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33rd annual Maugansville Pride Day 'a community event'

August 31, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Jackie Dash of Williamsport looks over wood crafts by Bob Shank during Maugansville Pride Day on Saturday.
By Ric Dugan / Staff Photographer

MAUGANSVILLE, Md. — A free pet goldfish was the prize for every ball tossed into a jar at a vendor set up Saturday by the Maugansville Volunteer Goodwill Fire Co. at the 33rd annual Maugansville Pride Day.

When Chase Myers, 6, of Hagerstown won three goldfish, one of them fell out of its bag after he dropped it.

Kelly Aldridge of the Maugansville Volunteer Goodwill Fire Co. ran to pick up the flopping fish, opened another bag and dropped it in there. She shouted, “Fish survived!” and gave Chase another bag with a fish to take home.

“It’s fun to watch the fish swim and to feed them,” Chase said.

Trinity Mason, 5, of Hagerstown also won a fish, and said she was looking forward to feeding it and watching it swim.

“There’s lots of stuff to do with it,” she said.

Aldridge said the game cost $1 to play, and each contestant had 10 balls. The fish came from Petsmart. All of the money the vendor made went to the fire company.

“It’s fun to see the kids smile,” she said. “Even if the little ones don’t get one in a bowl, I’m giving them a fish because that’s what it’s about.”

The vendor was one of about 60 that was set up at the event at the Ruritan community park and building in Maugansville.

The event had various craft vendors, live music and food. A “Cow Drop” sponsored by Chick-fil-A at 1 p.m. featured toy cows being thrown onto a field, with different rewards for the fast-food restaurant attached to them, including one that had free Chick-fil-A for a year.

The cows had parachutes, and were dropped from a cart at the top of an extended firetruck ladder, as children and adults scrambled in a baseball field to grab one.

Chase and Trinity went to the event with their mother, Renee Timmons, and said they would be able to put the fish they won in a family pond.

Timmons, 26, of Hagerstown said she has been going to the event since she was 10.

“We like to come out for the crafts, and we like the stuff they have for kids to do,” she said.

Dave DeHaven of Halfway set up a vendor with crafts that he and his wife, Patsy, make for a hobby, which includes plastic canvas and items made out of wood. One of the products was Uncle Sam sitting on a swing.

DeHaven said he has been setting up as a vendor at the event for about 10 years.

“It’s a community event, and there’s nice people,” he said.

The event is put on yearly by the Maugansville Ruritan Club. Robert Walton, member of the club and chairman of the event, said between 3,000 and 3,500 people were expected to show up this year, even though there is little advertising for it.

“It blows me away to see all these folks come out, and most of them are local,” he said. “I don’t think we could handle the people if we had a big ad on TV.”

By selling food to the attendees and charging the vendors, Walton said the event was expected to turn a profit of about $4,500 this year.

Half of the profits will go to serve community needs, and the other half will go to help Nicole Stricker, a Maugansville resident who has leukemia.

Stricker, 25, has two children, said Jay Stouffer, co-chairman of the vendors at the event.

“Taking care of your own is something we should do in the community,” he said. “It makes you feel good.”

Stouffer added that profits for the event often are split between various community needs and a specific person, organization or project that might need it.

“Seeing people and what they’re going through, and seeing how they react to what we’re doing is great,” he said.

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