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Canal-Apple Days shows its appeal

September 17, 2011|By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com
  • Bass player Doug Moats of The New Connection scans the crowd Saturday as the bluegrass band performs at Hancock Canal Apple Days.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

HANCOCK, Md. — It was time to roll out the apples at Widmeyer Park.

The Hancock Lions Club's 35th annual Canal-Apple Days was a potpourri of food, music and fun on Saturday.

The tables at the Piney Plains United Methodist Women's booth were covered with baked goods.

Donna Joy said she, Phyllis Norris and Robin Stotler supplied most of the treats.

Joy said her responsibility was whoopie pies, cookies and 100 bags of potato candy.

Stotler said she made 40 loaves of zucchini bread.

Besides the sweets, the Piney Plains women had 16 gallons of bean soup to dish out.

Elsewhere, ice cream, lemonade and funnel cakes were in demand. The air had a sugary smell of cotton candy and the sizzle of french fries in oil.

An antique press turned apples into cider.

Crafters had baskets, jewelry and more for sale.

A sign above the merchandise at the Orchard Ridge First Church of God booth said: "All proceeds go to the Uganda Children's Orphanage."

Some people gathered to watch a chain-saw artist wearing headphones carve likenesses of animals from thick chunks of trees.

Mayor Daniel Murphy was the master of ceremonies as musical acts showed off their bluegrass prowess.

A pink firetruck at the festival was part of a "Pink Heals Tour" organized by a group called Guardians of the Ribbon.

Bill Green, a Leitersburg firefighter involved with the cause, said the group raises money to help people with cancer and the various expenses they incur.

The truck was covered with handwritten messages from cancer survivors and their supporters.

Canal-Apple Days is scheduled to continue today with antique tractors, a baby contest and more entertainment.

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If you go

What: Canal-Apple Days

When: Today, noon to 5 p.m.

Where: Widmeyer Park, Main Street, Hancock

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