A roundup of Labor Day weekend events

September 03, 2009|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

For the person manning the grill, Labor Day rarely means labor-free. But several events going on in the Tri-State promise to take the labor out of Labor Day.

Hear the motors roar at the Mason-Dixon Dragway near Boonsboro. Kick up your feet and relax with family at a picnic in Shepherdstown, W.Va., or slosh down the Shenandoah or Potomac rivers, as you check out one-of-a-kind views of historic sites in Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Let someone else do the work this weekend. The Herald-Mail rounded up a few events going on during the three-day Labor Day weekend. Here are some events to choose from:

Maugansville Pride Day

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 5. Sponsored by the Maugansville Ruritan Club. Maugansville Ruritan Community Park, off Maugans Avenue, Maugansville, near Maugansville Elementary School. In past years, the event has attracted about 3,000 people.


WHAT YOU'LL SEE: Fifty craft vendors, a country-western dance demonstration and displays by Maugansville Fire company and local businesses. The Maugansville Historical Society will sell a 2009 replica of Maugansville Elementary School.

COST: Free admission

CONTACT: Bob Walton, 301-739-6742.

Drag racing near Boonsboro

Labor Day Weekend Classic, Sept. 4, to Sept. 7, Mason-Dixon Dragway, 21003 National Pike, north of Boonsboro.

WHAT YOU'LL SEE: An array of drag races, including a super ET, a pro-driver race, street races and motorcycles, plus a junior dragster race. Last year, The Herald-Mail reported that the event drew 4,000 spectators and an estimated 300 racers.

The full schedule is at www.masondixondrag .

COST: $10 spectator admission for adults; free admission for spectators 12 or younger.

CONTACT: Go to www.masondixondrag or call the track hotline, 301-791-5193.

Shepherdstown Labor Day Weekend Picnic and Concert

The event is from 2:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at Rumsey Memorial Park off Mill Street in Shepherdstown, W.Va. The event was organized by the Shepherdstown Rotary Club and Shepherdstown Parks and Recreation.

WHAT YOU'LL SEE: Lots of music and food.

Bring your own food or eat whatever vendors have for sale. There will be performances by Shepherd University Jazz Combo (2:30 to 3:45 p.m.); Steve Warner & The Rolling Coyotes (4 to 5:15 p.m.); Scott Paddock (5:30 to 7 p.m.); and the Junkyard Saints (7:30 to 9 p.m.).

COST: Free admission.

Parking will be tight, so organizers have asked attendees to park in the university lot at Princess and High Streets. A shuttle will transport people to and from the lot.

CONTACT: Contact Carl Moore at 304-876-6176 or e-mail

River rafting in Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Historical River Tours offers guided whitewater trips down the Shenandoah River and the Potomac River. Which route you get depends on water levels, owner Eric Neilson said.

The trips take around five hours.


One-of-a-kind views of historic sites from the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers.

If you ride the Shenandoah, you get to see Spike Dam - not accessible via Harpers Ferry National Historical Park - and you'll lunch at Virginia Island.

If you take the Potomac route, you'll get a view of the back of Murphy's farm, the site of the historic Niagara Movement, a meeting that led to the formation of the NAACP, and you'll also pass a prohibition-era moonshine operation.


$59.95 to $65.95

Historical River Tours will charge its $59.95 weekend rate for Monday, Labor Day. The Potomac trip costs $64.95. Historical River Tours provides lunch and the equipment.


Reserve trips at least three days ahead of time by calling 410-489-2837. Go to

Benfest in Franklin County, Pa.

Benfest is set for Monday, Labor Day, in Chambersburg. The event is a tribute to Franklin County's namesake, Ben Franklin, and celebrates the county's 225th anniversary. There will be a parade followed by a string of events at The Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., downtown Chambersburg.


A parade, wacky contest entrants and a whole bunch of Ben Franklin look-alikes.

The parade starts at 10 a.m. Monday and proceeds along Main Street, Washington Street and Second Street. The parade disbands at Grant Street.

Benfest festivities will be held at The Capitol Theatre from 1 to 4 p.m. Activities include live music, presentations by several "Ben Franklins" and contests.

Fireworks are scheduled for dusk, around 9 p.m. at Southgate Shopping Center.


It's free.


Call the Franklin County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 717-709-7204 or 866-646-8060 or go to


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