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5th Annual Thurmont Plein Air

Calling all artists for the 5th Annual Thurmont Plein Air on August 27, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.! Artists can choose from several local churches to paint. Spectators can come out to Thurmont Community Park to view the paintings and meet the artists while they are judged; paintings will be available for purchase. Artists will paint from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. View the advertisement on page 17 for more information.

Thurmont United Methodist Church Events

Mark your calendars for Thurmont United Methodist Church’s upcoming open and free services and programs for the community: the End of Summer Festival on August 6, from 2:00-6:00 p.m., featuring food trucks, games, music, and more; a Youth Group Back to School Kickoff Party on August 14, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. (grades 6-12); and a First Responders’ Service on September 11 at 10:30 a.m., honoring our first responders. View the advertisement on page 16 for more information on each of these events and Services offered.

Family Field Day — Frederick County Parks & Rec

Frederick County Parks & Recreation is holding Family Field Day on Saturday, August 6—an old-school field day designed for the whole family! Choose from three different times: 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., or 1:00 p.m. A food truck will be on site! The cost is $8.00 per person (ages four and older). Advance registration is required. View the advertisement on page 17 for information on how to register.

Guardian Hose Company Yard Sale

The Guardian Hose Company is holding a Yard & Vendor Sale on Friday and Saturday, September 9-10, starting at 8:00 a.m., at the Thurmont Carnival Grounds on Main Street. Spaces are $10.00 (you provide table). View the advertisement on page 12 for more information.

41th Annual Pippinfest Craft Show

Pippinfest will celebrate its 41th annual festival on September 24-25. The event is held from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. each day in historic Fairfield, Pennsylvania. Both days will feature crafts, food, entertainment, and fun! View the advertisement on page 35 for more information and contact information if you are interested in becoming a Pippinfest vendor.

Thurmont Community Ambulance Co.’s Car Show

Mark your calendars for the Thurmont Community Ambulance Company’s Car Show on Saturday, September 17, from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., at the Thurmont Event Complex on Strafford Drive in Thurmont. Registration fee is $15.00 and includes one meal (BBQ chicken dinner); additional meal tickets are $10.00. Event features door prizes, games, 50/50, Chinese auction, and more! View the advertisement on page 7 for more information.

Seton Center’s SEPTEMBERFest

Join the Seton Center in Emmitsburg for its SEPTEMBERFest on Saturday, September 24, at Mother Seton School on Creamery Road, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Event features homemade crafts, local artists and artisans, food, beverages, and distillery sales. For vendor applications, visit View the advertisement on page 37 for more information.

The Dirty Dawg Comes to Thurmont

Stop in for the grand opening of the new Dirty Dawg do-it-yourself dog wash and pet supply store at 224 N. Church Street in Thurmont on Saturday, August 13, from 12:00-4:00 p.m. There will be giveaways, raffles, and food trucks. View the advertisement on page 36 for more information.

Back to School Party at First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church in Thurmont is helping kids get ready to head back to school at its Back to School Party on Sunday, August 14, from 10:00 a.m.-noon. Kids can enjoy snow cones, crafts, games, and more! Bring a school item for Operation Christmas Child for needy children. View the advertisement on page 32 for more information.

Catoctin Rec Softball Registration Now Open

Catoctin Rec Softball (CRC) registration is now open for the fall season. The fall season prioritizes skill development for the upcoming spring season. CRC will be fielding teams at the 8U, 10U, 12U, and 15U levels. Registration is now open online at by clicking the ‘Registration’ tab. The fee for the fall season is $65.00 for players at the 8U level, and $75.00 for all others. Girls from the Thurmont, Emmitsburg, Woodsboro, Cascade, Lewistown, Taneytown, Fairfield, and Gettysburg areas are welcome to register. CRC offers an eight-game schedule, with all games played on Sunday afternoons. No double-headers. Games are played against other Frederick County teams, with practices beginning in mid-August. Registration will end August 12. For more information email, call Dana Randall at 301-271-3958, or view the advertisement on page 21.

Thurmont Lions Club’s 2022 Sandwich Sales

The Thurmont Lions Club’s popular sandwich sale at Bell Hill Farm on Rt. 15 in Thurmont is on Saturday, August 6, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (or until sold out). The sale features pit beef, pork, ham, and turkey sandwiches. View the advertisement on page 41 for more information and for future sale dates.

Festival at St. John’s Church

Mark your calendars for St. John’s Church Festival on Saturday, August 20, starting at 3:00 p.m., at the Willard Pavilion behind St. John’s Church in Sabillasville. Enjoy free admission, great food, baked goods, dunk tank, moon bounce, raffles, music, and more! View the advertisement on page 28 for more information.

Bingo — Every Friday Night

The Thurmont Community Ambulance hosts its Friday Night Bingo every Friday! Come out to the Thurmont Event Complex every Friday night to play bingo! Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Bingo starts at 7:00 p.m. Bingo also features tip jars, food, and a jackpot up to $1,500! Proceeds benefit Thurmont Community Ambulance. View the advertisement on page 47 for more details.

Emmitsburg’s National Night Out

The Town of Emmitsburg’s National Night Out is being held on Tuesday, August 2, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at E. Eugene Myers Community Park. The event is free and will be held rain or shine. This police and community partnership event will feature food, music, police cars, fire trucks, a petting zoo, pony rides, and much more! View the advertisement on page 10 for more information.

Annual Big Picnic at the Home of the Big Slide

Bring the whole family out to the Annual Big Picnic on Saturday, August 13, from 2:00-8:00 p.m., at Mount Tabor Church Park in Rocky Ridge, home of the big slide. The event features live music; Baby Show; Tractor Show; Tractor Parade; home-cooked food, ice tea, and ice cream (cash only), and more! View the advertisement on page 17 for more information.

Rocky Ridge Carnival

Bring the whole family out for lots of fun to the Rocky Ridge Carnival at Mt. Tabor Park in Rocky Ridge on August 15 through August 17. You’ll love the nightly live entertainment, to include the Stillwater Band, Taylor Brown’s Elvis Show, The Salem Bottom Boys, and more! All shows start at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy great food, Hoffman’s ice cream, and a parade on Wednesday night. View the advertisement on page 26 for more information.

AMVETS Classic Car & Truck Show

Thurmont AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 7 presents Classic Car & Truck Show on Sunday, September 11, from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., in the Thurmont Community Park on Frederick Road in Thurmont. All makes and models are welcome. Registration fee is $15.00 (9:00 a.m.-noon). Public is welcome; admission is free. Event features food by Open Grille, Antietam Dairy ice cream, live music, 50/50, raffles, and much more! View the advertisement on page 35 for more information.

Vigilant Hose Company’s Buck-A-Bowl

Mark your calendars for Vigilant Hose Company’s Buck-A-Bowl on September 24, from 4:00-8:00 p.m., at the Vigilant Hose Company’s Activities Building on Creamery Road in Emmitsburg. Event features games of chance, raffles, and a money wheel, plus children’s games! View the advertisement on page 47 for more information.

Town of Emmitsburg Announces Elections in September

The Town of Emmitsburg announces the town’s election day will take place on Tuesday, September 27, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at the old town office, located at 22 East Main Street in Emmitsburg. Two commissioner seats are up for election. The last day to register to vote with Frederick County is August 26. Registration applications can be obtained at the town office, located at 300A South Seton Avenue in Emmitsburg, or by visiting

Candidates must file a written application for candidacy and their financial disclosures with the town clerk no later than August 26 at 4:00 p.m. All candidates will be posted on the town bulletin board in alphabetical order.

The write-in deadline is September 20 at noon. View the advertisement on page 50 for more information, visit, or call the town office at 301-600-6300.

The Legends Continue — Catoctin High School’s Class of 1982’s 40th Reunion

The Catoctin High School’s (CHS) Class of 1982’s 40th Reunion will be held on Saturday, August 20, at the Thurmont Carnival Grounds on East Main Street in Thurmont. The festivities begin at 4:00 p.m., with dinner served at 6:00 p.m. If you are a family member or a friend of a CHS ‘82 alumni, please let them know the reunion date. All 1982 class members are invited, even if they didn’t graduate. View the advertisement on page 35 for more details and contact information.

Wolfe Agricultural Auctions

The August 5th Livestock & Exotic Auction at Wolfe Agricultural Auctions in Thurmont is being rescheduled; a new date to be announced. Save the date for the September Kick-Off Event on September 2, and the Horse Sale on September 3. Follow them on Facebook: Wolfe Auctions. View the advertisement on page 41.

Catoctin H.S. Class of 1980’s 60th Birthday Party

The Catoctin High Class of 1980 is planning a big 60th birthday party September 11, beginning at 1:00 p.m., with a potluck lunch at 2:00 p.m., at Mt. Tabor Park in Rocky Ridge. At 4:00 p.m., a brief program will honor deceased classmates and teachers, followed by a few hours of music. Classmate Jimmy Rickerd will direct three hours of musical entertainment, featuring his band “Betting on Austin.” Guest performances from former classmates will include David Berry, Anne Hess, Duane Ferguson, and others. There is no admission charge, although donations will be accepted the day of the event to help defray the cost of the park and music. For more information, view the advertisement on page 35 or reach out to Ammenheuser via email at

Fort Ritchie’s Bass Fishing Tournament

1.1.1           Don’t miss being a part of the Bass Fishing Tournament at Fort Ritchie Community Center in Cascade on Saturday, September 17, from 7:00-11:00 a.m. The tournament features adult and youth divisions, cash prizes, and raffles. View the advertisement on page 9 for more information.

Warm Apple Pie Dumpling Sale

Love warm apple pie dumplings? Who doesn’t! Get yours at the Thurmont Ambulance Company’s Warm Apple Pie Dumpling Sale on October 8-9 at Thurmont Community Park. Add ice cream and a water or soda! Dumplings are $4.00 each or $20.00 for a pan of six. View the advertisement on page 61 for more information and for how to get your frozen Take-N-Bake dumplings in November and December.

Emmitsburg Lions Club Chicken Dinner BBQ

On Saturday, August 6, the Emmitsburg Lions Club will hold a Chicken Dinner BBQ at the Vigilant Hose Company’s Activities Building at 17701 Creamery Road. Dinners will be on sale from 11:00 a.m. until they are gone. So, come early to get a great chicken dinner! View the advertisement on page 17 for more details.

Shop the Pop! Vendors Wanted!

Thurmont Main Street presents Pop Up Shops every Saturday, October 15 through December 17, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for home-based and online businesses to sell in a store environment. Download an application at and view the advertisement on page 51 for more information.

KelCo’s Customer Appreciation Event

KelCo Plumbing & Backhoe Service LLC in Thurmont is holding its Customer Appreciation Event, celebrating 10 years, on Saturday, August 20, from noon-2:00 p.m. Enjoy door prizes, food, and lots of fun! View the advertisement on page 22 for more information.

Prepare Now for the 66th Annual Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show

All ages are encouraged to enter this year’s 66th Annual Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show. Eligible exhibitors are residents of these Catoctin area feeder schools: Emmitsburg Elementary, Thurmont Elementary, Thurmont Middle, Sabillasville Elementary, Lewistown Elementary, Mother Seton School, Catoctin High School, and homeschool students. Exhibitors have the chance to enter and possibly receive one of the many awards and ribbons that are offered to exhibitors, along with premiums to be mailed by November 15, 2022. For the Community Show’s exhibit entry premium list and activities information, visit www.ThurmontEmmitsburgCommunityShow.Webs.Com.

The Community Show’s free entry of exhibits will take place in the new gymnasium on Thursday evening, September 8, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. (note the new start and end time), and on Friday, September 9, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The premium list of departments and their classes is available on the website “www.ThurmontEmmitsburgCommunityShow.Webs.Com“ under “Exhibitor Entry List.”

Do you receive compliments on your cookies, candy, or cupcakes? How about your grandmother’s favorite cake, pie, or bread recipe? If you do, then you are encouraged to enter baked goods at this year’s Community Show.

Due to lack of refrigeration, the Community Show cannot accept meringue or custard pies, cheesecakes, or cream cheese icings or fillings. Baked goods must be on disposable plates, and pies in disposable aluminum pans. No boxed baked goods mixes are to be used. Decorated cakes must have a cake base.

All baked products become the property of the Community Show and will be sold at the Baked Goods Auction on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium, immediately following the opening ceremonies. At 8:00 p.m., all Grand Champions & Reserve Champions will be sold. On the auditorium stage, all auction bidders can register and pick up their bidder cards prior to the auction. Any baked goods item that is deemed to be unsaleable at the baked goods auction is at the discretion of the judges and/or the Community Show committee. 

Do you own a cat? Dog? An unusual pet? If so, bring your pet to the annual Pet Show on Saturday, September 10. Register beginning at 10:00 a.m. on the front lawn of Catoctin High School. The Pet Show starts at 10:30 a.m. Pets must be handled and controlled by their owners and/or crated. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own chairs to sit on during the show. Previous year’s Pet Show Grand Champions and Reserve Champions are ineligible to enter. An ant is not a pet, and animals are not allowed in the school. Show classes are: Cat with Prettiest Eyes, Cat with Longest Whiskers, Cutest Cat, Best Trained Pet, Dog with Waggiest Tail, Prettiest Dog, Best Costumed Pet, Pet with Most Spots, Largest Pet (by height), Most Unusual Pet, and Smallest Pet.

View the schedule and more information in the advertisement on the back cover.

Sabillasville Mountain Festival & Car Show

You won’t want to miss the 46th Annual Sabillasville Mountain Festival & Car Show on Saturday and Sunday, October 8-9 (Car Show on October 8 at 11:00 a.m.), at Sabillasville Environmental School in Sabillasville. Admission is free! Enjoy local vendors, demonstrations, food trucks, music, fun for the kids, and much more! Vendors and sponsors wanted. View the advertisement on page 9 if you would like to be a vendor/sponsor and for more information on this family-fun event.

The Life and Legacy of Harriet Tubman

Visit Harriet Chapel in Thurmont on Saturday, September 17, at 1:00 p.m., for The Life and Legacy of Harriet Tubman, presented by Maryland State Parks Ranger, Angela Crenshaw. Optional tours of the church and visits to Catoctin Furnace Historical Sites, the Catoctin Furnace, and the Trail to the Slave Graveyard will be offered. The event is co-sponsored with the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society. View the advertisement on page 26 for more information.

4th Annual Bingo for Veterans

Golden Gears Car Club is holding its 4th Annual Bingo for Veterans on Saturday, October 22, at Frederick Elks Lodge #684 in Frederick. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., with games starting at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome! Tickets are $20.00 in advance. Bingo features 16 regular games, paying $100 each, as well as specials, jackpot, 50/50, food, and more! View the advertisement on page 9 for information on how to get your tickets today!