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September 16, 2010|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

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Canal-Apple weekend

It's the big weekend in Hancock.

The annual Canal-Apple Days Festival will be in full swing all weekend - two full days of public events, food, fellowship and a celebration of Hancock's historical past and optimistic present.

Hancock Canal-Apple Days is sponsored by the Hancock Lions Club, but features all community organizations and citizens.

The day begins early Saturday when the Masons cook breakfast in the park from 7 to 10 a.m.

Many vendors will have set up the night before or will be in the process of setting up their tents and displaying their wares.

Dash up to the Pennsylvania state line at 9 a.m. to join the Walk Across Maryland. For information about this unique event (yes, we really DO walk across the state from the Mason-Dixon Line to the Potomac River), call Hahn and Nelson Family Medical Practice at 301-678-7007.


After breakfast and the hike, the grand parade begins from the east end of Main Street, down the middle of town to Widmeyer Park. Floats, high school bands, including our own award-winning Hancock Panthers Marching Band, marching units and local units make up this colorful and traditional parade. Marchers step off at 11 a.m. along Main Street.

This year, there is a new feature on Saturday. The Hancock Lions Club is sponsoring a fiddle and banjo contest Saturday at 2 p.m. There will be three categories: youth, adult and senior. Trophies will be awarded. For a registration form, call Bill Minnick at 717-294-6167.

On Sunday, the vendors in the park reopen about noon after church, and the Hancock Lioness Club is sponsoring a baby contest at 1:30 p.m. Registration at the Lions pavilion in Widmeyer Park is from noon to 1:15 p.m. The oldest infant allowed to enter must have turned 3 on or before Sept. 19. For more information, call Kasey Minnick at 717-294-6167.

There will also be live entertainment Sunday. Listen and/or dance to the sounds of a variety of music by Take Two (Russ and Donna Miller). Dancing will be under the gazebo in the park.

Both days, barbecued chicken will be sold by the Hancock Lions, and the Hancock Lionesses will be selling funnel cakes. The Lions will also be selling apple cider, freshly pressed on site at the festival. And don't forget the apple dumplings, provided homemade by St. Peter's and St. Patrick's Catholic churches, this year celebrating 175 years of Roman Catholic worship in the Hancock area.

Civil War liturgy

Another historic church, St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, joins in the Canal-Apple Days celebration by hosting a Sunday morning liturgy from the Civil War era. The worship service will use the Prayer Book from back then, and some parishioners will be dressed in period costume.

After the 10 a.m. service, there will be a re-enactment on the grounds of the days during the Civil War when the church was used as a hospital while Hancock was under siege. Tours of the church and cemetery will be offered. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call the church at 301-678-6569.

Photo contest

The fifth annual Hancock Area Photo Contest has drawn to a close, and 119 photos now take center stage on the Hancock Facebook page.

It will be a difficult task for the judges this year, as I have taken a peek at the photographs - and they are outstanding. Some of them will be on display in the widows of the old Game Room at the corner of Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Winners will be announced at the Hancock War Memorial Library Saturday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

Alpaca Farm Days

Coming up, National Alpaca Farm Days will take place Sept. 25 and 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cherry Run Farm, 595 Dyer Road, Mercersburg, Pa.

The farm is five miles off Interstate 70, north of Hancock. The celebration includes free food, live music from the Hancock-based duo Take Two and activities for children.

For more information, call 717-294-6115 or go to

Flag football game

Lorie Faith and Shannon McKinley have organized the Panthers Alumni Flag Football game to be held in Widmeyer Park on Saturday, Oct. 2.

Games will start at 10 a.m. with a registration fee of $15 to cover cost of a shirt for the participant. Any former Panthers football player is encouraged to participate regardless of the year they graduated.

Teams will be put together according to years of graduation and number of participants registered.

This is a great day to spend in Hancock. It is my understanding that the Hancock Lions will offer breakfast that morning and then Hancock in Motion will host a duck derby at 2 p.m. that afternoon in the park.

Registration forms can be obtained at local businesses or by calling 301-678-7648 or 301-678-5977.

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