(9/15) Halloween is a little over a month away, but that did not discourage
contestants in the decorated animal contest at this year’s Thurmont and
Emmitsburg Community Show from dressing their pets in fanciful costumes.
Margaret Buckmeier of Sabillasville, 12, dressed the family dog, a Lhasa
Apso named Annie, as a sunflower, while her 9-year-old brother, Garret, dressed
his rabbit in a mask and cape. Annie walked away with third prize. The first
prize in the decorated animal contest went to a rabbit dressed as a frog, and
second place went to a sheep dressed as the devil.
Margaret and her family have come to the Community Show for the last three
years, and they had lots of company this year.
Three days of beautiful weather encouraged droves of people to come out to
the Community Show at Catoctin High School this year, show President Rodman
Traditionally, two local organizations are honored at the Community Show,
and this year the Emmitsburg Little League and Thurmont Elementary School were
honored for celebrating their 50th anniversaries.
The Thurmont and Emmitsburg Community Show is always the weekend after Labor
Day, and was set up to not interfere with other community shows, which usually
occur after the Great Frederick Fair, Myers said.
In the early days of the show, more people planted gardens, and brought
produce, fresh vegetables, garden crops and canned fruits and vegetables to the
Myers, who has worked on the Community Show since its inception 49 years
ago, said a lot of records were broken this year.
Earnings at the bake sale and the beef, sheep, and swine sale were at an
all-time high, Myers said.
‘‘Our bake sale was over $8,000," Myers said. ‘‘We set a new record. The
exhibit Grand Champion banana cake brought $1,200," Myers said. Maxine Troxell
baked the cake and Keyser Garber Well Drilling bought it.
Lots of buyers also turned up to bid record prices on the 70 head of
livestock at the show this year.
The grand champion lamb, hog and steer were purchased by Jubilee Foods of
Annie Delauter was named the 2005-2006 Catoctin FFA Ambassador Friday
There were 625 exhibitors and about 2,750 exhibits at this year’s show.
Pat Sampson, who runs the 7th Heaven Alpaca store on Main Street in
Thurmont, and owns an alpaca farm on Emmitsburg Road, brought two of her
alpacas, Diesel and The Duke to the show.
Sampson displayed gloves, hats, sweaters and yarn made of alpaca fur at the
The petting zoo was one of the most popular attractions at the show. The
Barnyard Olympics were also a hit. Contestants, grouped by age, raced through
an obstacle course on which they picked up corn, poured water from one bucket
into another, and gathered eggs out of chicken coops before jumping into potato
sacks to hop to the finish.
Margaret won a second-place ribbon running through the course.
‘‘Getting the eggs out of the chicken coops was the most fun part," she
There were lots of other attractions for visitors at the show this year as
Various local organizations and businesses had booths set up along the
school’s hallways and inside the gym.
Deer and caribou heads mounted on the walls of Pat and Jeff Geisinger’s
taxidermy booth as well as a raccoon that looked ready to walk off the display
at any moment greeted visitors into the gym.
Right next door, Catoctin Mountain National Park’s display indicated the
return of the black bear to the area and other interesting park facts.
‘‘Several bears have been spotted by rangers this year," Jennie Pumphrey of
the Catoctin Mountain Park Service said. ‘‘...We try to educate people about
what to do if they encounter a bear."
While the black bear population in the park declined in the 1980s, it has
been on the rise since the 1990s, Pumphrey said.
‘‘Black bear attacks are very rare in Maryland," Pumphrey added. ‘‘But if
you’re going to be hiking, you need to be prepared."
Children particularly liked the bear foot and skull on display at the park’s
exhibit, but the main draw was the motorized deer, Pumphrey said.
As the Community Show drew to a close Sunday afternoon, Meyers seemed very
happy with how the show went this year.
‘‘After this is over, we’ll start working on it again for next year," Myers