The Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show will be held at Catoctin High School on September 11-13, 2015.

On Friday night, the 2015-2016 Catoctin FFA Chapter Ambassador will be announced. The baked goods auction will begin following the program and the grand champion cake, pie, bread, gluten-free baked product, sugar-free baked product, and the Junior and Youth Department baked product champions will be sold at 9:00 p.m.

Entry of exhibits will take place on Thursday evening, September 10, from 6:00-9:00 p.m., and on Friday, September 11, from 8:30-11:30 a.m., in the new gymnasium and in the agriculture department area. There will be changes made in many of the classes, including photography, fresh vegetables, corn, and other departments. Judging will begin at 12:30 p.m. Commercial exhibits may be entered on Friday, September 11, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The show will open to the public at 6:00 p.m., and the Friday night program will feature the 50th anniversary of Sabillasville Elementary School.

On Saturday, September 12, the show opens at 9:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Activities include a Market Goat, Beef, Sheep and Swine Fitting & Showing contest, from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., at the Ag Center at the school. A Scales and Tales demonstration will take place immediately prior to the Pet Show, which will take place in the front of the school at 10:30 a.m. The petting zoo, farm animals, and pony rides will also be held on Saturday and Sunday, located near the upper parking lot at the high school.

The Thurmont Grange will serve a buffet turkey and country ham dinner in the school cafeteria from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Saturday night. Prices are: $13.00 per adult, $7.00 for children under twelve (children under five are free). Carry-out dinners are available for $14.00 each.

The Catoctin Mountain Boys will perform in the auditorium at 7:00 p.m. There will be no admission charge for this entertainment.

The 41st annual Catoctin FFA Alumni Beef, Sheep & Swine sale will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Ag Center area on Saturday night.

Activities begin on Sunday, September 13 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. At noon, the Catoctin FFA Alumni Chicken Bar-B-Que will be held in the cafeteria. Prices are: $10.00 per adult; $7.00 for children under age twelve. The 36th annual Robert Kaas Horseshoe Pitching Contest will begin at 1:00 p.m. The Log Sawing Contest will begin at 1:00 p.m. under the show tent in the Ag Center area.

A peddle tractor contest for kids will be held on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., also in the Ag Center area. The Catoctin Mountain Boys will perform from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the auditorium.

Exhibits must be removed on Sunday, September 13, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. If items are left at the school after this time, they may be picked up in the Ag Center area on Tuesday, September 15, as there is no school on Monday, September 14.

The community show booklets can now be found in local Thurmont, Emmitsburg and surrounding area businesses.

New residents of the community are urged to enter and be a part of the Community Show, the largest in the State of Maryland.

Some minor additions and deletions will be made in some of the departments. Departments include: Fresh Fruits, Fresh Vegetables, Home Products Display, Canned Fruits, Canned Vegetables, Jellies and Preserves, Pickles, Meats, Baked Products, Sewing and Needlework, Flowers and Plants, Arts, Paintings and Drawings, Crafts, Photography, Corn, Small Grains and Seeds, Eggs, Nuts, Poultry and Livestock, Dairy, Goats, Hay, Junior Department and Youth Department. There is no entry fee.

Please visit their website for updated information at www.thurmontemmitsburgcommunityshow.

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

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