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Fall = festivals and fun

August 29, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

OK. Technically, it won't be autumn until late September, but that won't stop fall festival season from arriving.

There's at least one new festival, Norwalk Festival in Martinsburg, W.Va., but the season is also chock-a-block with favorites.

Sharpsburg's heritage festival got a makeover and is going back to the streets as a street fest.

Martinsburg's Roundhouse Rail Days moved from summer's heat to what organizers hope is October's cooler weather.

Paw Paw (W.Va.) Festival has been scaled back due to the economy and lack of manpower, said Paw Paw Town Manager Julie Kidwell. There will not be a parade or carnival rides.

And a few festivals are taking a break, at least for this year.

There will not be a Downtown Live! Music & Arts Festival in downtown Hagerstown this fall, according to a voice mail left by Mike Deming, a downtown developer who organizes Downtown Live! events.

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Joanie Blanton, with Shepherdstown (W.Va.) Music and Dance, said there will not be an Upper Potomac Fall Dulcimer Fest in Shepherdstown. The spring dulcimer fest has been doing better and, with the recession, Blanton needed to cut back. She anticipates more people will come to the spring dulcimer fest as they enjoy getting out at the end of a cold winter.

There will not be a Bedington Day festival in Berkeley County, W.Va., though the event is expected to return in 2010, said John Overington, one of the organizers. The event takes a lot of work and organizers decided to take a break and come back next year.

There are a few festivals this coming weekend.

Here in Washington County, Maugansville Ruritan Community Park will host Maugansville Pride Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5. The festival will include about 50 craft vendors, a country-western dance demonstration and displays by the fire company and local businesses. The Maugansville Historical Society will sell the 2009 replica of Maugansville Elementary School. Pride Day has free admission and parking, which is at Maugansville Elementary School.

South Morgan's dinner and yard party will be Saturday, Sept. 5, 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 by Five of a Kind throughout the evening. Moonbounce and games. Call 304-258-4092.

Here are upcoming festival highlights by county:

Washington County



o Autumn Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12 and 13, at Hager House, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Mansion House art gallery and Hagerstown Railroad Museum in Hagerstown's City Park. More than 30 arts and crafts vendors, food, Appalachian-style music, children's art activities, art demonstrations, petting zoo, pony rides, French and Indian War-era encampment, barrel-cart train rides and railroad displays. Theatrical and dance performances, including Native American dancers. Call 301-739-8393.

o Boonesborough Days Festival & Craft Show, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the weekend of Sept. 12 in Boonsboro's Shafer Park. Features more than 150 arts, crafts and food vendors. Historic craft demonstrations. Master Gardeners will hold a plant clinic. Tri-State Astronomers will set up a special telescope to view sunspots. Strolling banjo man and Flights' End Raptors on Saturday. Antique car show and community worship service on Sunday. Dedication for restored Boonsboro Trolley Station on Main Street at 6 p.m. Saturday. Free trolley service between Shafer Park and parking at Boonsboro school complex. Call 301-432-5889. South Mountain's Living History Weekend. Civil War living historians will present demonstrations and talks to illustrate the life of the soldiers and civilians. Programs at Washington Monument State Park. For more information, call South Mountain State Battlefield at 301-432-8065.

o Sharpsburg Heritage Street Fest, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Sharpsburg Town Square and the fire hall grounds off Chapline Street. Pancake breakfast at fire hall at 7 a.m. More than 30 arts, crafts, community groups and small business booths, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Music, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. includes Rohrersville Band, Jennie Avila and Stephen Wright, Speakeasy Boys, Hucklebuck, Gary Jackson Band, Shane Dodson Band, and Kelly Carmichael. Children's activities. Community yard sale. Food. "Six Degrees of Separation from Capt. Bender" game. Call 301-730-7242.

o Hancock Canal-Apple Days, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, 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. Craft vendors. Variety music by Square Deal Band on Saturday and by Russ and Donna Miller Band on Sunday. Baby contest, Sunday. Call 301-678-6555 or 301-573-1927.

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