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Celebrating Emmitsburg

James Rada
Emmitsburg Dispatch

(7/7) As far as is known, only one attendee of the 26th Annual Community Day didn’t enjoy it. When the piglet in the greased-pig contest saw his opportunity, he pushed his way under the fencing of the temporary pen and made a beeline for Lincoln Avenue.

He was stopped by the crowd of people who chased after him with one gentleman finally catching him by falling on the smaller pig.

Once the piglet was back in the pen, the youngsters chased after the piglet trying to touch its greased hide. David Toddes, 8, of Richmond, Va., won the contest for his age group.

“We’ve never done that before in Virginia,” David said, “I lost all my breath (chasing the pig).”

David was one of the hundred of people who turned out in Emmitsburg’s Community Park to enjoy the contests, music, food and fireworks on June 28. It was the Lion’s Club 26th Annual Emmitsburg Community Day.

“I like to come because I get to see a lot of people I don’t get to see the rest of the year,” Mary Topper said.

Dave Shields noted, “The different location seems to be working out well.”

In the past, Community Day has been in Community Park next to the Emmitsburg Community Center. This year, the event was on the opposite side of the park near the new town bandstand.

Under the pavilion, the Lions Club served up food, including chicken dinners.

“We usually sell at least 600 chicken dinners and that doesn’t include hot dogs and hamburgers,” said Dianne Walbrecker, an Emmitsburg Lions Club member.
Commissioner Denise Etris was volunteering to raise money for the Lions Club.

“People come and it looks real easy to do,” Etris said. “Some of these guys work really, really hard to make it look miraculously like it’s easy.”

If you would like to make a contribution, please mail it to Emmitsburg Lions Club, P.O. Box 1182, Emmitsburg, MD 21727. Mark your donation for the Community Day fund.

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