Canal Apple Days celebrate the past

September 26, 2012|By MEG TULLY | Special to The Herald-Mail
  • Scott McCusker, left, and Walter Buddy Dyer squeeze fresh apple cider at the 2011 Hancock Canal Apple Days. Below, bass player Doug Moats of The New Connection performs at the 2011 Canal Apple Days.
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HANCOCK — Cute babies, barbecue chicken and good music — Hancock's Canal Apple Days has a little something for everyone.

The Hancock Lions Club will host the event from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, and Sunday, Sept. 30, at Widmeyer Park on West High Street.

Canal Apple Days starts with a parade at 11 a.m. Saturday on Main Street and wraps up with a performance by Falling Waters, W.Va., band Lost in the Fifties. Craft vendors will be set up all weekend to show off their products.

"It's something that we do as the Hancock Lions Club to not only promote the community of Hancock, but at the same time give vendors a chance to show their wares and bring their product to the forefront," said Larry Gerber Sr., an organizer.

The festival's name dates back to when the club started it more than 30 years ago, Gerber said. At that time, the C&O Canal and apple orchards were very prominent in the Hancock area. Though there are only a handful of orchards around anymore, the festival does include apple dumplings and cider.

Although the Lions Club hosts the event, it is not intended to be a fundraiser. Rather, they try to make it self-sustaining, Gerber said.

This year, there will be two contests, both on Saturday — a fiddle and banjo contest at 12:30 p.m. and a baby contest at 3 p.m.

The Lions Club will also sell its famous barbecue chicken at the park that weekend.

New this year is the Lost in the Fifties band.

"They put on a tremendous show," Gerber said.

Sunday events also include a nondenominational worship service at 8:30 a.m. in the park and the concert by Lost in the Fifties, who will perform from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you go ...       

WHAT: Canal Apple Days

WHEN: Parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29; festival events from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 30

WHERE: Widmeyer Park on West High Street, Hancock

COST: Free admission

CONTACT: Call Larry Gerber Jr. at 301-678-6555.

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