Like most newlyweds, Ward said Betty and Buster would have a special ride from their nuptials and a honeymoon suite.
Only their ride would be a 100-year-old wagon, pulled by two mules, complete with a sign that reads, “just hitched,” to let everyone along the National Pike know they had just gotten married.
And their honeymoon suite would be a small tent in the shade of a tree, complete with flowers and a smidgen of well-deserved privacy.
National Pike Festival activities
Saturday, May 21
• Plumb Grove, Clear Spring — 6 to 9 a.m. breakfast available for purchase; harnessing and hitching, 6-9 a.m. Wagon train departs at 9 a.m. Parade at 9:30 a.m.
• Wilson Store and Bridge, U.S. 40, east of Clear Spring, above Conococheague Creek. — 10:30 a.m. wagon train stops. Crosses Wilson Stone Bridge, 11:15 a.m.
• Huyett’s Crossroads (Wacohu Grange), 100 yards west of U.S. 40 and Md. 63 intersection — Noon to 12:30 p.m., wagon train stops. Breakfast available for purchases 7:30-11 a.m. Chicken barbecue for sale to support scholarship program. Bake sale and flea market.
• Hagerstown City Park — 2 to 2:30 p.m., wagon train stop. Hager House open for tours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free pony rides 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Ravenwood Lutheran Village, Kenly Avenue, Hagerstown — Brief stop at 3:30 p.m.
• Funkstown Community Park — Wagon train overnight encampment beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 22
• Funkstown Community Park —
wagon train departs at 10 a.m.
• Boonsboro — Auction Square Market Place, Alternate U.S. 40, noon, wagon train stops for lunch. Departs, 12:45 p.m.
• Boonsboro’s Shafer Memorial Park — 1:30 p.m., wagon train arrives, final stop. Free pony rides, blacksmith demonstration, food for purchase.