Socializing, politicking and eating were on the menu Wednesday when Washington County's Republicans held their annual picnic at Smithsburg Community Park.
The weather was moderate and the chatter was lively among incumbents, challengers and supporters.
Liz Jones, treasurer of the Washington County Republican Club, which held the event, said close to 250 tickets were sold, about 25 percent more than usual.
This year, Republicans are watching and facing off in primaries for county and state offices.
The biggest battle is between state Sen. Donald F. Munson and Del. Christopher B. Shank for Munson's seat.
Republicans also are competing with each other for state delegate seats in Subdistricts 2A, 2B and 3B and for five Washington County Commissioners positions.
Munson and Shank attended the picnic and mingled, keeping separate paths.
Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr. said he could feel the tension between the two candidates and their supporters.
"There's definitely a division there," he said.