Anchors aweigh for 7th annual Barge Bash

May 13, 2009

HANCOCK -- The Hancock Arts Council challenges all boating and canal enthusiasts to get ready to weigh anchor because the Hancock Barge Bash is back.

The 7th annual Barge Bash will launch on Saturday, June 27, on the scenic C&O Canal National Historical Park in Hancock. This year's event is sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council, the Town of Hancock, and the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

According to Arts Council representatives, there have been some strange sightings in Hancock during previous Barge Bashes including Yellow Submarines, Covered Wagons, the "Beverly Hillbillies", a Statue of Liberty, Pirates of the Caribbean and many more fabulous barges. 

Arts Council Chairman Sinclair Hamilton said, "There is no better way to have a good time than to bring the whole family down to the canal and watch the show."


Dan Murphy, the skipper of many barges in previous years and the mayor of Hancock, also remarked that the unique event is fun for all ages. "It allows our town to remember its ties to the history of the canal and go a little crazy at the same time. You don't want to miss it!" Murphy said.

This year's event will begin at 10 a.m. when entries for the bash begin to assemble for viewing. The event is centered at the Rail Trail parking lot and Canal Street near the Lockhouse restaurant.

At noon, barge entries will be placed in the C&O Canal, and at 1 p.m., the nautical parade begins. Prizes are scheduled to be awarded at 2 p.m.

Individuals, families, friends, groups, teammates, or coworkers are all invited to be creative, have great fun, and win prizes by entering their barges and bringing the people or "horse" power to pull the barges through the water to the finish line.

Anyone who wishes to enter a barge must complete an entry form available at the Hancock Town Hall at 126 W. High St., Hancock. To contact Town Hall, entrants can call 301-678-5622. A registration fee of $25 will be charged for each entry.

In addition to the barge parade, live music, food vendors, photo opportunities, and demonstrations will also be available.

For more information or to reach the Hancock Arts Council, e-mail or call 301-678-6635 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The goal of the Hancock Arts Council is to promote creative endeavors in the area of music, art, and cultural events.

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