For the mayors of Thurmont and Emmitsburg, the 63rd annual Thurmont and Emmitsburg Community Show is a chance for the county’s two northernmost municipalities to come together and show off the area’s agricultural and historical heritage.
This year’s show, scheduled from Sept. 6 to Sept. 8 at Catoctin High School, will feature several agricultural events and will honor notable anniversaries of some long-standing organizations.
Emmitsburg Mayor Don Briggs said the show is a great way to show off the agricultural history of both towns.
“We share so much with Thurmont,” Briggs said. “It’s just a very special show featuring the agriculture ... and there’s all kinds of art and wonderful exhibits. It just brings everyone together, and that’s very important.”
The show opens to the public at the high school’s gymnasium at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. An hour later, the Catoctin FFA’s chapter ambassador for 2019-20 will be announced, and the group will honor the American Legion posts in both Emmitsburg and Thurmont, which are celebrating their 100th anniversary.
The FFA will also honor the Seton Center in Emmitsburg, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Sister Martha Beaudoin, administrator at the center, thanked northern county residents for their support. She added that the show is a good opportunity to show them what services the center offers, and how they can volunteer at the center.
“It’s not only services you can get, but services you can give,” Beaudoin said.
Thurmont Mayor John Kinnaird said the opening ceremony, which will include the honoring of the American Legions, Seton Center and a flag ceremony, is one of his favorite parts of the show.
Like Briggs and Beaudoin, he said the northern part of the county has a rich agricultural history. He added that history is important across the state.
“In a lot of ways, this is the breadbasket of the state of Maryland,” Kinnaird said. “We share a common purpose and our agricultural heritage, and it’s to be able to come together and show that off.”
After the opening ceremonies, the show’s baked goods auction will begin at 8:15 p.m. Friday.
On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the agricultural center at the school, there will be a beef, sheep, goat and swine show.
From 10 a.m. to noon, there will be a pet show on the school’s front lawn. Several other events are planned through 8 p.m., including a couple of musical performances to end the day.
One of Sunday’s highlights is the crosscut log sawing contest at 1 p.m. at the agricultural center.
The three-day event showcases some of the best aspects of northern Frederick County, Beaudoin said.
“It’s a wonderful place with wonderful people who have a long history of helping each other,” she said.
Judy Geyer shares that sentiment. She’s been commander of the American Legion Post 168 of Thurmont since June, but she has lived in the area for six years.
“What I’ve noticed since I’ve been here is it really feels like family,” Geyer said. “The community feeling, the way they get together, everybody knows everybody, and the history is wonderful as well. But it’s the family aspect I really enjoy.”