Hancock festival expands beyond fruit

September 14, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

HANCOCK - After three decades, Hancock's annual Canal Apple Days Festival isn't just about apples anymore.

The Hancock Lions Club will host the 30th annual festival on Saturday and Sunday at Widmeyer Park.

It started all those years ago as a way to promote the town's apple industry, said Hancock Lions Club President James "Red" Smith, the festival's chairman. Through the years, changes in the economy have made the industry everything but lucrative, past organizers said.

"We've kind of gotten away from that," Smith said of the no-longer apple-centric festival. "The name kind of stuck. We'll still have apple cider."

Besides cider, Smith said there will be more than 90 vendors on the park grounds, plus 16 to 17 food vendors. Scheduled activities include live music performances, a car show, a parade and a dance party. Parade participants could win a $2,500 prize for the best float, Smith said.



All events are at Widmeyer Park unless otherwise noted. Those wanting to participate in the parade should contact Fran Shives by calling 301-678-6938 or e-mailing by Friday, Sept. 15. There is no fee to register.


· 11 a.m. - Parade. Starts at Park-N-Dine Restaurant on Main Street (Md. 144) and ends at Widmeyer Park.

· 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Vendors

· Noon to 2 p.m. - Live DJ

· 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. - Performance by the jazz group Tri-State Big Band

· 4 to 6 p.m. - Live DJ

· 9 p.m. to midnight - Canal Apple Festival Dance with live DJ. Hancock American Legion Post 26, off Main Street (Md. 144), near the Park-N-Dine Restaurant.


· Noon to 3 p.m. - Music by Grassy Ridge

· Noon to 5 p.m. - Vendors

· 12:30 p.m. - Baby contest registration

· 1 to 5 p.m. - Antique and classic car show

· 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. - Baby contest (infants judged in various categories)

· 3:15 to 5 p.m. - Music by the Hancock United Methodist Church Praise Band

If you go ...

WHAT: 30th annual Hancock Canal Apple Days Festival

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, plus Saturday night dance, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17

WHERE: Widmeyer Park, Hancock

COST: Free

MORE: For more information, call 301-331-3334.

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