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55th Annual Emmitsburg & Thurmont Community Show

(8/29) The Emmitsburg & Thurmont Community Show will be held at Catoctin High School, in Thurmont, Maryland on September 9, 10, 11, 2011.

The time for entering exhibits is as follows: Thursday night, September 8, 2011 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Friday, September 9, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Please note this change on entering of exhibits on Friday. You may also visit the Community Show's website at www.thurmontemmitsburgcommunityshow.webs.com to view the premium list for 2011 and the community show booklet. The booklet will be available in local grocery stores, banks, restaurants sometime in late July.

Judging will begin at 12:30 p.m. Commercial exhibits may be entered on Friday, September 9th from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The show will open to the public at 6:00 p.m. There is no admission charge to the event, however, a silver offering will be collected.

Over 3000 farm and garden, household, quilt, livestock, machinery and commercial displays can be seen during the three day event.

On Friday night beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium, a bagpipe processional by Bill and Alexander Douwes will be performed at the beginning of the community and civic flag ceremony. This year, the show committee will honor the 75thth anniversary of the Catoctin Mountain Park. Also on Friday night the 2011-2012 Catoctin FFA Chapter Ambassador will be announced. Immediately following the program, (at approximately 8:15 p.m.) an auction of all baked goods exhibited at the show will be held in the auditorium. All grand champion and reserve champion baked goods will be sold at 9:00 p.m.

On Saturday, September 10, 2011, the show opens at 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Activities include a Market Goat, Beef, Sheep and Swine Fitting & Showing contest from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Ag Center and a pet show, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in front of the school. Entries can be entered on the terrace in front of the school. The pet show is also open to area residents. Categories are – Cat with Prettiest Eyes; Cat with Longest Whiskers; Cutest Cat; Best Trained Pet; Dog with Wiggliest Tail; Prettiest Dog (25 pounds and under); Prettiest Dog (26 pounds and over); Best Costumed Pet; Pet with Most Spots; Largest Pet (by height); Most Unusual Pet; Smallest Pet.

The petting zoo and pony rides will also be held on Saturday and Sunday.

The Thurmont Library will again have books for sale in the old gymnasium. Persons wishing to donate books for the library sale can drop them off at the school, while entering exhibits at the show on Thursday night or on Friday morning. Also in the old gymnasium, John Kinnaird will have old pictures of Thurmont and Helen Mackley will have her display of old buttons and emblems. The Community Show will also have on display old photographs and displays of past years in the old gymnasium.

The Thurmont Grange will again serve their Turkey and Ham dinner in the school cafeteria from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday night. Prices are: Adults - $12.00; children under 12 - $6.00 and children under 5 - $5.00; Carryouts - $13.00.

The 36th annual Catoctin FFA Alumni Goat, Beef, Sheep & Swine sale will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Ag Center area on Saturday night. Entertainment will be performed by the Gospel Travelers at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. There is no admission charge.

Activities begin on Sunday, September 11th at 9:00 a.m. with the Goat Show, followed by the Dairy Show and Decorated Animal Contest. The decorated animal contest will begin at noon and $50.00 in prize money will be awarded. Categories are: Dairy, Beef, Sheep, Swine, Poultry, Rabbits and Goats.

At 12:00 noon, the Catoctin FFA Alumni Chicken Bar-B-Que will be held in the cafeteria. Prices are Adults $8.50; children under 12 - $6.00; Carryouts - $9.50.

The 32nd annual horse school pitching contest will begin at 1:00 p.m.

The Barnyard Olympics for children will again be held on Sunday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m. Age Groups are (5-6), (7-8), (9-10) and (11-13). The event will be expanded because of increased participation by the children and premiums will be awarded.

The Log Sawing Contest will begin at 1:00 p.m. under the show tent in the Ag Center area.

A martial arts demonstration will be given in the old gymnasium beginning at 1:30 p.m. Also on Sunday afternoon, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Lester “Bill” Pryor will be performing musical selections in the school auditorium. Mr. Pryor is a 1959 graduate of Thurmont High School.

Farm machinery will be displayed throughout the event and the famous “Cane and Abel” Brown Swiss cattle will be exhibited at the show. Whispering Meadows Alpaca Breeders will have on display their Alpacas and Emu’s will be exhibited by Old Orchard Emu and Jim and Peggy Royer. There also will be a petting zoo, pony rides, with various animals for children to pet and take

Exhibits must be removed on Sunday, September 11, 2011 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Community Show is sponsored by the Thurmont Grange, Catoctin FFA Chapter, Catoctin FFA Alumni and the Maryland State Agricultural Fair Board.

Come and see the many farm, garden, household, canned goods, flowers, baked products, quilts, sewing exhibits and animals exhibited by the residents of the Catoctin High School area. There is not admission charge and there will be plenty of good food, entertainment, free parking and door prizes, donated by area businesses.

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