National Pike Festival this weekend

May 19, 2011

WASHINGTON COUNTY — The National Pike Festival begins Friday night in Clear Spring and weaves along National Pike, known today as U.S. 40, to Boonsboro.

The three-day event begins with an encampment in Clear Spring. On Saturday morning more than 25 wagons and 30 outriders are expected to leave from Clear Spring and head toward Boonsboro, where the group will convene on Sunday.

The caravan will make stops along the way to rest and to bed down for the night.

The 32-mile procession includes covered wagons and horse-drawn carriages similar to ones that once drove along the same road more than 200 years ago.

The festival is sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Festival activities include:

Friday, May 20
• Plumb Grove, Clear Spring — Wagon-train encampment. 5 to 8 p.m. Plumb Grove, 12654 Broadfording Road. Open to the public. Food and live music.

Saturday, May 21
• Plumb Grove, Clear Spring — 6 to 9 a.m. breakfast available for purchase; harnessing and hitching, 6-9 a.m. Wagon train departs at 9 a.m. Parade at 9:30 a.m.
• Wilson Store and Bridge, U.S. 40, east of Clear Spring, above Conococheague Creek —  10:30 a.m. wagon train stops. Crosses Wilson Stone Bridge, 11:15 a.m.
• Huyett’s Crossroads (Wacohu Grange), 100 yards west of U.S. 40 and Md. 63 intersection — Noon to 12:30 p.m., wagon train stops. Breakfast available for purchases 7:30-11 a.m. Chicken barbecue for sale to support scholarship program. Bake sale and flea market.
• Hagerstown City Park — 2 to 2:30 p.m., wagon-train stop. Hager House open for tours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free pony rides 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Ravenwood Lutheran Village, Kenly Avenue, Hagerstown — Brief stop at 3:30 p.m.
• Funkstown Community Park — Wagon-train overnight encampment beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 22
• Funkstown Community Park — Wagon train departs at 10 a.m.
• Boonsboro — Auction Square Market Place, Alternate U.S. 40, noon, wagon train stops for lunch. Departs 12:45 p.m.
• Boonsboro’s Shafer Memorial Park — 1:30 p.m., wagon train arrives, final stop. Free pony rides, blacksmith demonstration, food for purchase.

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