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See trolleys, hear bluegrass music

Solo music competition joins annual festival in Myersville, Md.

Solo music competition joins annual festival in Myersville, Md.

October 18, 2007|By JULIE E. GREENE

MYERSVILLE, Md. - A bluegrass competition at a trolley festival?

Traditionally, the Myersville Trolley Festival has tried to offer entertainment and items for sale from the H-F (Hagerstown-Frederick) Railway era, and bluegrass fits into that, organizer Don Easterday said.

Organizers also are hoping to boost attendance for the event.

Now in its 14th year, the trolley festival has attracted 3,000 to 4,000 people in recent years, but attendance has been as high as 9,000 people, said organizers Don and Wanda Easterday.

The bluegrass competition, which will feature at least 15 contestants, will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the festival grounds on Canada Hill Road. On Sunday, competitors are expected to jam informally throughout the afternoon, said Nick Carras, event chairman.

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Contestants will be judged on timing, style, tuning, difficulty of material, execution and overall performance. First place wins $600; second place, $400; and third place, $200. To apply for the solo bluegrass competition, contact Carras by calling 301-473-8800.

Approximately 70 arts and crafts vendors are expected Saturday and Sunday, said event organizer Staci Fromwiller.

Food for sale will include oyster sandwiches, crab cakes, Thai food, apple dumplings, pies, soups and ice cream, Fromwiller said.

Other activities at the event include a large outdoor train layout, remote-controlled airplane demonstrations, children's activities, a Union soldier re-enactment group and animal exhibits, including llamas, rabbits and longhorn cattle, organizers said.

Admission to the festival is free. There are small fees for horse-drawn hayrides, pony rides and the trolley shuttle (for people who park in downtown Myersville and want a ride to the festival), organizers said.

The shuttle is a trolley replica with tires.

There also will be presentations about the history of the H-F Railway. An authentic trolley car from that railway will be on display and people can climb aboard the car, which no longer runs, to hear Don Easterday talk about its history. Portions of the railway operated in Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland and Franklin County in Pennsylvania from 1894 to 1954 with its heyday from 1904 to 1938, Don Easterday said.




If you go ...



WHAT: Myersville Trolley Festival & Bluegrass Solo Competition

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, and Sunday, Oct. 21

WHERE: Off Canada Hill Road north of Myersville, Md.

COST: Free admission

DIRECTIONS: From Hagerstown, take Interstate 70 east to exit 42 for Myersville. Turn right onto Main Street and go through Myersville. At the end of town is a stop sign; continue straight as Main Street becomes Canada Hill Road. Go about 1/2 mile and follow signs for the trolley festival.

MORE: For more information, call 301-293-2888 or go to www.myersvillelionsclub.org/trolley.




Schedule for Myersville Trolley Festival & Bluegrass Solo Competition



Saturday, Oct. 20

· 10:30 a.m. - Opening ceremony; demonstration on making primitive tools

· 11 a.m. - Garden train demonstration about mountain building

· 11:30 a.m. - Hear about the trolley's history inside the restored trolley; Civil War living history about a soldier's life

· 12:30 p.m. - Bluegrass solo competition begins

· 1:30 p.m. - Garden train demonstration on trestle building

· 2 p.m. - Fire-making demonstration using primitive tools

· 3 p.m. - Hear about the trolley's history inside the restored trolley; Civil War living history about a civilian's life

Sunday, Oct. 21

· 10:30 a.m. - Worship service

· 11 a.m. - Garden train demonstration on trestle building

· 11:30 a.m. - Hear about the trolley's history inside the restored trolley; Civil War living history about a civilian's life

· Noon - Sheepherding demonstration

· 12:30 p.m. - Fire-making demonstration using primitive tools

· 1:30 p.m. - Garden train demonstration about mountain building

· 2 p.m. - Myersville Elementary School students sing; Demonstration on making primitive tools; Hear about the trolley's history inside the restored trolley

· 2:15 p.m. - Sheepherding demonstration

· 2:45 p.m. - Old-fashioned cake walk

· 3 p.m. - Live auction; Civil War living history about a soldier's life

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