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Thurmont’s ’50’s and ’60’s Day a hit

Ingrid Mezo

(8/3) A new attraction beat out the summer heat to draw crowds to the annual town-sponsored’50’s and ’60’s Day, according to Thurmont Commissioner Wayne Hooper.

The town had made provisions for the heat, he said, explaining that a misting station, free cold watermelon, a lot of water and the sale of 780 snow balls helped keep visitors cool.

Proceeds for the event will go toward next year’s ’50’s and ’60’s day event, he said.

For the first time this year, event-goers could buy town officials to do dirty work around their homes.

The auction was the brainchild of Thurmont Economic Development Committee Chairwoman, Main Street Manager, and Cozy Inn Restaurant Manager Vickie Grinder.

Thurmont Mayor Martin Burns was sold for the highest amount, $270, to Jill Hooper, wife of Wayne Hooper.

Burns was originally signed up to cook dinner and mow the lawn, but said he wanted the highest bidder to be able to choose a task for him.

‘‘I said I don’t like the idea that there’s certain tags on it," he said. ‘‘I said I will do whatever, within reason, for two hours."

Burns said he is excellent at washing and shining cars, or ripping out bushes for yard waste recycling.

‘‘There were a lot of people bidding on Marty [Martin Burns] and Carole [Davis]and I, but Jill ended putting in the highest bid," Grinder said. ‘‘I would totally make him scrub the toilets."

Grinder and Carole Davis, the banquet coordinator at The Cozy Inn, sold at the next highest amount for $250. Grinder will make her own special stuffed shrimp dinner for eight and will do a car wash in the driveway of Tina Terpko, the wife of Commissioner Ron Terpko, who bought the pair.

Hooper, who also participated in the event, sold for $160. He will take his purchasers, Tracy and Joe Barbour, grocery shopping.

‘‘He has to pick them up at their house, take them to the grocery store, push the cart, bag the groceries, and take them home and carry them in the house while wearing Pittsburgh Steelers attire, two times," Grinder said.

Hooper, a Baltimore Ravens fan, hates the Steelers.

Thurmont Economic Development Committee vice-chairman, town Web master, and owner of Kinnaird Memorials, John Kinnaird, also sold for $160. He has to cook dinner and two sides for 10 people.

Terpko has to clean a house, up to five rooms, while wearing a suit, and bring an adult beverage for Doreen Williams, Grinder said. He sold at the lowest amount for town board members at $75.

‘‘That’s a cheap housecleaning there," Grinder said.

Thurmont Police Department Chief Greg Eyler sold for $70, and will be cooking a spaghetti dinner with salad and bread for his wife, who bought him.

Commissioner Bill Blakeslee will clean windows at a house in Rocky Ridge that has 20 windows and three French doors, Grinder said.

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