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by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | May 21, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY - About once each year, they can count on cars to slow down while driving past their home on what is commonly called "death curve. " Kevin and Teri Collins, who live in the 9000 block of Old National Pike, said for 19 years they have watched a procession of horses, mules and wagons make its way to Boonsboro. They sat in lawn chairs Sunday afternoon with a video camera fixed on nearly 60 horses and 22 wagons. "It's peaceful," Kevin Collins said. "It's the only time the cars don't go ripping by. " Cars driving east on Alternate U.S. 40 slowed to about 10 mph while passing the line of horses and wagons.
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NEWS
May 14, 2001
Wagon train clip-clops through area By LAURA ERNDE laurae@herald-mail.com It's called a wagon train, but the real attraction for some people are the four-legged creatures slowly pulling the wagons along. Big horses, small horses, horses with black and white spots and horses with white flowing manes. Spectators couldn't get enough of the majestic but approachable creatures when the National Pike Festival and Wagon Train stopped at City Park on Saturday.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | May 20, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY-Motorists tried in vain to dodge horse apples as a line of traffic crawled behind an equine procession Saturday on U.S. 40 during the 19th annual National Pike Festival and Wagon Train. Event participants dressed in period clothing and rode atop covered wagons to re-enact the way pioneers traveled in the 19th century. Sonny Lemon of Boonsboro said he has ridden in 17 or 18 wagon drives since the event started. "I love 'em," he said. "This is part of our heritage.
NEWS
May 14, 2002
The National Pike Days Festival will be celebrated in Funkstown on Saturday. The wagon train is slated to arrive at about 4:15 p.m. John Joppey's Smokin' Barbeque will sell food and drinks, and live bluegrass music will entertain crowds from 4 to 9 p.m. The wagon train will depart the park at 10 a.m. Sunday following a pancake breakfast. All are welcome to attend.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | May 16, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- A handful of people gathered Saturday near the Hager House to learn a little about the 18th century -- including bonnet-making techniques and practices in personal hygiene. Gaela Shoop, a Hager House recreation assistant, said the history lesson was held in conjunction with the National Pike Festival, an annual event that re-creates the way pioneers migrated across the American west. About 25 horse-drawn wagons shoved off Saturday morning from Clear Spring and followed U.S. 40 into Hagerstown.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | May 19, 2007
Motorists tried in vain to dodge horse apples as a line of traffic crawled behind an equine procession Saturday on U.S. 40 during the 19th annual National Pike Festival and Wagon Train. Event participants dressed in period clothing and rode atop covered wagons to re-enact the way pioneers traveled west in the 19th century. Sonny Lemon of Boonsboro said he has ridden in 17 or 18 wagon drives since the event started. "I love 'em," he said. "This is part of our heritage.
NEWS
By DON AINES | May 17, 2008
CLEAR SPRING - In the days before the word infrastructure was coined, moving produce and raw materials east and finished goods and settlers west was more travail then travel. The Baltimore-National Pike did not extend beyond Frederick County, so the job of opening up the western part of Maryland fell to a group of bankers willing to make the investment to build the road out to Cumberland, Md., to promote commerce. That was at the end of the 18th century, and it was the early years of the 19th century before the road was laid, said Jack Pinnell of Hagerstown, one of the coordinators of the National Pike Festival.
NEWS
by KATE COLEMAN | May 13, 2004
katec@herald-mail.com Barry Lescalleet drives a tractor-trailer for a living. "I have to deal with the road all the time," he said in a phone interview. This weekend, the Jessup, Md., resident will be dealing with the road - the National Pike - at a much slower pace. Lescalleet, 45, is lead outrider for the 15th annual National Pike Festival & Wagon Train which begins Friday, May 14, on the American Legion grounds in Clear Spring. Aboard his 17-year-old quarter horse gelding, Peppy, Lescalleet will ride ahead of about 25 buggies and wagons, watching for traffic at crossroads and making sure everyone in the wagon train has what they need.
NEWS
May 10, 2007
Washington County will celebrate its 19th year of participation in the National Pike Festival on May 18-20. It is just one of many counties throughout West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio that celebrate this 300-mile route with authentic wagon trains and other old-fashioned activities, and the only Maryland County participating in the annual festival. "In today's fast-paced environment with high fuel prices, we don't often consider the roots of our heritage," said festival organizer Laura Bowman.
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