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June 16, 2011|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

HANCOCK — Hancock to host a big bash this Saturday
Plan to visit Hancock this Saturday for a great day of special events. Begin your day in Widmeyer Park with a hot breakfast served from 7 to 10 a.m. by the local Masonic Lodge.
This is the weekend of Hancock’s newest and very popular local festival, “The Barge Bash.” At the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and the Western Maryland Rail Trail adjacent to downtown, local groups, clubs and businesses construct floating entries that are pulled by hand (or sometimes horse or mule!) along the rewatered stretch of the canal.
Vendors line the sides of the rail trail with food, entertainment, exhibits and lots of fun.
This is the ninth year for this popular local event, which begins at 10 a.m.  Barges are placed in the water at noon. Prizes are awarded at 2 p.m.
In the morning, those preferring foot power can enter the “Barge Dash,” a one-mile run from Hancock Middle-Senior High School to the Church Street Lot of the rail trail in downtown Hancock. If you pre-register by tomorrow, you get a free T-Shirt! Information and registration are on the Washington County Recreation Department website, or call Mayor Dan Murphy at 301-678-5622. The “Dash” begins at 9 a.m.

Park Service sponsors C&O ‘Family Reunion’
The National Park Service is partnering with Hancock for the Barge Bash and is sponsoring a C&O Canal “Family Reunion” on Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon. If your family history is associated with the C&O Canal, or if you would like to hear the stories of folks who were associated with it, check in at the park service display at the Barge Bash. Thousands of immigrants helped establish communities along the Potomac while laboring on the canal, some in search of a better life, and some for the lure of constructing a grand canal in a new nation. Today, many families living in these communities have stories to share and can trace their ancestors back to canal operations nearly 100 years ago or more. The C&O Canal Visitor’s Center at Williamsport can provide more information. Call the center at 301-582-0813.

Everything should be ducky this Saturday
Look for the Hancock in Motion booth at the Barge Bash for one of your last chances to purchase a duck for the “Duck Race,” to be held Saturday, June 25, on “Community Day.” Lack of rain canceled the race last year, so all ducks purchased are still in! There are three cash prizes and 17 other prizes. Cost is $5 per duck, or five for $20. The race, held at 2 p.m. along Little Tonoloway Creek in Widmeyer Park, kicks off many “Community Day” events, including low-cost games for kids, a cake walk, food sales and other festivities.
Register for Hancock’s Community Yard Sale
Hancock in Motion also invites you to plan now for the Community Yard Sale, scheduled for Saturday, July 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Widmeyer Park. Reserve your 10-by-15-foot space now for $10. You must supply your own tables, chairs and canopy, and register and pay before the day of the sale. Registration forms are available at the Town Office, 126 W. High St., during normal business hours.  

Summer swimming lessons have started
Swimming lessons for a small fee began this week at the Hancock Municipal Pool. Additional sessions are planned for July 11-15 and July 18-22.  Lessons are in the morning for children. A 45-minute adult swim begins at 11 a.m. Water babies are welcome June 27-July 1 and July 25-29. Call Melissa Harvey at 301-491-9600 to register. Class size is limited.
Car show is a treat for Father’s Day
This Sunday, of course, is Father’s Day. Take dad to church Sunday morning and maybe out for a bite of lunch. Then cap off the afternoon with a visit to the Mountain State Cruiser Classic Car-Truck Show at Widmeyer Park. The show is open until 4 p.m. Enjoy wandering among the classic vehicles on display, give dad a loving hug and tell him, “Happy Father’s Day!”

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