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Events to showcase Smithsburg's pride

July 08, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

SMITHSBURG -- The annual celebration known as Smithsburg Pride Days is more than just a way to express that emotion. It is named for an apple that used to be grown in the area.

Tonya Meadows, chairwoman of this year's Pride Days on July 18 and 19, said she learned that interesting fact when she was doing her homework for the role she took on for the first time this year.

"Last year, I attended Smithsburg Pride Days and I thought more could be done," Meadows said.

So she talked with some friends, went to a meeting and agreed in January to coordinate the 2009 event.

For one thing, the July 18 parade will have more units this year, Meadows said. There will be majorettes, miniature horses, Smithsburg Little Sluggers and a number of bands.

"People are still contacting me to be in the parade," Meadows said on June 26.

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The 11 a.m. parade will begin on Bradbury Avenue and go through town to FilTec. From there, all events will be at Smithsburg Veterans Park off Water Street.

A covered wagon will be hauling people around for three hours on July 18, she said.

Antique car club displays will be set up on the carnival grounds to the rear of Smithsburg Volunteer Fire Co., Meadows said.

Local band Cold Mountain will perform July 18 for one hour at the carnival grounds, starting at 12:30 p.m.

In addition, the Humane Society of Washington County will hold a rabies clinic from noon to 4 p.m. July 18 on the carnivalgrounds at a cost of $7 per vaccination.

One of the first steps in this year's plans was a coloring contest for students in grades kindergarten through five at Smithsburg Elementary School.

"There were six winners, and their artwork is on the cover and back of the Smithsburg Pride Days program," Meadows said. "Those winners will also be riding in the parade."

The Smithsburg Library, which is in Veterans Park, is holding activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 18 and from noon to 4 p.m. July 19, when there will be music by Ray Owen (at 1 and 2:30 p.m.) and vendors available.

A street dance and fireworks display are also planned.

A native of Montgomery County, Md., Meadows is a graduate of Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va. She has taught school in Washington County and coached sports.

Smithsburg Pride Days committee members include Debbie Campbell, Charles Eichelberger, Betsy Martin, Angela Norford, Frank Schaller, Michelle Vidal, Dawn Wisz and Lindsay Karroll.

For more information, go to www.orgsites.com/md/smithsburgpridedays.

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