Maugansville celebrates with Pride Day

September 01, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |
  • Richard Munch of Cearfoss looks over a 1953 Allis-Chambers tractor Saturday afternoon at Maugansville Pride Days. The tractor belongs to Dale Martin.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

MAUGANSVILLE, Md. — The 32nd annual Maugansville Pride Day at Ruritan Park was a gift-buying opportunity for Debbie Tedrick.

“I usually (come) to see the craft vendors,” Tedrick said as she and her husband munched on country ham sandwiches and french fries Saturday.

And the carnival-like food, of course.

By 2:30 p.m., about all 84 pounds of country ham that the Maugansville Ruritan Club had ordered for the celebration from Holsinger’s Meat Market was sold, according to organizers. They also sold out of Gatorade.

Proceeds generated from food sales and fees collected from about 60 vendors this year are to benefit the family of a young man who has struggled with an autoimmune disorder, as well as club projects, according to organizers.

“We’re working on (buying) new playground equipment here,” club treasurer Don Funk said.

 What began as a special event to thank the community in 1976 for the nation’s bicentennial has become a tradition on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, according to Funk and Pride Day chairman Bob Walton.

The first year, Walton said people dressed in Colonial costumes.

“I even grew a beard,” Walton recalled.

Since then, the festival has only been rained out one time, according to Funk and Walton.

“It’s the same crowd all the time,” Walton said of the community turnout.

Longtime club member Jay Stouffer said many of the same vendors return each year.

“Most of them say ‘yeah, I want the same spot,’” Stouffer said. He keeps a record of them.

And over the years, Stouffer said he has enjoyed helping people in need through the club’s fundraising activities, which typically generate more than $100,000 annually. Pride Day is one of the club’s larger events.

At Saturday’s celebration, Judy Munch of Cearfoss said Stouffer and his wife, Betty, provided meals, transportation and practically lived at her home when her 9-year-old son was struck by a truck while riding his bicycle many years ago.

“I’ll never forget what you all did for us, never,” Munch told Stouffer when she stopped by to talk Saturday.

Munch said her son, now 43, was left disabled by the accident but has been able to take classes at Hagerstown Community College and get involved in other activities.

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