SHARPSBURG -- Sharpsburg might be known for the its part in the Civil War, but organizers of the Sharpsburg Heritage Festival say there is much more to the small historic town.
Hundreds of people milled about downtown Saturday to celebrate the history of Sharpsburg.
"What we are trying to do here is embrace all our history," said Natoma Reed-Vargason, board president for the festival.
Living historians mingled with visitors as they enjoying barbecue chicken from the Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Co., ate ice cream, browsed vendors, watched demonstrations or listened to music.
Through the last 14 years, the festival has had its ups and down, Reed-Vargason said.
It now is on the upswing, she said.
Hazel Smith has lived in downtown Sharpsburg along Md. 34 for 40 years and has seen every heritage festival.
"It's gotten smaller," she said, thinking back to the festival years ago. "It's very nice though."
Sitting on her porch enjoying the mild temperatures and the music with her sister and daughter, Smith said she liked how the festival highlights history and wanted to see it focus even more on the history of the town where she was born and raised.