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West Carroll: Inaugural Sweet Corn Festival coming to Union Bridge; Family Day at Taneytown museum

A variety of items pertaining to daily life during World War II are displayed in the new exhibit "WWII impacts Hometown" at Taneytown History Museum. The museum opens for the season on April 7.
A variety of items pertaining to daily life during World War II are displayed in the new exhibit "WWII impacts Hometown" at Taneytown History Museum. The museum opens for the season on April 7. (Brian Krista / Carroll County Times)

To accompany its current exhibit, “World War II Impacts Hometown,” the Taneytown History Museum is hosting a World War II Family Day on Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Different aspects of hometown life during wartime are portrayed in the exhibit. Newspaper clippings from local papers like the Baltimore News-Post and the Baltimore Evening Sun bring the war to the home front in daily reports. The local theatre ran news reels along with the feature films. Several of those news reels are part of the exhibit.

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Although the outdoor event is scheduled until 2 p.m., the museum will remain open until 4 p.m. Saturday, for visitors to check out more World War II artifacts inside.

The museum is located at 340 E. Baltimore St. Museum staff can be reached for any questions at 443-918-8687.

Sweet Corn Festival coming to Union Bridge

The inaugural Sweet Corn Festival and corn-eating contest will be held Saturday, July 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Flood Zone parking lot, at 50 N. Main St.

Participants in the corn-eating contest need to register between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Registration closes at 11 a.m. The first contest starts at noon. Entry into the contest is free but participation is limited to the first 25 entries in each category, so sign up early!

Corn-eating categories are: ages 5-10, ages 11-17, and ages 18 and older. Each group will be timed. The two older groups must husk their own corn. Prizes for first, second, and third will be awarded in each category.

The idea of a Sweet Corn Festival is the brainchild of Lucy Staley, Union Bridge resident and owner of Lucy’s Little Red Wagon.

Staley said, “For me it was [about] trying to come up with a fun event to see [help] the town come to life. Union Bridge truly is a hidden gem.

Staley bounced the idea off business owners Jerry and Beth Stambaugh, who met it with much enthusiasm. She said, “Jerry and Beth are creating such a wonderful addition to our town, and I thought this would be a fun way to draw attention! Doesn't feel like summer without a good ear of sweet corn.”

The Stambaughs are lifelong residents of Carroll County. Jerry was raised in Union Bridge, spending many a day fishing and playing in Little Pipe Creek, and Beth grew up in New Windsor. Together, they own a construction business that operates out of Union Bridge.

Beth Stambaugh said, “The stories [about life in Carroll County] and details are countless and the motivation to revitalize Union Bridge between the two of us enormous. Lucy shares our motivation. Her enthusiasm makes her a delight to work with. She suggested some sort of corn festival or eating thing and now we are running with it!”

Putting together an event such as this for the first time isn’t easy. Stambaugh said, “The network of family and friends to help orchestrate this is huge!” She added that much of her extended family is helping with sponsorships, advertising, gathering prizes and cooking.

In addition to the corn-eating contest, there will be food available for purchase including hamburgers, hotdogs, corn, fresh produce and snowballs.

Impromptu cornhole games will be run and a DJ will entertain with music throughout the day. For the kids, there will be a corn pit to play in, plus face-painting. A local artisan will be on hand demonstrating how to paint antique furniture.

Sponsors of the event include Mad Eye Group LLC, ITS LLC, Magstone LLC, Stambaugh’s Inc., Maryland Mobile Veterinary Clinic, Magbolt LLC, Stambaugh’s Welding and Buttersburg Inn.

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The community is invited to come out and enjoy the day and cheer on the participants in the corn-eating contest. Bring your own chair or blanket so you can relax along Little Pipe Creek. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

“I love how small-town USA Union Bridge is. It's a great community to raise kids, and live peacefully in,” Staley said.

Beth Stambaugh said, “There is a history attached to that building that we renamed the Flood Zone and by creating events like the corn festival we hope people appreciate our hard work and hope it draws a lot of interest and enjoyment to the town.”

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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