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Vehicles to thunder into downtown Hagerstown on Sept. 30

September 22, 2011

HAGERSTOWN — The center of Hagerstown, will be a hub for cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors on Friday, Sept. 30, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with the first-ever Thunder in the Square event.

The Alsatia Club, which is celebrating its 100th year, is hosting the event, which is also sponsored by the  city of Hagerstown and the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“This whole idea stemmed from a great car show we had last year at Fairgrounds Park,” said James McCleaf, mayor of Williamsport and parade chairman for the Alsatia Club’s Mummers Parade. “It went over so well that we really wanted to bring the event into City Center and expand it. Being that this is the 100th year of the Alsatia Club, we thought it would be a great way to celebrate the anniversary and gear-up for the 87th Alsatia Mummers Parade.”

Registration will begin at 5 p.m. and the entry fee costs $5 (includes a dash plaque while supplies last). All participating vehicles can enter the area from Summit Avenue onto West Washington Street or from East Franklin Street onto North Potomac Street.

West Washington and South Potomac streets will be closed to regular traffic starting at 4:30 p.m. and East Washington and North Potomac streets will be closed at 5 p.m.

Vehicles will be separated into classes including: best original, best custom, best resto mod, best import, best rat rod, best motorcycle antique, best motorcycle custom and the mayor’s choice award. All of the Thunder in the Square winners will be invited to participate in the Mummers Parade.

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Wind Down Friday

In conjunction with the event, The Maryland Theatre will hold a special Wind Down Friday. Entertainment will include the band The Cruisers from 5 to 7 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m. The Hagerstown Dance Band will also be in the square from 7 to 8 p.m. and other special guests will include the Hub City Lindy Hop, Miss Maryland 2011 and the Ali Ghan Shrine clowns and cars.

The Washington County Antique Tractor Club will give barrel cart rides, and Otterbein Church will give away free popcorn.

Proceeds will benefit the Alsatia Club. The Alsatia Club annually hosts the Alsatia Mummers’ Parade, which is recognized as the East Coast’s largest nighttime parade. This year’s parade will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, starting at 6 p.m. The club also supports several organizations throughout the community, including but not limited to Little League teams, a junior basketball league, the Parent-Child Center and several college scholarships.

For more information on the Alsatia Club or the Mummers Parade,  go to www.alsatiaclubinc.com.

For more on Thunder in the Square, call 301-739-2044.

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