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James Rada, Jr.

For 62 years, the Thurmont and Emmitsburg Community Show has been highlighting the role of agriculture in northern Frederick County and spotlighting the talents of area residents. This year’s show was held at Catoctin High School on September 7-9. More than $13,000 in prizes were awarded to the hundreds of exhibitors.

On one end of the school, area residents spread out artwork, agricultural items and baked foods in the large gym. On the opposite end of the school, other students groomed animals preparing to show them. In between these two points, businesses and local civic organizations displayed their services and purposes.

The show is sponsored by the Thurmont Grange, Catoctin High’s FFA Chapter, Catoctin Area FFA Alumni, the Maryland Agricultural Fair Board, and the Maryland State Grange. It comes together each year through the efforts of hundreds of volunteers.

The line for the Thurmont Regional Library’s annual used book sale began forming even before the community show’s 6:00 p.m. start time Friday evening.

The show opened with its traditional flag ceremony highlighting all of northern Frederick County’s civic and public service organizations. The evening honored the 50th anniversary of the opening of Catoctin High School.

Catoctin High’s current Principal Bernie Quesada and all of Catoctin’s former principals — with some of them in attendance — were recognized for their contribution to the Catoctin community. “They’ve all had distinguished careers and made a difference in thousands of lives of young people,” Quesada said.

Catoctin High was born in turmoil but has since become a binding force for northern Frederick County. It is due, in part, to the efforts of these men and women who led the school and fostered its growth with the community.

Dr. Harper Long, Catoctin’s first principal who currently resides in Iowa, wrote an e-mail to Principal Bernie Quesada, saying, “One of Mr. Goodrich’s and my highest priorities that first year was to bring together the communities of Emmitsburg and Thurmont. The Board of Education’s site selection for the new school did not sit well with either community. Both towns wanted the new school to be nearer their town. Since we could do nothing to alter the physical position of the school building, we tried to bring the two communities together. We all worked to develop respect for each others’ needs.” It is a mission that all of these principals have worked at accomplishing.

The professionals who served as Catoctin High School’s principals since its opening include Bernard Quesada (2010 – current), Jack Newkirk (2005 – 2010), Ann Bonitatibus (2001 – 2005), Marlene “Marty” Tarr (1996 – 2001), Earl Miller (1984 – 1996), Bruce Brown (1983 – 1984), James Fisher (1977 – 1983), Harper Long (1969 – 1977), and Howard Goodrich (1969).

During the opening ceremony, Catoctin High student Robert Hahn was chosen as the school’s FFA ambassador for the coming year.

National Grange Master Betsy Huber congratulated the community on putting together the show each year. She said, “Grangers everywhere are involved in fairs and shows like this one because we’re all doers.”

Frederick County Superintendent of Schools Theresa Alban said, “I sit here every year and find different inspiration.”

After the opening ceremony on Friday evening, the Community Show’s events continued through the weekend and featured a baked goods auction, a livestock auction, a petting zoo, music, pony rides, a pet show, a horseshoe pitching contest, log sawing contest and much more.

The Thurmont and Emmitsburg Community Show is the largest in the State of Maryland. It is exemplary. The strength of the show and the strength of agriculture in northern Frederick County stands on the shoulders of the volunteers who proudly teach and carry that heritage forward from generation to generation.

Photos by Deb Abraham Spalding, Gracie Eyler, Blair Garrett, and Taylor Clarke

Front row left to right: Jan Gardner, Frederick County Executive; Betsy Huber, National Grange President; Jennifer Martin, Secretary of the Community Show Committee; Mary Fisher, widow of Dr. James Fisher former CHS Principal; Marty Tarr, former CHS Principal; Cathy Little, Asst. Treasurer of the Community Show Committee; Robert Hahn, Catoctin FFA Ambassador.

Back row left to right: Dave Harman, Community Show Committee member; Bob Valentine, Vice-President of the Community Show Committee; Daniel Myers, Community Show Committee member; Rodman Myers, President of the Community Show Committee; Earl Miller, former CHS Principal; Jack Newkirk, former CHS Principal; Bruce Brown, former CHS Principal; Bernie Quesada, current CHS Principal; Terry Alban, Superintendent of Frederick County Public Schools; Amy Jo Poffenberger, CHS Agriculture Education Teacher.

Pictured left to right are Cathy Little, Rodman Myers, Harold Bollinger, Sue Keilholtz, and Margaret Black.

Photo by Deb Abraham Spalding

On November 20, 2017, proceeds from the sale of this year’s Grand Champion Junior and Youth Department Champion Cakes at the Thurmont and Emmitsburg Community Show generated funds that were combined with the Show’s Silver Offering donations and donated to the Emmitsburg Food Bank and the Thurmont Food Bank (pictured above).

Proceeds from the sale of this year’s Grand Champion Junior and Youth Department Champion Cakes at the Thurmont and Emmitsburg Community Show generated funds that were combined with the Show’s Silver Offering donations and donated to the Emmitsburg Food Bank and the Thurmont Food Bank. A total of $525.00 was presented to volunteers at each location.


Thurmont Food Bank volunteer, Harold Bollinger, is shown with Community Show volunteers, Sue Keilholtz, Margaret Black, and Rodman Myers.


Emmitsburg Food Bank volunteers, Mary Price and Phyllis Kelly, are shown with Community Show volunteer, Denise Valentine

The Thurmont and Emmitsburg Community Show held its annual Pet Show on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at Catoctin High School. Prior to the show, a K-9 demonstration was held by the Thurmont Police Department and narcotics dog, Buddy. Dave Harman and Dave Johnston served as chairmen for this event. Jenny Humphries, an employee at Catoctin Mountain Park, and Don Stanley, a retired employee from Catoctin Mountain Park, served as judges. They selected a dog, owned by Tracy Beeman, as Champion of the show. She received a gift certificate donated by the Thurmont Feed Store and a rosette ribbon. Selected as Reserve Champion was a dog-owned by Pam Kaas. She received a gift certificate donated by Main Street Groomers and a rosette ribbon. Food coupons to Taco Bell and Kentucky Fried Chicken were given to those participating in the show. Also, the Thurmont Feed Store donated pet food for the Show. Winners listed as first, second, third and honorable mention are: Cat With Prettiest Eyes—Brittan Sweeney, Larry Duble, Audrey Downs; Cat With Longest Whiskers—Larry Duble, Audrey Downs, Diana Gouker, Brittan Sweeney; Cutest Cat—Brittan Sweeney, Diana Gouker, Audrey Downs, Larry Duble; Best Trained Pet—Mary Larrivee, Rodney Kline, Tracy Beeman; Dog With Wiggliest Tail—Madison and Owen Ott, Joyce Kline, Kayla Long, Luanne Ewing; Prettiest Dog (25 Pounds and Under)—Tracy Beeman, John Herr, Madison and Owen Ott, Kayla Long, Olivia Vega, Curtis Clopper; Prettiest Dog (26 Pounds and Over)—Matthew Offutt, Pam Kaas, Mary Larrivee, Madison and Owen Ott, Maxine Troxell, Abby Ewing Kendra Keeney; Best Costumed Pet—Natalie Johnson, Fabiola Miller, Alivia Blum, Kendra Keeney, Cole Hahn, Carly Hahn, Audrey Downs; Pet With Most Spots—Abby Ewing, Mary Dal-Favero, Matthew Offutt, Brittan Sweeney, Mary Larrivee; Largest Pet—Pam Kaas, Mary Larrivee; Most Unusual Pet—Mary Dal-Favero, Brittan Sweeney; Smallest Pet—Brittan Sweeney, Carly Hahn, John Herr, Cole Hahn

A Kiddie Tractor Pull was held Sunday, September 11, 2016, during the Community Show. Dave Harman served as chairman of this event. Dan and Pat Herbst and Ben and Sarah Steelman of the Plowboy Pedal Pullers provided the Tractor, sled, and weights for this event. Nineteen children, between the ages of five and ten, participated. Winners are listed as first, second, and third, respectively: Ages 5-6—Josie Martin, Chloe Mathias, Preston Clark; Ages 7-8—Ryan Martin, Wyatt Milbourne, Xavier Yates; Ages 9-10—Caroline Clark, Shank Milbourne, Gavin Valentine. The first place winners in each age group received a John Deere-FFA-Special-Edition-Tractor. Grand Champion of the contest was Ryan Martin and Reserve Champion was Caroline Clark.

Winners in the 36th Annual Robert Kaas Memorial Horseshoe Pitching Contest for 2016 were: 1st place—John Holt and Dale Kaas; 2nd place—Rich Willard and Carl Willard; 3rd place—Gary Willard and Donnie Kaas.

The 36th Annual Log Sawing Contest was held, with the winners as follows: Children’s Team (14 years old and younger): 1st place—Wyatt Davis and Kolton Whetzel (1.51:52); 2nd place—Natalie Bentz and Katie Glass (3.00:34); 3rd place—Caroline Clark and Kolton Whetzel (3.03:73); Men and Women’s Division: lst place—Justin and Ashley McAfee (1.03:3); 2nd place—Paul Dennis and Amanda Dennis (2.02:90); 3rd place—Debra and Chuck Hilton (2.13:23); Men’s Division:  lst place—Justin McAfee and Jeff McAfee (42:19); 2nd place—Ray Martin, III and Dennis Lescalleet (51:84); 3rd place—Robert Hahn and Ray Martin, IV (1.21:94); Ladies Team: lst place—Kelly Glass and Brittany Brown (4.25:12); 2nd place—Megan Millison and Brittany Brown (5.51:49); 3rd place—Jessica Martin and Caroline Clark (8:01:53); Adult and Child (under 13): 1st place—Ashley Lescalleet and Dennis Lescalleet (52:14); 2nd place—Gavin Valentine and Mark Valentine (1.15:21); 3rd place—Cadin Valentine and Eric Troxell (1.37:08).


* Correction:  The Reserve Champion in the 2016 Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show Canned Fruits category was awarded to Jackie Troxell (Yellow cherries). The Community Show Committee regrets this error.

DSC_0793“People working together. It’s community, it really is.” These were the words of The Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show’s President, Rodman Myers, when he was asked what he liked best about the Community Show. The Community Show is an elaborate 3-day community fair that has saturated one weekend in September with community opportunity and involvement for the past 59 years. This year, it was held on the weekend of September 11 through 13, 2015 at Catoctin High School.

The Community Show’s Opening Ceremonies on Friday evening honored the 50th Anniversary of Sabillasville Elementary School. Dr. Theresa Alban, Superintendent of Frederick County Public Schools, spoke about the strong community that exists in northern Frederick County. Though her comments were brief, she spoke pointedly to our Catoctin community; especially our “extraordinary heroes” who were present in the flag ceremony representing our community’s first responders, service organizations, and our Veterans.

She said, “I’ve seen it first hand in the generous way that these organizations reach out to our schools to support them and our students who are most in need. But I’ve also seen it when a community member is in crisis. The way you rally around that person, that family, that school. It truly is my honor to be able, on September 11th, to remember the things that are important in our country that are embodied here in the people of Thurmont and Emmitsburg. So, I thank you so much for being who you are, for instilling those kinds of values in our students, and for maintaining these kinds of traditions year after year after year…”

Dr. Alban and Sabillasville Elementary School Principal, Kate Krietz announced Catoctin’s 2015-2016 FFA Ambassador, Stephanie Kennedy. Honorees for the 50th Anniversary representing Sabillasville Elementary School included Michele Firme, Paula Bowman, Nicky Lingg, Susan Valenti, and Jody Miller, not to forget the many alumni and current students of Sabillasville Elementary who were in the audience.

Rodman said, “This was one of the best programs we’ve had in a long time. Not to say that other programs haven’t been good, but this year’s Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Alban, she had a great message and the community really came together.”

The Show is sponsored by the Thurmont Grange, Catoctin FFA Chapter, Catoctin Area FFA Alumni, Maryland Agricultural Fair Board, and the Maryland State Grange. A large volunteer force pulls together to make the Community Show happen. They are led by the Show’s President, Rodman Myers, and Vice President, Bob Valentine. While the purpose of the Community Show is to educate, to inspire, and to entertain, it’s community that makes all of those things happen. This is the community’s annual Show. Rodman said, “It’s amazing – the volunteerism it takes to put on a show like this.”

Local organizations benefit financially from the Show starting with the baked goods auction on Friday night immediately following the Opening Ceremony. People donate money from the sale of baked goods to many entities including Catoctin FFA students’ participation in the FFA Convention, the Burall Brothers Scholarship Fund, diabetes, the Boys and Girls Club of Frederick, the Thurmont Grange, and many more. The top sale of a single cake generated $1300.00 this year.

The Silver offering is a donation collected at the door of the Community show, and the proceeds from that collection and the Junior and Youth Department champion cakes were donated to the Thurmont and Emmitsburg Food Banks. Each food bank received $400.00. Carol Robertson, President of Catoctin Colorfest, Inc., purchased two hogs in the name of the Food Bank.

Refreshments were sold throughout the weekend by the Thurmont Lions Club, the CHS Basketball team, and the CHS Junior Class. A Roast Turkey & Country Ham Supper was served by the Thurmont Grange, and a Chicken Bar-B-Que was served by Catoctin FFA Alumni. These fundraisers did well. Rodman said, “We had to get more food, or we sold out of food.” Entertainment by “Catoctin” (The Catoctin Mountain Boys), and the Elvis Show was enjoyed by many. New this year included the Elvis Show, the Pedal Tractor pull for the kids, and face painting.

Exhibits were up in entries this year. The youth department was well represented. Lewis Auctioneers and the Ruby’s from Route 15 Auction Center were the auctioneers for the baked goods and livestock auctions.

In the livestock area, Bob Valentine managed the Show. He said to, “Thank the community for their support over the years.” This year’s livestock action resulted in the following average prices; swine $2.51/lb., sheep $3.362/lb., beef $2.38/lb., and goats $262/head. The gross sales totaled $36,996.

Look forward to the 60th Anniversary of the Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show next September! Plans are underway with some great entertainment, community showing, and agricultural awareness. This year’s buyers will be listed in next year’s Community Show Booklet. If you would like to volunteer, please call Rodman Myers at 301-271-2104.

Photos by Deb Spalding and Grace Eyler


Sabillasville Elementary School’s 50th Anniversary: (top row) Laura Keilholtz, Dave Harman, Annette Harbaugh, Rodman Myers, Bernie Quesado, Dr. Theresa Alban, Bob Valentine, Daniel Myers, and Jody Miller; (front row) Michele Firme, Paula Bowman, Brenda Smith, Stephanie Kennedy, Nicky Lingg, Susan Valenti, and Kate Kreitz. These folks were joined by some of the school’s alumni and current students.


Pictured from left are Thad Bittner, Beef, Sheep and Swine Committee Member; Carol Robertson, President of Catoctin Colorfest; Rodman Myers, President of the Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show; Harold Bollinger, Thurmont Food Bank Volunteer; Sue Keilholtz, Chair of the Youth Department; and Margaret Black, Chair of the Junior Department.


Pictured from left are Mary Price and Phyllis Kelly, Emmitsburg Food Bank Volunteers; Denise Valentine, Chairman of the Baked Goods Department; and Rodman Myers, President of the Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show.


2015 Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show Champions and Reserve Champions

Fresh Fruits: Martha Hauver (White Hale Peaches); Reserve Champion—Robert Black (Plums); Fresh Vegetables: Brian Harbaugh (Onions); Reserve Champion—Roxanna Lambert (Scallop Squash); Home Products Display: Charlotte Dutton; Reserve Champion—Roxanna Lambert; Canned Fruit: Carolyn Hahn (Whole Red Cherries); Reserve Champion—Carolyn Hahn (Pears); Canned Vegetables: Ann Welty (Rhubarb); Reserve Champion—Carolyn Hahn (Whole Green Beans); Jellies & Preserves: Denise Shriver (Peach Jelly); Reserve Champion—Denise Shriver (Apricot Preserves); Pickles: JoAnne Fuss (Vegetable Relish); Reserve Champion—Deborah Howd (Other – Pickled Asparagus); Meat (Canned): Ann Welty (Spare Ribs); Reserve Champion—Pauline McAfee (Canned Tenderloin); Home Cured Meats: Robert McAfee (Ham); Reserve DSC_0819Champion—Catoctin FFA Alumni (Ham); Baked Products: Cake: Michelle Troast (German Chocolate Cake); Reserve Champion—Maxine Troxell (Hummingbird Cake); Honorable Mention Cake—Burall Brothers Scholarship—Maxine Troxell (Sponge Cake); Bread: Maxine Troxell (Onion Bread); Reserve Champion—Maxine Troxell (Fruit & Nut Bread–Spiced Pear); Pie: Deborah Howd (Pecan Pie); Reserve Champion—Deborah Howd (French Apple Pie); Sugar Free: Roxanna Lambert (Diabetic Bread); Catherine Miller (Peach Pie); Gluten Free Baked Product: Sharon Lewis (Gluten Free Fudge Cake); Reserve Champion—Sharon Lewis (Pecan Pie); Sewing: Patricia Lipscomb (Misc. Items – Tatted Items); Reserve Champion—Janet Jewell (Quilt – Handmade and Machine – wool applique by hand); Flowers & Plants: Roxanna Lambert (Side Table Arrangement); Reserve Champion—Roxanna Lambert (Hanging Flowering Potted Plant); Arts, Painting & Drawings: Charlotte Dutton (Other Painting – painted tile); Reserve Champion—Jackson Steinly (Charcoal Drawing); Crafts: Thomas Horvat (Woodburning); Jack Hymiller (Misc. Craft – Pumpkin Minions); Photography: Kenneth Trout (Color Photo – Sports); Reserve Champion—Gina McCracken (Color Picture – Animal/Pets); Corn: Brian D. Glass (Hybrid Corn); Reserve Champion—Brian Glass (Best Single Ear); Small Grain & Seeds: Rodman Myers (Shelled Corn); Reserve Champion—Preston Clark (Soybeans); Eggs: Audrey Downs (Brown Eggs); Reserve Champion—Audrey Downs (White Eggs); Nuts: Jen Sayler (Shellbarks); Reserve Champion—Edward Hahn (English Walnuts); Rabbit: Olivia Dutton Poultry (Breeding Rabbits and Offspring); Reserve Champion—Laura Dutton (Breeding Male); Dairy: Joseph Hubbard (Ayrshire Calf); Reserve Champion—Dylan Moser (Brown Swiss Calf); Dairy Goats: Olivia Dutton—(Milking Yearling); Reserve Champion—Rose Froelich (five-year-old Doe); Hay: Dalton Sayler (Mixed Hay); Reserve Champion—Dalton Sayler (Alfalfa Hay); Straw: Dalton Sayler (Barley Straw); Reserve Champion—Steve Strickhouser (Oat Straw); Junior Department: Caroline Clarke (Sewing); Reserve Champion—Hannah Hurley (Other Garden Item – Cabbage); Junior Department Baked Product: Hoyt Sayler (Peanut Butter Fudge); Reserve Champion—Madison Ott (Sour Cream Pound Cake); Youth Department: Stephanie Freniere (Recycled Material picture); Reserve Champion—Justin McAfee (Metal Craft – Boot Rack); Youth Department Baked Product: Justin McAfee (Apple Pie); Reserve Champion–Ray Martin, IV (Black Walnut Chiffon with Vanilla Glaze); Beef: Samantha Bentz; Reserve Champion–Brittnee Brown; Sheep: Ashley McAfee; Reserve Champion–Caroline Clark; Swine: Ashley Lescalleet; Reserve Champion—Wyatt Davis; Market Goat: Laura Dutton; Reserve Champion—Kendra Keeney; Decorated Animal Contest: Olivia Dutton (Goat); Reserve Champion—Laura Dutton (Goat); Pet Show: Debbie Harbaugh (Dog); Reserve Champion—Dan Kulczak (Dog).

Upcoming Anniversary Events

Sabillasville Elementary School’s 50th Anniversary will be honored during the opening ceremonies of the Thurmont and Emmitsburg Community Show on Friday, September 11, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the auditorium at Catoctin High School. The school’s staff, faculty, and students are encouraged to attend. It is hoped that a record crowd attends so that many fond memories can be remembered, and former classmates can reunite.

Save the Date: The Sabillasville Elementary School PTO will host a 50th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, at the school. During school, students will celebrate from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the auditorium; a community celebration will begin at 6:00 p.m. with Alumni Meet-Up, followed by a celebration at 7:00 p.m. Visit for more information.

Pet Show

The Thurmont and Emmitsburg Community Show Pet Show was held on Saturday, September 6, 2014, at Catoctin High School.

Judges for this event were Jim and Barbara Mofffatt of Mount Pleasant, Maryland, and Chairmen were Dave Harman and Dave Johnston.

The judges selected Amber Sanders and her Huskie dog as Champion. She received a gift certificate to Thurmont Feed Store and a rosette ribbon. Selected as reserve Champion was Maxine Troxell with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog. She received a gift certificate to Main Street Groomers and a rosette ribbon.

Food coupons from Roy Rogers, Taco Bell, and Kentucky Fried Chicken were given to those participating and spectators. The Thurmont Feed Store, LLC donated pet food for the event.

Winners are listed as first, second, third, and honorable mention respectively: Cat with Prettiest Eyes—Abbey Shaffer, Paige-Maree Woods, Madison Flohr, Josie Kaas; Cat with Longest Whiskers—Peggy King, Madison Flohr (tie for first), Abbey Shaffer, Britany and Bethany Study, Josie Kaas (tie for third), Paige Marie Woods; Cutest Cat—Josie Kaas, Karen Kinnaird, Madison Flohr; Best Trained Pet—Jillian Fedor, Tracy Beeman, Gina McCracken; Dog with Wiggliest Tail—Maxine Troxell, Donnie Kaas, Debbie Howd (tie for second), Ashlyn Summerall; Prettiest Dog (25 pounds and under)—Chelsea Smith, Emily Kline, Lauren Ames (tie for second), Maxine Troxell, Anthony Miller; Prettiest Dog (26 pounds and over)—Amber Sanders, Gina McCracken, Melissa Fedor, Donnie Kaas (tie for third), Nicole Flohr, Debbie Howd (tie for honorable mention); Best Costumed Pet—Linda Herr, Paige Maree Woods, Anthony Miller (tie for second), Cole and Carley Hahn, Maxine Troxell; Largest Pet—Nicole Flohr, Gina McCracken; Most Unusual Pet—Brittan Sweeney, Madison Flohr, Britany Study, Tanner Seiss, Masten Rosensteel; Smallest Pet—Tanner Seiss, Britany Study, Madison Flohr.

Horseshoe Pitching Contest and Log Sawing Contest

 Winners in the 34th Annual Robert Kaas Memorial Horseshoe Pitching Contest were:  First place—Rick Wivell and Jeff Snyder; Second place—Roy Wivell and Dick Glass; Third place—Dave Wivell and Russell Kaas.

The 34th Annual Log Sawing Contest winners were: Children’s Division (14 years old and younger): First place—Ryan and Owen Liller (53:00); Second place—Gavin Valentine and Waylon Farmer (54:51); Third place—Rayn Tice and Wyatt Davis (1:14); Men and Women’s Division: First place—Justin and Ashley McAfee (20:00); Second place—Denny Willard and Kayla Umbel (24:10); Third place—Mark and Jessica Valentine (28:06); Men’s Division: First place—Justin McAfee and Jeff McAfee (21:00); Second place—Jonathan Hubbard and Robert Hahn (22:00); Third place—Johnny Kempisty and Dustin Hahn (34:76).

Decorated Animal Contest

The winners of the Decorated Animal Contest were: Champion—Peyton Davis (Sheep); Reserve Champion—Laura Dutton (Goat). Other participants included Olivia Dutton (goat). The Judge of the Decorated Animal Contest was Emma Main, Regional Operational Manager of Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit, located in Frederick, Maryland.  Each of the contestants received a ribbon, and prize money will be divided among all of the contestants.


Champions and Reserve Champions

Fresh Fruits: Champion—Chris Black (Cortland Apples); Reserve Champion—Wyatt Black (Sugar Giant Peaches).

Fresh Vegetables: Champion—Brian Harbaugh (Onions); Reserve Champion—Bernard Hobbs (Collection of five different vegetables).

Home Products Display: Champion—Roxanna Lambert; Reserve Champion—Charlotte Dutton.

Canned Fruit: Champion—Linda Franklin (Peaches); Reserve Champion—Linda Franklin (Applesauce).

Canned Vegetables: Champion—Deborah Howard (Spaghetti Sauce); Reserve Champion—Sarah Jones (Corn).

Jellies & Preserves: Champion—Donald Stanley (Blackberry Jelly); Reserve Champion—Dawn Hobbs (Strawberry Jelly).

Pickles: Champion—Deborah Howard (Asparagus); Reserve Champion—Dawn Hobbs (Watermelon Pickles).

Meat (Canned): Champion—Ann Welty (Fish); Reserve Champion—Kiristin Dugan (Chicken).

Baked Products – Bread: Champion—Maxine Troxell (Sweet Buns); Reserve Champion—Althea Wood (Dinner Rolls).

Cake: Champion—Dawn Hobbs (Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting); Reserve Champion—Maxine Troxell (Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Filling).

Pie: Champion—Maxine Troxell (Pie–other variety); Reserve Champion—Maxine Troxell (Pecan Pie).

SDSC_1264ugar Free: Champion—Jill Holler (Chocolate Kaluha Cake); Reserve Champion—Roxanna Lambert (Diabetic Bread).

Gluten-free Baked Product: Champion—Sharon Lewis (Pecan Pie); Reserve Champion—Sharon Lewis (Gluten-free Cookies).

Sewing: Champion—Peggy VanDerCryysson (Embroidered Quilt); Reserve Champion—Frances Fields (Sewn Dress).

Flowers & Plants: Champion—Carol Maddox (One-Sided Floral Arrangement); Reserve Champion—Roxanna Lambert (Holiday Arrangement).

Arts, Painting & Drawings: Champion—Laura Day (Painting); Reserve Champion—Charlotte Dutton (Tole Painting).

Crafts: Champion—Robert Bittner (Mailbox); Reserve Champion—Constance Smith (Scrapbook).

Photography: Champion—Erin Merritt (Color Photo – People); Reserve Champion—Tim Ewing (Black & White Photo).

Corn: Champion—Brian D. Glass (Hybrid Corn); Reserve Champion—Brian Harbaugh (Hybrid Corn).

Small Grain & Seeds: Champion—Dallas McNair (Shelled Corn); Reserve Champion—Marie Free (Sunflower Seeds).

Eggs: Champion—Rick Matthews (Brown Eggs); Reserve Champion—Jacob Keeney (Brown Eggs).

Nuts: Champiion—Edward Hahn (Black Walnuts); Reserve Champion—Edward Hahn (Chestnuts).

Poultry & Livestock: Champion—Laura Dutton Poultry (Female & Offspring); Reserve Champion—Abby Adams (Bantams – one rooster and one hen).

Rabbit: Champion—Laura Dutton (Breeding Rabbit & Offspring – one female); Reserve Champion—Jonathan Hubbard (Breeding Rabbit – one buck and one female).

Dairy: Champion—Joseph Hubbard (Ayrshire Intermediate Calf); Reserve Champion—Joshua Hubbard (Brown Swiss Summer Yearling).

Dairy Goats: Champion—Olivia Dutton (2-year-old Goat); Reserve Champion—Laura Dutton (3-year-old Doe).

Hay: Champion—Jonathan Hubbard (Mixed Hay); Reserve Champion—Dalton Sayler (Alfalfa Hay).

Straw: Champion—Dalton Sayler (Barley Straw); Reserve Champion—Steve Strickhouser (Oat Straw).

Junior Department: Champion—Paige Baker (Flip Flop Wreath); Reserve Champion—Alex Contreras (Color Photo Collage).

Junior Department Baked Product: Champion—Caroline Clarke (Pound Cake); Reserve Champion—Jayden Myers (Frosted Red Velvet Cake).

Youth Department: Champion—Laura Dutton (Paper Mache Craft); Reserve Champion—Jeremy Ramage (Recycled Craft).

Youth Department Baked Product: Champion—Justin McAfee (Apple Pie); Reserve Champion—Matthew Lenhart (Chocolate Fudge).

Beef: Champion—Chris Coblentz; Reserve Champion—Breann Fields.


Sheep: Champion—Ashley McAfee; Reserve Champion—Kendra Keeney

Swine: Champion—Wyatt Davis; Reserve Champion—Kolton Whetzel.


 Market Goat: Champion—Kayla Neff; Reserve Champion—Olivia Dutton.

Decorated Animal Contest: Champion—Peyton Davis (Sheep); Reserve Champion—Laura Dutton (Goat).

Pet Show: Champion—Amber Sanders (Huskie Dog); Reserve Champion—Maxine Troxell (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Dog).

Deb Spalding


A button is just a button, right?  If you notice how many buttons you rely upon, you might wonder what a button would say if it could tell others about its day. Buttons, like their zipper cousins, are so often taken for granted. Yet, they steadfastly secure our clothing without a bat of their eye. In our everyday lives, it seems they only garner attention when they are not where they are needed to hitch our clothing together or embellish an outfit.

To Helen “Tip” Mackley, a life-long resident of Thurmont, a button is more than just a button. Those that are part of her late mother’s large button collection are cherished keepsakes that commemorate her mother’s beloved hobby. They are souvenirs of times gone by.

DSC_1157Tip displayed the Ruth Holdcraft Mackley Button Collection at the annual Thurmont and Emmitsburg Community Show in September. Many of the unique buttons in the collection have a history, a heritage, and some even have a story. Tip’s favorites are those with the best stories.

At this past Community Show, Tip shared some of the buttons’ stories.  At a clothing drive that took place during World War II, her mom had sewn her name and address inside a coat she donated to the drive. The coat was purchased by a woman from Hungary. The Hungarian woman wrote to Ruth, and the two became friends. For years, they corresponded and sent buttons back and forth. There are several displays of the colorful buttons the Hungarian woman sent. If those buttons could, they would tell stories of travel and friendship.

In the battle of Iwo Jima. Tip’s uncle was a member of the Seabeas in the 5th Marine Division. One day, while the Marines were taking the air field, her uncle’s squadron was to stay below ground in a fox hole. Her uncle peeked out of the fox hole and noticed a Japanese soldier who was about to toss a hand grenade into their fox hole. Her uncle caught the grenade and threw it back at the Japanese soldier. Tip’s uncle sent her mother a button from the Japanese soldier’s coat. It was a Japanese officer’s uniform button. If that button could, it would tell stories of war and sacrifice.

Tip had another uncle in Ohio. A taylor from Austria had moved to his town and opened a taylor shop. When the taylor died, her uncle sent some of the buttons from his shop to her mother. If those buttons could, they would tell stories of serving a community in a new land.

While showing a long string of buttons, Tip called the string an Emory string. Back in earlier days, friends would exchange buttons and put them on an emory string. With a grin, Tip said, “When you reached 1,000 buttons, you were supposed to meet your husband.” If these buttons could, they would tell stories of friendship and possibly romance.

Tip’s father, Lloyd C. Mackley who passed away at age sixty in 1957, also contributed to his wife’s button collection. He was a member of several organizations. He picked up campaign buttons at different conventions he attended for work and volunteer interests. Also, Tip had another uncle in the service who was stationed in England in WWII.  He became friends with some firemen over there, and they gave some buttons from their company. Some of the buttons had sayings on them. If they could, these buttons wouldn’t tell you any stories, because they speak for themselves.

Some very colorful glass buttons are part of the collection. They were made between 1870 and 1875. They were made to match material and were only made during those five years. If they could, these buttons would tell stories in patterns.

In the 1940s, one button on display was worth $28. It has a moon that was added with a different material after the button was made. This very ornate button may be valuable today. If it could, it would tell stories about its value.

The Ruth Holdcraft Mackley Button Collection consists of approximately 100 display boxes of buttons. Tip said, “Mom just loved buttons.” She subscribed to a magazine called Just Buttons in the 1940s and 1950s. This publication can still serve as a resource for button collectors. Tip’s mother died in 1968. It is apparent that Tip enjoys sharing the stories of the buttons with others. The colorful, unique, and artistic buttons evoke “oohs and ahhs” from children, and admiration from adults. For those who express curiosity, they are entertained by Tip as she shares the buttons’ stories. Oh, the stories they tell.