Staff picks: Our top ten events

August 19, 2010

The Top Five

Simple Transport car show

German air-cooled automobiles and custom, classic and vintage BMX bicycle show. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, Hagerstown Fairgrounds Park, off Cannon Avenue. For autos entering the show, entry fee is $10 per vehicle; free show admission for Type 3s and Type 34 Ghias; $3 per bicycle. Admission costs $2 for spectators; free for ages 12 and younger. Call 301-582-1452 or go to

Model train show

Hagerstown Railroad Museum and the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum will host their first summer train show at Zion Lutheran Church, 35 W. Potomac St., Williamsport, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 21. Admission is $3; free for ages 12 and younger. Call 301-739-4665.

Football kickoff party

The fundraiser features DJ music, live music, lunch, dinner, craziest fan contest, line dance contest and appearances by area football teams. Hosted by DJ Gridiron. 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, Rochester Place behind The Plum restaurant, in the alley off the first block of West Washington Street in downtown Hagerstown. $10, includes lunch and dinner platter and unlimited beverages. Proceeds benefit Enclave Business Society's Youth Foundation. Call Randy at 301-988-3434.


Colonial family fun

A chance for kids of all ages to learn about the history and rules of some of the popular pastimes of Western Maryland frontier families. Games include rounders, quoits and nine pins. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, Jonathan Hager House and Museum, City Park, Hagerstown. Advance registration requested. Call 301-739-8393.

Jefferson County Fair

The fair opens Saturday, Aug. 21, and runs for a week near Kearneysville, W.Va. Events include pageants, tractor contests, a demolition derby, live music, cow chip bingo and much more. Admission costs $5; $3 ages 6 through 15; free for ages 5 and younger. Go to

The Five Free

Military band

The U.S. Air Force Concert Band performs. 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, Hagerstown Community College's Alumni Amphitheater, off Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown. Free. Call 301-790-2800, ext. 346, or e-mail

American roots concert

Down Home Roots music. Lineup includes Tari Hampe (left), Virgil Ruppenthal, Sam and Joe Herrmann, All Grassed Up, Chelsea McBee, Morgan County Line, Lickety Split Banjo Boys and the Liggett Brothers. 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, Berkeley Springs State Park, off Fairfax Street, Berkeley Springs, W.Va. Rain site is at the Ice House Art Center. For more, go to

Ride with Ponch

Erik Estrada will lead the ride. Surreal will perform classic rock. 1 p.m. registration; ride starts at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, at Berkeley Plaza, Martinsburg, W.Va. Autograph session with Estrada from 5 to 11 p.m. Proceeds from Estrada's appearance will go to Hospice of the Panhandle. Call 304-262-4200 or e-mail

Carnival rides and freebies

The Hagerstown Suns invite fans to a free carnival featuring carnival games, free Suns hats, inflatables and an appearance by the Suns mascot, Woolie. Presented by Drug Free Washington County. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, Municipal Stadium, 274 Memorial Blvd. East, Hagerstown. Call 301-791-6266 or go to

Tomato tasting

The public may taste many types of tomatoes and rate them. There will also be a salsa contest. Entrants are invited to bring a large bowl of their own special salsa, along with chips and the recipe. Sponsored by the Master Gardeners of Franklin County's Penn State Cooperative Extension. Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, Horticultural Center, Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, Pa. Call 717-263-9226.

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