Apples, pumpkins, music, poetry, trolleys ... they're all part of the Fall festival fun

August 29, 2008|By JULIE E. GREENE

Take craft booths, food vendors, live music, children's activities, some fresh air and a crowd of happy people. Mix well, and you have a festival.

There will be no shortage of festivals this fall. At least four take place this weekend - Maugansville Pride Day, Shippensburg Corn Festival, Cacapon State Park Homecoming and South Morgan Volunteer Fire Department's annual dinner and yard party.

The Shippensburg Corn Festival, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, will bring hundreds of people to downtown Shippensburg, Pa., to taste corn products such as corn dogs, chicken corn soup and corn fritters. Corn will be for sale, too. There will be about 300 craft vendors, 30 food vendors, a puppet show, antique car show, antique tractor display, and two stages of live music, including square dancing and line dancing. Jamey Turner will play music with glasses of water, which he refers to as a glass harp. Go to


Here in Washington County, Maugansville Ruritan Community Park will host Maugansville Pride Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The festival will include about 50 craft vendors, games organized by Boy Scout Troop 64, a country-western dance demonstration and displays by the fire company and local businesses. There will be live music throughout the day. Pride Day has free admission and parking, which is at Maugansville Elementary School.

South Morgan's dinner and yard party will be Saturday at the South Morgan (W.Va.) Volunteer Fire Department on Winchester Grade Road. Fire department water games will be held at noon. Live auction at 7 p.m. Ham and chicken dinners, 1 to 7 p.m. Bluegrass music throughout the evening. Moonbounce and games. Call 800-447-8797.

Cacapon State Park's Homecoming Celebration, 12:30 p.m. to early evening, Sunday, Aug. 31. Music acts on gazebo stage include Incredible Driftin' Whistle Pigs, Sanders Sisters, The Stevens Family, New Moon and Pete Gordon. There will be a silent auction. Free swimming and boating for festival participants. Food. Call 304-258-1022.

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

There will not be a Potomac Arts Festival this fall and the West Virginia Book Faire, normally held in November in Martinsburg, W.Va., will be next April.

Also, Volvo Powertrain will not be having a Bulldog Viking Roundup this fall, in favor of a company picnic instead, said Angela Johnson, communications assistant.

Moved from spring to fall was the Cumberland Valley Pottery Festival at Renfrew Park in Waynesboro, Pa.

Here are upcoming festival highlights by county:


Boonesborough Days, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the weekend of Sept. 6 and 7 in Boonsboro's Shafer Park. Features 150 early American arts, crafts and antiques vendors; also food vendors. Playground for children. Pony rides, sand art and wash-off tattoos. Historic craft demonstrations. Frontiersmen re-enactment encampment. Revolutionary War and Civil War medical demonstrations. Master Gardeners will hold a plant clinic. On Sunday, free trolley rides from Shafer Park to Washington Monument State Park, which is hosting a living history weekend with Civil War re-enactors and overview talks about the Battle of South Mountain. For more information, call 301-432-5889 or go to

Sharpsburg Heritage Days Festival, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the weekend of Sept. 13 and 14 around the fire hall on Chapline Street. Crafts, historic places tour, food, books, craft and period demonstrations including spinning wool. Music includes Rohrersville Band, 2nd Maryland Fife & Drum Corps and The Speakeasy Boys. Horse and wagon ride tours of the town. Go to

Autumn Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13 and 14, at Hager House, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Mansion House Art Gallery and Hagerstown Railroad Museum in Hagerstown's City Park. About 40 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, live music, children's art activities, petting zoo, pony rides, French and Indian War-era encampment, barrel cart train rides and railroad displays. Theatrical and dance performances. Call 301-739-8393.

Hancock Canal-Apple Days, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, Widmeyer Park. Parade with 30 antique tractors, bands and marching groups starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at Park-N-Dine Restaurant and goes to park. Stuart Mosier's Out of Order performs Saturday. At least 65 craft vendors. Baby contest, Sunday. Call 301-678-6555.

Hagerstown Suns Chili Cook-off & Music Festival starts at noon Saturday, Sept. 20, at Municipal Stadium. Bands include No Tell Motel, Josh Morningstar and Of Broken. Children's activities. About 30 chili-cooking teams are expected. Advance tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 4 to 12. To register for cook-off or for tickets, call 301-791-6266 or go to

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