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NEWS
May 14, 2002
The National Pike Days festival kicks off in Clear Spring on Friday. The wagon train will be parked at the Clear Spring American Legion's picnic grounds starting at 4:30 p.m. Visitors can enjoy free bluegrass music and home-cooked meals, which will be sold for $8 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. A country breakfast will be served from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the American Legion. Cost is $6. The wagon train will head east at 9 a.m. The Pike Days parade starts at 10 a.m. at Clear Spring High School and ends at Thompson's Towing Co. Activities in town will include a bake sale, craft and yard sale at the carnival grounds, and a chicken barbecue at the ambulance station starting at 10 a.m.
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NEWS
May 9, 2006
CLEAR SPRING - National Pike Festival activities will get under way Friday, May 19, when the wagon train will be encamped along South Martin Street. A community dinner of roast beef will be at the American Legion Post from 5 to 8 p.m. The dinner costs $6. On Saturday, May 20, there will be an Old Tyme Country Breakfast served at the American Legion Post in Clear Spring from 6:30 to 9 a.m. The wagon train will depart at 9 a.m. A parade through town will begin at 10 a.m. at the school complex and end at Thompson's Towing Co. on the east side of town.
NEWS
September 10, 2008
Commissioners begin live video broadcasts The Washington County Commissioners began streaming video of their meetings online Tuesday. The announcement that video of their meetings would be broadcast online came in June, almost one year after the commissioners began broadcasting live audio of their meetings on the county's Web site. "It's another step in open meetings and making things accessible in county government," County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said Tuesday.
NEWS
by TAMELA BAKER | May 21, 2006
WASHINGTON COUNTY - These days, it takes a police escort to hitch your wagon and ride along the National Pike. But there's a lot less dust. Nearly a dozen wagons and a whole lot of horses are meandering through Washington County this weekend to commemorate one of the most significant events in the region's transportation history - the development of the National Pike. The road eventually would run from Baltimore to Ohio, the edge of the western frontier at the turn of the 18th century.
NEWS
By LISA PREJEAN | May 15, 2009
This weekend, visitors to Washington County will be able to step back in time to the early 1800s when Conestoga wagons and stagecoaches ruled the road. The National Pike Festival wagon train will travel along our county's section of the road that paved a path to the West. There will be a weekend-long celebration of the rich heritage that provided a foundation for the road we know today as U.S. 40. It all begins tonight with a wagon train encampment at Plumb Grove Mansion in Clear Spring.
LIFESTYLE
By LEIGH-ANNE MAUK | Special to The Herald-Mail | May 15, 2013
For Sonny Lemon, the annual wagon train ride is more than just an opportunity to trace the famous route that opened Washington County to the west - it's a family tradition that goes back more than 20 years. Lemon, a Boonsboro native, first began riding in the National Pike Festival and Wagon Train in 1989 with his friend and fellow horseman, Robert Shank. The National Pike Festival celebrates the historic, 19th-century road that helped extend the Baltimore-National Pike to Cumberland, Md., allowing for the development of roadways that would eventually lead to national westward expansion, according to the event's website.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | May 18, 2013
Karen Davis enlisted friends Stacey Schaab and Beth Przybylski to join her for last year's National Pike Festival and Wagon Train in Washington County because she had just finished radiation treatment for cancer. “Now, I can't get rid of them,” Davis joked Saturday afternoon at City Park in Hagerstown, where the trio stopped with the caravan of wagons, horses and people for the weekend ride. The National Pike Festival, which celebrates the historic, 19th-century road that helped extend the Baltimore-National Pike to Cumberland, Md., kicked off Friday with an overnight encampment at Plumb Grove near Clear Spring.
NEWS
September 18, 2004
Organizers of the National Pike Festival in Washington County have announced that a Web site, with information about the next year's event, has been set up. The festival is to be held May 13-15. The event, produced by the nonprofit James Shaull Wagon Train Foundation, Inc., has been "rolling since 1989" as the only part of the Maryland segment of the National Pike Festival. The Web site is at: www.nationalpikefestival.org . DH Web, Inc., of Hagerstown, is providing the Web site for the foundation.
NEWS
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | May 20, 2011
Little about Buster Lucas’ wedding Friday to his bride, Betty Cogan, was traditional. Her gown was blue not white; his “suit” was denim. Half of the guests were strangers. And the officiant, Pastor Duane Jensen of the Hancock United Methodist Church, wore a polo shirt and jeans. “We’d done that before,” Buster said of a traditional wedding. Both he and Betty had been married previously, they said. “This is us,” said Betty, smiling at her guests.
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