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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
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
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | May 20, 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.
NEWS
May 20, 2007
Today's schedule for the 19th annual National Pike Festival and Wagon Train. · 10 a.m. - Departs from Ag Center at 510 E. Wilson Blvd. in Hagerstown (near Four States Livestock Auction) · 10:30 a.m. - Stops briefly at Ravenwood Lutheran Village off Kenly Avenue. · 12:30 p.m. - Lunch at Stingers Pub at the Auction Square Complex, Alternate U.S. 40 near Boonsboro. · 1:30 p.m. - Arrives at Boonsboro's Shafer Memorial Park, the wagon train's final stop.
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
May 19, 2007
Wagon train About 30 wagons and buggies and about 30 horseback riders will participate in the 19th annual National Pike Festival and Wagon Train. The wagon train will depart from Clear Spring this morning and arrive in Boonsboro on Sunday afternoon. Today and Sunday. For information and a detailed schedule of events, go to www.nationalpikefestival.org. War muster British, French and American Indian re-enactors will assemble for the 2007 French and Indian War muster, a weekend of living history and tactical demonstrations.
NEWS
by JULIE E. GREENE | May 17, 2007
CLEAR SPRING - After driving her own team of horses in 2005 and helping to drive a team last year that pulled her family in a covered wagon, this year 10-year-old Jo Baker will ride solo - on horseback - during National Pike Festival's 32-mile wagon train this weekend. The Big Pool girl is handing the reins to the team of Percherons to her younger sister, Adriana, 8, says their father, Jamie Baker. The Baker family has been involved with wagon train events for seven years.
NEWS
by MARLO BARNHART | May 15, 2007
CLEAR SPRING - Festival season is about to begin in Clear Spring in full force, starting with the 19th National Pike Festival and Wagon Train planned for this weekend. The encampment this year will be at Plumb Grove beginning Friday, May 18, at 5:30 p.m., according Juanita Grimm, Clear Spring town clerk. Plumb Grove is a historical house built in 1831and restored by the Clear Spring District Historical Association. There will be soup, sandwiches and desserts available for purchase followed by music and a campfire that evening.
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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