The Top Fives
Jefferson County Fair
The schedule includes: exhibit buildings open, 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, and Friday, Aug. 24; carnival area open, 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25; horse-pulling contest, 6:30 p.m. Thursday; open horse show — English and Hunter show, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday; pig scramble, 8:30 p.m. Friday; pet show, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25; Jefferson High Pop Singers, 5:30 p.m. Saturday; Washington High Singers, 6:30 p.m. Saturday; Back Creek Valley Boys, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Concerts Saturday, Aug. 25. Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 1707 Old Leetown Pike, Kearneysville, W.Va. $5; $3 for ages 6 to 15; free for ages 5 and younger. Go to www.jeffersoncountyfairwv.org.
Air-cooled Volkswagen automobile and custom, classic and vintage BMX bicycle show. VW tattoo contest, kids corner. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Hagerstown Fairgrounds Park, 351 N. Cleveland Ave., Hagerstown. $10 per vehicle including driver, free entry for all air-cooled commercial vehicles; $10 vintage motorcycle pre-1985; $3, bicycle; $2, spectators; free for ages 12 and younger; $15, swap space; $15, used car sales. Call 240-675-7976 or email email@example.com or go to www.simple-transport.com.
On Saturday, Aug. 25, Hagerstown hosts a tribute to the area’s German heritage and a fundraiser for scholarships for Hagerstown exchange student program with sister city Wesel. Food, beer, music, dance and songs. Performers will be Die Schlauberger and the Heidi und Heimat Echo Band and Alt Washingtonia Schuhplattler Verein. Piedmont Pacers will host a volksmarch at 8 a.m. Saturday. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. both days. Call 301-739-8577, ext. 116. For a schedule, go to www.augustoberfest.org.
War on the frontier
Highlights of this weekend’s French and Indian War Muster include 18th-century living history demonstrations and battle re-enactments. Fort flag raising ceremony, 10 a.m. both days; fort flag lowering ceremony, 4 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26; battle reenactments, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. both days; presentation people of the French and Indian war, 12:30 p.m. both days. An 18th-century British military engineering presentation, 1 p.m. followed by a ladies tea at 3 p.m. Saturday; period church service at 10:30 a.m. and military court martial at 1 p.m. Sunday. Period craftsmen will demonstration skills. Event 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Road, Big Pool. $3 per vehicle for Maryland residents; $5 per vehicle for non-residents. Call 301-842-2155.
Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band will open and close the Conococheague Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, Aug. 25. Also performing will be Lonesome Highway, Back Creek Valley Boys, Ernie Bradley and Grassy Ridge, and Circa Blue. Gates open at 8 a.m., music from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Greencastle American Legion Post 373 picnic grounds, 4775 Williamson Road, Greencastle, Pa. $20 per person. Call 717-597-9954 or go to www.legionpost373.org.
Top Five Free
On Sunday, Aug. 26, Pen Mar Park hosts Everybody’s Day, with entertainment by The Ray Birely Orchestra, Hub City Linidi-Hop Dancers, Potamac Indian Dancers. Jitterbug and waltz contests. Children’s events. Noon. Pen Mar Park, off Pen Mar High Rock Road, Cascade. Bring picnic lunch and lawn chairs. Free. Call 240-313-2807.
Municipal band finale
The Hagerstown Municipal Band will perform its finale to its 98th season, featuring the HMB big band ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at Peter Buys Band Shell, City Park, Virginia Avenue, Hagerstown. Call 301-739-8577, ext. 169, or go to www.hagerstownband.org.
Renfrew Jazz Festival
This year’s event will feature singer Rene Marie and her trio pianist Kevin Bales, bassist Elias Bailey and drummer Quentin Baxter. 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, on the lawn behind Renfrew Museum house, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. Rain site will be Waynesboro Area Middle School auditorium. Free. Call 717-762-0373 or go to www.renfrewinstitute.org.
Tri-State Technology Fair
Explore new innovations in IT services, business marketing, cell phones, cyber security, biotechnology, medical treatment, home automation, alternative energy, fiber optics, cable networking and more. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at Hagerstown Community College’s Elliott Center, off Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown. Register in advance for door prize eligibility or go to www.herald-mail.com, look for the Tech Fair tab in the Hot Topics bar near the top of the home page.
Potatoes planted in the spring will be harvested by horse-drawn plow at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. Prizes will be awarded to children, in age groups, for finding the largest and smallest potatoes. A homemade potato chip demonstration, and artisan bread baking at the outdoor bread oven, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Taste of the Garden with Master Gardeners, 1 to 3 p.m. at the German Four Square Garden. Washington County Rural Heritage Museum, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, south of Hagerstown. Call 240-420-1714 or 240-420-1713 on weekends or go to www.ruralheritagemuseum.org.