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About 130 vendors expected at Williamsport Days

Two-day event also features music, magic and exhibits

Two-day event also features music, magic and exhibits

August 23, 2007|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

WILLIAMSPORT - Park and town officials are gearing up for Williamsport Days, a two-day festival that starts Saturday under the combined efforts of the town and the National Park Service.

The aim of the event is to foster town pride and showcase the history of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, organizers said. Events will be held at two main locations - Byron Memorial Park and Cushwa Basin, along the C&O Canal - but there also will be events at Springfield Barn.

About 130 vendors are expected at Byron Memorial Park, where there will be music and a magic show on Saturday, said James R. Castle, Williamsport's clerk and treasurer.

Several exhibits and demonstrations are scheduled at Cushwa Basin. Children will have a chance on Saturday to meet one of the six mules that help pull boats along the canal, said Bill Justice, the park's chief of resource management and interpretation.

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Williamsport residents have started the party early, as the town has already hosted several prefestival events, including a bike race and a band concert.

Today, there will be a free town picnic at Byron Memorial Park from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with a pool party at community pool and kids' karaoke in the park after the picnic, Castle said.

A free street party is scheduled from 6:30 to 10 Friday night, at Salisbury and Conococheague streets. The town's Lions Club also will hold an ox roast Friday.




If you go ...



WHAT: Williamsport Days

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 25, and Sunday, Aug. 26

WHERE: Two main Williamsport locations - Byron Memorial Park and the Cushwa Basin. Events also will be held both days at Springfield Barn.

COST: Free

MORE: For more information, call Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, 301-714-2214, or Williamsport Town Hall, 301-223-7711.




Williamsport Days schedule



Activities are scheduled at various times Saturday, Aug. 25, and Sunday, Aug. 26, at Byron Memorial Park and at Cushwa Basin. Also, activities at Springfield Barn will include a Civil War encampment and skirmish, memorabilia displays, and samplings of homemade root beer and hobo "spoon hamburgers."

Saturday, Aug. 25

At Byron Memorial Park:

· 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Craft vendors

· 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Pony rides

· 11 a.m. - Karate demonstration

· 1 and 3 p.m. - Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band, gazebo

· 1 and 3 p.m. - Dean Burkett magic show, in the park's community building

At Cushwa Basin:

· 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Meet a C&O Canal mule

· 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Exhibits at Trolley Barn: "What's Wild in Maryland?" presented by the state Department of Natural Resources; "Rock and Roll" geology exhibit; and "I've Been Working on the Railroad," model railroad displays for children of all ages

· 11 a.m. - Storytelling with Bob Wilhelm

· Noon - C&O Canal slideshow about life on the old canal

· Noon to 4 p.m. - Lock demonstrations and tours at the Lock No. 44 lock house

· 1 p.m. - Junior Ranger activities (for ages 5 to 12)

· 2 p.m. - Folk music by Kate Evans

· 3 p.m. - Appalachian mountain music by Mary Dailey

Sunday, Aug. 26

At Byron Memorial Park:

· 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Craft vendors

· 1 to 5 p.m. - Classic car cruise-in. Starts on West Potomac Street, near Conococheague Street, and ends at Cushwa Basin.

At Cushwa Basin:

· 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Exhibits at Trolley Barn: "What's Wild in Maryland?" presented by the state Department of Natural Resources; "Rock and Roll" geology exhibit; and "I've Been Working on the Railroad," model railroad displays for children of all ages

· Noon - C&O Canal slideshow about life on the old canal

· Noon to 4 p.m. - Lock demonstrations and tours at the Lock No. 44 lock house

· 1 p.m. - Appalachian mountain music by Mary Dailey

· 2 to 4 p.m. - Songs and stories of the old canal days with Matthew Dodd

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