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Maugansville takes 'Pride' in charities with fundraiser

August 31, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

MAUGANSVILLE - When Maugansville Pride Day opened Saturday morning, Kristin Hutchinson would have described herself as a novice ice cream scooper.

By noon, the 23-year-old volunteer was an old hand at dishing out her sweet treats - all eight flavors to young and old. "It's all good," Hutchinson said. "I'm really enjoying the day."

Hutchinson participated in the event for the first time, and was among an army of volunteers at the all-day event.

"We started this event in 1981," said Martin Lumm, a member of the Maugansville Ruritan Club, which sponsored the event.

More than 50 vendors blanketed the park grounds, both under roof and tents and on open ground. The smell of french fries, funnel cakes and all kinds of barbecue attracted many in the large crowd.

Games were organized by Boy Scout Troop 64, there was a country-western dance demonstration, and displays were provided by the Maugansville Goodwill Fire Company and local businesses.

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Live music also was provided throughout the day.

"Pride Day started out as a fun thing, but it turned into a good moneymaker," said Don Harsh, treasurer of the Maugansville Ruritan Club.

All of the proceeds will go to charities and good causes in the local area, Harsh said. In years past, a particular family in need sometimes would be designated, but not this year.

Not only does Maugansville Pride Day give back to the community, it also lets new people see what's happening in the community, Harsh said.

Club members maintain the grounds and building at the park, which is adjacent to Maugansville Elementary School.

Other club moneymakers include a spring auction and Christmas tree sales at Long Meadow Shopping Center.

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