Fall festival preview

Music, arts, crafts, food and history galore

Music, arts, crafts, food and history galore

August 30, 2007|By JULIE E. GREENE

Now that the peach and corn festivals are behind us for another year, apple festivals will begin soon, a sure sign of autumn, which doesn't actually begin until Sept. 23.

The fall festival season unofficially begins Saturday with Maugansville Pride Day, which started in 1976 as a way for the unincorporated town to celebrate the nation's bicentennial, said Bob Walton, co-chairman for the event.

"We enjoyed that and decided to try it every year," Walton said.

Pride Day attracts about 3,000 people every year, filling Maugansville Ruritan Park near the fire hall, said Walton, who is with the sponsoring group, the Maugansville Ruritan Club.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, the event will feature about 40 to 50 craft vendors, demonstrations and displays by local businesses, antique cars, games organized by Boy Scout Troop 64, a magic show and a country-western dance demonstration, organizers said.


Heavenly Harmonies gospel group will perform at 9 a.m., and Dixie Grass Bluegrass Band will play in the early afternoon.

Shirley and Don Hovermale of Broadfording Road are bringing three miniature horses for show, for petting and to do jumping and trick demonstrations. They include Star Over Texas, who has won five national championships, including for jumping and obstacle class.

For the taste buds, there will be Pride Day's traditional french fries made in peanut oil (with proceeds going to the fire department), Italian sausages, hamburgers, country ham sandwiches, funnel cakes and Hershey ice cream from Maugansville Creamery.

Pride Day has free admission and parking, which is at Maugansville Elementary School.

The Maugansville Historical Society will be selling the newest addition to the series of wooden replicas of Maugansville faades. This year's replica, for $20, is The First National Bank of Greencastle, Walton said.

There are a couple of changes with other festivals this fall.

No Country Roads Folk Festival is scheduled, but a similar event on a smaller scale is planned for October in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Check for updates.

Also, Celtic Fiddle and Feet (more on this later) is taking the place of Upper Potomac Irish Music Weekend, combining musical traditions of the French-Canadian, Scottish and Irish, said organizer Joanie Blanton.

A new event will be Pickin' in the Panhandle, a bluegrass and barbecue festival on Sept. 8 near Gerrardstown, W.Va.

Here are upcoming festival highlights by county:

Washington County

· Boonesborough Days, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the weekend of Sept. 8-9 in Boonsboro's Shafer Park. Features 150 early American arts, crafts and antiques vendors; also food vendors. Playground for children. Pony rides. Historic craft demonstrations. Display of Civil War artifacts and relics collection. Master gardeners will hold a plant clinic. Tri-State Astronomers' presentation. Strolling banjo player. Birds of prey exhibit, Saturday only. Antique car show, Sunday only. Free trolley rides between Shafer Park and Washington Monument. Call 301-432-5889. South Mountain State Battlefield will be holding events at Washington Monument State Park to commemorate the battle's 145th anniversary.

· Sharpsburg Heritage Festival, Starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, in the Town Square and along South Mechanic Street. Town history display in Town Hall, craft vendors and demonstrations, historical lectures, guided and self-guided Battle of Antietam hospital walking tours and food. Music by Rohrersville Band, 2nd Maryland Fife & Drum Corps, Pennsylvania Wildcat Regiment Band and Antietam Women's Ensemble. Remembrance ceremony and battle of the bands (North vs. South) at noon. Pig roast picnic dinner at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 209 W. Main St. 5 to 7 p.m. followed at 7:30 p.m. with American Hymns/Appalachian Hoedowns concert by Jimmy Brown & Friends. Alley walk with 2nd Maryland Fifes and Drums Corps at 7:30 p.m. Go to

· Bulldog Viking Roundup at Volvo Powertrain North America, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. Truck show, English bulldog contest, tours of manufacturing and engineering areas, toy and model trucks show, drive-a-truck for a buck, free carnival rides and children's games, food court, and Volvo/Mack gift shop and vendors. Proceeds donated to local charities. Rain or shine. Call 301-573-1028 for truck show information. Call 301-790-5400, ext. 5065.

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