31st annual Maugansville Pride Days packed

September 03, 2011|By DAN DEARTH |
  • Deputy First Class Jason Litten of the Washington County Sheriffs Office shows a crowd of people during Maugansville Pride Day Saturday how his partner, Resier, a 2-year-old German shepherd, would take on an assailant.
By Chris Tilley/Staff Photographer

MAUGANSVILLE, Md. — As one of the low men on the totem pole at the Maugansville Goodwill Volunteer Fire Co., Chris Resh was given the dubious honor of occupying the dunking booth Saturday during the 31st annual Maugansville Pride Day at Ruritan Park.

Soaked to the bone, the 16-year-old Resh bellowed taunts such as "You throw like a girl!" to lure people into spending more money that went to a good cause.

"I don't mind," Resh said. "It raises money for the station and the kids have fun."

Event co-chairman Bob Walton said that although the main purpose of the event is to help the Ruritans raise money, the fire department is invited to earn a few dollars as well.

Walton said the Ruritans don't advertise for Pride Day because word has spread to the point that the park couldn't handle more people. He estimated that 3,000 visitors attend the event every year.

"It's mostly Maugansville people, but they come from all over," he said. "We have a nice turnout in the village. You get to see everyone you know."

Pride Day raises about $4,500 that the Ruritan Club puts toward funding scholarships and other goodwill projects, Walton said. It is the second most lucrative fundraising event behind the Ruritan's Christmas tree sale. He said the club raises about $100,000 a year to maintain the park and help others.

Walton said a good portion of the money that Pride Day generates comes from food sales that include sandwiches, soups and desserts. The club also raises money by charging vendors a fee to set up booths to sell everything from Tupperware to crafts.

Cindy Chirdon of T&C Greenhouses on Leitersburg Pike said she paid $60 to set up two booths, where she sold flowers and other plants.

"It's pretty reasonable," Chirdon said of the fee she paid for the booths. "It's a good way to get your name out to the public to have them come to your business."

Darby Mellott said he brought his son, Jessie, and daughter, Ariel, to Pride Days after hearing about it from a friend.

He said the event offered a lot of activities that allowed him to spend an enjoyable day with his children.

"It's all right," he said. "It's something nice to do."

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