Canal-Apple Days on the horizon

August 23, 2012|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

Hancock’s Canal-Apple Days Festival is once again on the horizon, and the Hancock Lions Club, the sponsoring group, is seeking vendors and parade entries.

This popular annual event starts with a grand parade, east to west along Main Street, concluding at Widmeyer Park.

The award-winning Hancock High School Panthers Marching Band leads the way, followed by color guards, floats, marching units, other bands, fire and rescue equipment and, in this election year, politicians. 

Many entries are eligible to compete for more than $2,000 in prizes.

Widmeyer Park then comes alive with crafts, music, homemade food, apple dumplings, displays by civic and community groups, games and fun. 

This is the 36th year for this festival and the dates are a bit later than in previous years — Sept. 29 and 30 — so plan accordingly. 


For information or vendor registration, call Larry Gerber at 301-678-6555 or send an email to 

For parade information, call Walter Dyer at 717-294-3459.

Back-to-school dance to be held Friday

Area students from Hancock Middle-Senior High School are invited to aback-to-schooldance Friday, sponsored by the Interfaith Service Coalition. 

The event, which is a fundraiser for the new PTA at the school, begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m. and takes place in the community gymnasium at the school. 

Admission costs $5 per person. Music is by DJ “Scuba Steve.” 

For more information, call Debbie Cohill at 301-678-6605.

Chili cook-off set for Oct. 6

Nearby Warfordsburg (Pa.) Presbyterian Church is sponsoring a chili cook-off contest Saturday, Oct. 6. 
Advance entries are welcome until Sept. 1, with a fee of $20 to be refunded after the event. 

All entries after then will cost $25, which is nonrefundable. Space is limited.

First prize is $200, second prize $100 and third prize is $50. Judging will be by people’s choice.

For rules and more information, call 717-294-3028 or send an email to  

Back to school night Monday at high school

Schools across Washington County began the 2012-13 academic year Wednesday, including here in Hancock. 

Back-to-School Night has already taken place at Hancock Elementary. 

At Hancock Middle-Senior High School, the annual back-to-school night is set for Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 

Parents will have a chance to follow their child’s schedule and meet the teachers of each class. 

There will also be an information session, including input about laptop computers, which are being supplied to students this year. 

Parents with questions can call Principal Rodney Gayman at 301-766-8186. 

Here is hoping all of the students, teachers and parents have a great year of learning and growth.

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