The Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show will be held at Catoctin High School in Thurmont on September 6, 7, and 8, 2013. 

The time for entering exhibits is as follows:  Thursday, September 5—6:00-9:00 p.m.; Friday, September 6—8:30-11:30 a.m.  Please note the beginning time change on entering of exhibits on Friday. You may also visit the Community Show’s website at www.thurmontemmitsburg to view the premium list for 2013 and the community show booklet.  The booklet will be available in local grocery stores, banks, restaurants sometime in late July. 

Judging will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Friday and is closed to the public.  Commercial exhibits may be entered on Friday, September 6, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  The show will open to the public at 6:00 p.m.  There is no admission charge to the event; however, a silver offering will be collected.

Over 3,000 farm and garden, household, quilt, livestock, machinery, and commercial displays can be seen during the three-day event. 

On Friday night beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium, a bagpipe processional by Bill, Alexander, and Andrew Douwes will be performed at the beginning of the 37th annual Community and Civic Flag Ceremony.  This year, the show committee will honor the 50th anniversary of the Catoctin Colorfest, and also honor past Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show Ambassadors from 1995-2009 with sashes.  Also held on Friday night, the 2013-2014 Catoctin FFA Chapter Ambassador will be announced.  Immediately following the program (at approximately 8:15 p.m.), an auction of all baked goods exhibited at the show will be held in the auditorium.  All grand champion and reserve champion baked goods will be sold at 9:00 p.m. 

On Saturday, September 7, 2013, 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 area, and a Pet Show at 10:30 a.m. in front of the school.  Entries can be entered on the terrace in front of the school.  The Pet Show is also open to area residents. Categories are: Cat with Prettiest Eyes; Cat with Longest Whiskers; Cutest Cat; Best-Trained Pet; Dog with Wiggliest Tail; Prettiest Dog (25 pounds and under); Prettiest Dog (26 pounds and over); Best Costumed Pet; Pet with Most Spots; Largest Pet (by height); Most Unusual Pet; Smallest Pet. 

The petting zoo and pony rides will also be held on Saturday and Sunday.  There will also be an exhibit of Alpacas by Lynn Cherish; the 2,500 lb. steer, Abel, exhibited by the Biser Family; Emu’s by the Royer family; a sow and litter of pigs by Phil Wivell; and pony rides by Niki Eyler. 

The Thurmont Library will again have books for sale in the old gymnasium.  Persons wishing to donate books for the library sale can drop them off at the school while entering exhibits at the show on Thursday night or on Friday morning.  In the old gymnasium, John Kinnaird will have old pictures of Thurmont, and Helen Mackley will have her display of old buttons and emblems.  The Community Show will also have on display old photographs and displays of past years in the old gymnasium.

The Thurmont Grange will again serve their turkey, country ham, and regular ham dinner in the school cafeteria, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Saturday night.  New this year is the addition of country ham to the menu. Prices are:  Adults—$13.00; Children under age 12—$7.00; Carry-outs—$14.00.

A martial arts program, under the direction of Lynn Folk, will be performed in the old gymnasium at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

The 38th annual Catoctin FFA Alumni Goat, Beef, Sheep & Swine sale will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Ag Center area on Saturday night. Entertainment featuring youth from the musical Honk! Jr. performed by the Thurmont Thespians will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium.  There is no admission charge.

Activities begin on Sunday, September 8, 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, and $50.00 in prize money will be awarded.  Categories are: Dairy, Beef, Sheep, Swine, Poultry, Rabbits, and Goats.

At 12:00 p.m., the Catoctin FFA Alumni Chicken Bar-B-Que will be held in the cafeteria. Prices are: Adults—$9.50; Children under age 12—$9.00; Carry-outs—$10.00.

The 34th annual Robert Kaas Horse School Pitching Contest will begin at 1:00 p.m. The Log Sawing Contest will also begin at 1:00 p.m. under the show tent in the Ag Center area.

The Barnyard Olympics for children will again be held on Sunday afternoon, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Age Groups are: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, and 11-13.  The event will be expanded because of increased participation by the children, and premiums will be awarded. 

Also on Sunday afternoon, a martial arts demonstration by the Thurmont Academy of Self Defense will be performed in the old gymnasium, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Catoctin Aires will perform on stage in the school auditorium at 1:30 p.m.

Exhibits must be removed on Sunday, September 8, 2013, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE of removal of entries.

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

Residents of the Catoctin feeder area are urged to enter and be a part of the Community Show, the largest in the State of Maryland. Some minor additions and deletions may be made in some of the departments. Departments include:  Fresh Fruits, Fresh Vegetables, Home Products Display, Canned Fruits, Canned Vegetables, Jellies & Preserves, Pickles, Meats, Baked Products, Sewing & Needlework, Flowers and Plants, Arts, Paintings & Drawings, Crafts, Photography, Corn, Small Grains and Seeds, Eggs, Nuts, Poultry & Livestock, Dairy, Goats, Hay, Junior Department, and Youth Department. 

Come and see the many animals and items on exhibit by the residents of the Catoctin High School area.  There is no admission charge and parking is free.

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