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The Taneytown Terrier Trials return to Taneytown Memorial Park on Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14.

The events begin at 8:30 a.m. Erich Bender and Jenn Carr will co-chair the event. Bender, a Taneytown resident, invites the community to this event sanctioned by the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America.

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Admission is free. The event will be held rain or shine. The Taneytown Lions Club will provide breakfast and lunch items at reasonable prices.

Bender said, “This year we are going to be bigger and better. This trial is going to benefit Russell Rescue (www.russellrescue.com/) to help them with the care and foster of unwanted and abused Jack Russell Terriers.”

Last year, the event had 129 dogs participating ,with 45 being "outlaws" (non-Jack Russell Terriers). This year, Bender is expecting 225 to 300 dogs.

He said, “We should have around 75 to 100 ‘outlaws’ this year as I have been getting the word out and many remember last year. This time we will be giving out participation ribbons to [all entrants] so they can write the event and times on the back. That way they have something to brag about, and we all like to brag about our dogs.”

Both days will have a full schedule of events, including categories for racing, conformation, trailing and locating, GTG/SE, rat round up, agility, lure coursing, and outlaw/Terrier games.

Meet Oscar Delarussel, the unofficial Jack Russell Terrier of Taneytown. He is a bit of a celebrity around these parts.

Oscar belongs to Erich Bender,

“We added full sanctioned racing and agility to the events along with some fun doggy games like ‘Dig 'Em’ where they have to dig a toy up out of the ground and ‘Go Fish,’ where they have to retrieve a toy from the bottom of a plastic kiddie pool,” Bender said.

One of the entrants is a local celebrity of sorts. Oscar Delarussel, a Jack Russell Terrier and a Taneytown Ambassador since 2017, will be entered in the trials. Oscar, owned by Bender, has been very active earning Champion Super Earth Senior at the 2018 Yankee Terrier Trial and the 2019 Spring Fever Trial. He also took best time of the day at the Mason-Dixon Trial for Rat Hunt in April.

For more information on this event, contact Bender at 410-596-3273 or Carr at 860-336-7364. For more information on the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America, check their website at www.therealjackrussell.com/index.php.

Please note: Well-behaved dogs are allowed if accompanied by their owner. Retractable leashes are not allowed.

The Sober Truth Community Block Party

The second annual Community Block Party, sponsored by The Sober Truth, will be held Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Pavilion No. 3 at Taneytown Memorial Park. This is a free family-oriented event for all ages.

The menu includes hot dogs and hamburgers provided by volunteers from The Sober Truth, salad and breadsticks provided by Olive Garden, and homemade cookies. There will also be a bouncy house, horseshoes and cornhole games, door prizes, and a 50/50 raffle.

Joyce Mahoney, founder of The Sober Truth and coordinator of the event, said, “This is our second year [in Taneytown], and we are reaching out to the community to let them know we care about them.”

The Carroll County Health Department will be present to provide information on recovery. Please RSVP to 443-918-8592.

The Sober Truth is a nonprofit providing services to those suffering with addiction, utilizing a comprehensive approach to treatment. For more information, check out their website at www.sobertruthsubstanceabusetreatment.com/.

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Monocacy Valley VFW all-you-can-eat feed

Monocacy Valley VFW Memorial Post No. 6918 will host an all-you-can-eat crab, fried chicken and pit beef feed Saturday, July 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the VFW pavilion, at 5801 Conover Road in Harney.

Tickets are $40. This is a popular event that sells out, so get your tickets early. Tickets must be obtained before Sunday, July 1.

The menu will include steamed Chesapeake Bay crabs and crab soup prepared by Harris Seafood, deep fried chicken, pit beef, a variety of side dishes, and desserts. Draft beer, soda and bottled water are included.

For further information or arrangements to obtain tickets, please call the post at 410-756-6866 or Frank M. Rauschenberg at 410-756-5444.

I am always looking for West Carroll events. If you have upcoming events you’d like to see written about in my column, send me an email!

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