Rain storm thins out crowd at 41st annual Boonesborough Days

September 08, 2012|By DON AINES |
  • Tom Wilson assembles a decorative fence Saturday during Boonesborough Days. He makes country-style furnishings and decorations.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO, Md. — Yard-sale buyers scattered for their cars and sellers scrambled to cover their wares Saturday afternoon as heavy rain struck the 41st annual Boonesborough Days.

Traffic on the town’s Main Street was bumper to bumper and at a standstill when the storm struck shortly before 1 p.m. While the storm thinned the crowd at Shafer Memorial Park, some started to return once the rain let up.

“The storm cleared a lot of folks out,” said Steve Koepp, who was working the Mount Nebo United Methodist Church stand in the park. Before that, however, “It was pretty steady through the day for ice cream and pies,” he said.

“Until the rain came, yes, we had a big crowd,” said Wanda Heuer of the Boonsboro Historical Society. There were scores of vendors set up in the park, and she said a number of them closed up shop when the rain hit.

The number of visitors did start to grow once the weather improved, said Debbie Jump of Hagerstown.

“Little by little, people have been coming back between the rain drops,” said Jump, who was selling primitive country crafts at her booth. Still, she expected to close up a little early and hope for better weather today.

Events at Shafer Memorial Park are scheduled to begin today at 9 a.m. and include the Blue & Gray Model Ford Car Club. The Trolley Station Museum at the park’s entrance also will be open today.

An ecumenical worship service will be held at the park’s bandstand at 10 a.m. Several local churches are participating, and the Mount Nebo United Methodist Church praise band will perform.

Civil War artifacts and collections will be displayed by the South Mountain Coin & Relic Hunters Association.

Local artists and antique vendors will sell their works, and there will be activities for children in the park’s playground. There also will be a variety of food vendors serving up everything from funnel cakes to Greek fare.

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