 to 12. Free for ages 3 and younger. Benefits Walnut Street Community Health Center and the Community Free Clinic. To register for the cook-off or for tickets, call 301-791-6266 or go to

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