Hancock's Canal-Apple Days has a broad focus

September 12, 2007|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

HANCOCK - Canal-Apple Days is about people, parades and fresh apple cider on the spot.

Hancock's Lions and Lioness Clubs will host the 31st Canal-Apple Days, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Widmeyer Park.

At least 60 craft, art and food vendors are expected at the park Saturday and Sunday, said Lions Club chairman and organizer James "Red" Smith. There also will be an old-fashioned press cranking out apple cider.

A parade kicks off the festivities Saturday along Main Street. Other activities include a baby contest and live music performances at the park.

Staff and children at Good Shepherd Preschool in Hancock hope their float, "Candy Apple of My Teacher's Eye," wins first prize in the parade this year, said January Souders, the preschool's director. The school won second prize last year.


"The children will be sitting on the trailer dressed as red candy apples," Souders said.

Between 60 and 80 parade units are expected in this year's parade, said organizer and Lioness June Mills.

On average, the event draws between 1,500 and 2,200 people, Smith said.

Canal-Apple Days is a nod to the region's apple industry heritage, Mills said. The apple industry once thrived along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, Mills said.

If you go ...

WHAT: Canal-Apple Days

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16

WHERE: Widmeyer Park, Hancock

COST: Free admission

MORE: For directions and other information, contact James "Red" Smith at 301-331-3334.

Canal-Apple Days schedule


11 a.m. to 5 p.m. - arts, crafts and food vendors, a cider press and antique tractor display

11 a.m. - Grand Parade. Route travels down Main Street, from the Park-N-Dine to Widmeyer Park. Lineup starts at 10 a.m. For more information about the parade, contact June Mills by calling 301-678-6554 or e-mailing

Noon to 2 p.m. - DJ

3 to 5 p.m. - music by Donna and Russ


Noon to 5 p.m. - arts, crafts and food vendors, and a cider press

Noon to 3 p.m. - antique tractor display

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. - baby contest. Registration from 1 to 1:30 p.m.

2 to 3:30 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. - gospel music performance

By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

January Sounders, director of Good Shepherd Preschool in Hancock, works on elements of the float the school will have in the parade Saturday during the 31st Canal-Apple Days.

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