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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Spruce Forest Artisan Village Family Day June 15

3:22 p.m. EDT, June 5, 2013

Visit the Spruce Forest Artisan Village at Penn Alps in Grantsville, Md., for Family Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 15. This free event will feature interactive and hands-on activities for children and families.

Spruce Forest Artisan Village and area partnering organizations will create opportunities to experience life in the 1800s. Take a class in a log one-room schoolhouse presented by Allegany County Historical Society. Listen to stories in the Miller House Museum related by members of the Miller family, and tour the Swiss-style Yoder House.

Learn about herbs and cooking by making a bouquet garnis with the Somerset Historical Society. Children will love the take-home craft hosted by the Springs Historical Society and the plants they get to pot in containers made from recycled materials sponsored by Garrett County‘s Master Gardeners.