25th-annual Country Fest and Auction scheduled Aug. 24

From The Garrett County Republican

McHENRY — The 25th-annual Country Fest and Auction is set for Aug. 24 at the Garrett County Fairgrounds in McHenry from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Billed as “an event for the whole family,” the festival is traditionally held the fourth Saturday in August.

Planning, setting up, running and cleaning up takes a large team of volunteers.

“Each church member from the age of 10 and up is assigned something to do,” said Lucy Maust, festival secretary. “We all just pitch in and do it.”

The fundraiser is sponsored by the Bittinger and Pillar of Life Mennonite churches in the Bittinger/Accident area. Maust stressed that 90 percent of all proceeds go toward Christian education for the church members’ children. The remaining 10 percent is donated to Christian Aid Ministries — a nonprofit Mennonite group headquartered in Berlin, Ohio — to minister to the “physical and spiritual needs of the world.”

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Upcoming events in Garrett County

Sep 17 – Sep 18 Savageman Triathlon
The world’s most savage triathlon! Bike, swim and run for a great cause: fighting skin cancer.

Deep Creek Lake and the pristine, rugged Allegheny Mountains of western Maryland, provide a venue of unmatched beauty and stunning scenery, and feature two courses that will certainly bring out the true “Savage” in all who come to conquer, from the competitive Ironman racer to the leisurely back-of-the-pack or novice participant. Whether swimming in the crystal clear Deep Creek Lake, riding the smooth, remote, and challenging roads of Garrett County, or running on Deep Creek State Park trails and the surrounding lakeside roads, the SavageMan Triathlon Festival races will challenge and awe participant. every part and an
Date: September 17, 2011
Website: http://www.savagemantri.org/
Location: Deep Creek Lake State Park, MD
Fees/Admission: Registration is sold out. Free for spectators

Sep 17 Event at Oakland Nursing and Rehab Center?Family Fun Day
Oakland Nursing and Rehab would like to invite you to their Annual Family Fun Day, Saturday, Sept. 17th, 11 am – 2 pm, where there is something for everyone to enjoy! The event will feature a classic car show, free food, enterainment including the Muddy Creek Mission singers and lots of games. We also will have our famous cake walk. Tours of the facility are available. So come join the fun Saturday, Sept. 17th at Oakland Nursing & Rehab’s Family Fun Day!
Date: September 17, 2011
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Oakland Nursing & Rehab
EMail: tlewis@mid-atlanticltc.com
Date/Time Details: Sept. 17th, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Fees/Admission: Free to the public

Sep 17 3rd Annual Garrett Mentors Barn Dance
BBQ Chicken Dinner with all the fixins’, music by Johnny Rock, Silent Auction and Raffle. Enjoy a fun evening in the barn at Ridgeview Valley and support the kids of Garrett County.
Date: September 17, 2011
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Website: http://www.ridgeviewvalley.com
Location: Ridgeview Valley – 912 Gravelly Run Road, McHenry, MD 21541
EMail: info@ridgeviewvalley.com
Date/Time Details: Saturday, September 17, 2011 5pm-9pm
Fees/Admission: Tickets $25 in advance & $30 at the door

Sep 21 66th Annual glidden Tour
Folks: take a look at the 268 vintage automobiles that will be in Oakland for the 66th Annual Glidden Tour. The 268 vintage automobiles will be parked all over the streets of Oakland, centering on the B&O Museum and The Transportation Museum.

Date: September 21, 2011
Website: http://www.mlptc.org
Location: Oakland
EMail: conoakland@aol.com
Date/Time Details: 9/21/2011

Sep 22 2011 Garrett County Volunteer Fair
Looking to volunteer? Want to get involved in the community? Head to the 2011 Garrett County Volunteer Fair to meet with representatives of local non-profit organizations to learn more about their mission and services to the community. Plus, you can sign-up on the spot for upcoming projects & activities. There’s no cost to attend.

Organizations that will be present at the Volunteer Fair include Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI), Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival – American Red Cross, Diakon Adult Day Services at Mountain Glade, the Dove Center, Garrett County Arts Council, Garrett County Habitat for Humanity, Garrett County Memorial Hospital, Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF), Garrett Mentors, Inc., Girl Scouts Black Diamond Council, HART for Animals, Hospice of Garrett County, Inc. and the Western Garrett County State Park Volunteers, Inc. An updated list of organizations can be found at www.garrettcollege.edu/volunteer.
Date: September 22, 2011
Website: http://www.garrettcollege.edu/volunteer
Location: Gymnasium of Garrett College
Contact: Judy Carbone, Volunteer Fair Planning Committee Chair, at 301.387.3046 or judy.carbone@garrettcollege.edu
Date/Time Details: 3 pm – 5 pm
Fees/Admission: Free to attend

Sep 23 – Sep 25 North American Open Rafting Championships

Date: September 23, 2011
Website: http://www.adventuresportscenter.com
Location: Adventure Sports Center International

Sep 23 – Sep 25 Strut Your Stuff
Demo-Derby Friday, Live Music Saturday and Sunday, Car Show, Flea Market, Mud Bog Saturday Night.
Date: September 23, 2011
Website: http://www.strutyourstuffpromotions.com
Location: Garrett County Fairgrounds

Sep 24 The Haunted Shack

Date: September 24, 2011
Website: http://www.wispresort.com
EMail: info@wispresort.com

Sep 24 1st Annual “Mountain Man Pig Out”
82 people have tried and only two have defeated The Mountain Man Food Challenge. Come on Garrett County, don’t let Chicago & Buffalo hold Garrett County bragging rights!! Food & fun for all! Archie’s will offer a BBQ buffet dinner (includes tea or fountain drink), for all non-participants at $15 per person.

Jonny Rock will provide music & a surprise guest will MC the festivities!

Registration forms can be downloaded from cindysfund.org, archiesbbq.com or pick up at any First United Bank Office or at Archie’s.
Date: September 24, 2011
Website: http://www.archiesbbq.com
Location: Archie’s Barbeque at 25259 Garrett Highway in McHenry.

Date/Time Details: September 24 from 4 pm – 8 pm, rain or shine
Fees/Admission: $15 per person.

Sep 24 – Sep 25 Train Show at Oakland B&O Railroad Station Museum
We are opening the Station for a Train Show. Come see an excellent running layout operated by the Baltimore Area N Trak (BANTRAK) Display layout in the baggage room of station.

The station will be open for the show the follwing hours:
Saturday, 24 September – 10:00 am to 5 PM
Sunday, 25 September – 10:00 am to 2 PM

Please join us!
Date: September 24, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Website: http://www.mlptc.org
Location: Oakland Train Station on Liberty Street
Contact: Bruce Tharp 443-691-6085
EMail: conoakland@aol.com
Date/Time Details: 9/24/2011 10:00am to 5:00pm and 9/25/2011 10:00am to 2:00pm
Fees/Admission: Free Admission

Sep 29 Meet Mystery Writer Lauren Carr
Join us for a visit with mystery writer Lauren Carr on Thursday, September 29, sponsored by the Friends of the Ruth Enlow Library. The author of the Joshua Thornton Mysteries and two recent books set at Deep Creek Lake—It’s Murder My Son and Old Loves Die Hard—Carr is a popular speaker who presented a program last year for the library.

Carr will visit Accident, Grantsville, and Oakland Libraries according to the following schedule on September 29:
•Noon – reading, Q&A, and book signing at the Grantsville Library. Attendees may bring a brown bag lunch.
•3 p.m. – reading, Q&A, and book signing at the Accident Library
•6 p.m. – a presentation about the importance of research in writing mysteries, reading, Q&A, and book signing at the Oakland Library

Carr lives with her husband, son, and two dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV, and often vacations at Deep Creek Lake. More information about the author and her work is available at http://laurencarr.webs.com.

This event is open to the public and light refreshments will be served at the Oakland presentation. Registration is not required but a courtesy call to the library is appreciated at 301-334-3996, ext. 117, or email bonnie@relib.net.

Date: September 29, 2011
Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Website: http://www.relib.net
Location: Grantsville Library
Contact: Bonnie Winters, 301-334-3996, ext. 117, or call the Grantsville Library
EMail: bonnie@relib.net
Date/Time Details: Thursday, Sept. 29, Noon – 2 p.m.
Fees/Admission: Free

Buying or selling real estate in Garrett County or Deep Creek Lake, Maryland? Call Jay Ferguson of Railey Realty for all of your real estate needs! I take great pride in referrals, and I assure you, I will take great care of your friends, family & colleagues!

877-563-5350 – toll free

Upcoming Events @ Deep Creek Lake

Sep 2 – Sep 5 41st Annual Rudy’s Labor Day Sale

Celebrate the official kickoff to the 2011 ski and board season at the 41st annual Rudy?s Labor Day Sale! The area?s largest ski & snowboard sale offering an extensive selection of wintersports equipment, apparel & accessories at discount warehouse prices.

Date: September 2, 2011

Website: http://www.rudysclothing.com

Location: Wisp Resort in the Main Lodge

Contact: 301-387-4640

EMail: info@rudysatwisp.com

Date/Time Details: Friday & Saturday 9am to 8pm

Sunday 9am to 6pm

Monday 9am to 4pm

Fees/Admission: None

Sep 2 – Sep 5 Wisp Outdoors Used Equipment Sale.

Date: September 2, 2011

Website: http://www.wispresort.com

EMail: info@wispresort.com

Sep 2 Little Yough Summer Music Festival

Concerts are free…..bring your lawn chair & enjoy the music. Food Vendors On Site 6:00pm – ?. Tonight – Remedy

Date: September 2, 2011

Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Location: MountainFresh Pavilion, Second & Alder Streets, Oakland

Contact: Lillian Steele (301) 616-9790

EMail: steelebeatrice@gmail.com

Date/Time Details: September 2, 2011 – 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Fees/Admission: Free

Sep 4 Dogsledding Presentation and Kennel Visit

Enjoy an educational and entertaining dogsledding presentation. Grill mushers; see equipment; hug Huskies; watch films. No reservations needed today.

Date: September 4, 2011

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Website: http://www.HuskyPowerDogsledding.com

Location: Husky Power Dogsledding at Mountain MD Kennels, LLC

Address: 2008 Bumble Bee Road, Accident, MD 21520 — Three Miles from Wisp – near the Airport in McHenry

Contact: 301-746-7200

Date/Time Details: 10 am – noon

Fees/Admission: $20

Sep 4 Family LEGO SuGO Event

Come design, create, and build a LEGO robot that will push your opponent off the SuGO ring. All ages are welcome. The G-FORCE FTC team also demonstrates their robot. http://sugo.gearsinc.org/.

Date: September 4, 2011

Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Website: http://sugo.gearsinc.org/

Location: GEARS Center in Accident

Sep 10 Art & Wine Festival

Benefiting the American Red Cross, the festival includes wine, regional artists, children’s area, silent auction, live music and lots more!

Date: September 10, 2011

Website: http://www.deepcreekwinefest.com

Location: Garrett County Fairgrounds

Sep 11 Dogsledding Presentation and Kennel Visit

Enjoy an educational and entertaining dogsledding presentation. Grill mushers; see equipment; hug gorgeous and friendly HUSKIES; watch an exciting film of them working/pulling (or see a real team run if it’s cold enough) and learn a lot! No reservations required this day. It is a two hour program starting at 10 am. Price: $20 each.

Note: We offer this same tour (but by reservation only and with a minimum price) almost every day. Please see our website for more info: “Tours” page.

Date: September 11, 2011

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Website: http://www.HuskyPowerDogsledding.com

Location: Husky Power Dogsledding at Mountain MD Kennels, LLC

Address: 2008 Bumble Bee Road, Accident, MD 21520 — Three Miles from Wisp – near the Airport in McHenry

Contact: 301-746-7200

Date/Time Details: 10 am – noon

Fees/Admission: $20

Buying or selling real estate in Garrett County or Deep Creek Lake, Maryland? Call Jay Ferguson of Railey Realty for all of your real estate needs! I take great pride in referrals, and I assure you, I will take great care of your friends, family & colleagues!

877-563-5350 – toll free