2009-05-14 / Entertainment

Hancock Barge Bash Entries Now Being Accepted


The Hancock Arts Council announced Monday that boating and canal enthusiasts should get ready to weigh anchor because the Hancock Barge Bash is back.

The eighth annual Barge Bash will launch on Saturday, June 27, 2009, on the rewatered portion of the C&O Canal in Hancock, Md. This year's Barge Bash is sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council, the Town of Hancock and the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

The event is centered at the Rail Trail parking lot and Canal Street. For this year's event, boats will be on display from 10 a.m. until noon, when barge entries will be placed in the C&O Canal. At 1 p.m., the nautical parade begins, followed by judging. Prizes are scheduled to be awarded at 2 p.m.

Dan Murphy, the skipper of many barges in previous years and the mayor of Hancock, said that this year's event will be highlighted by music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. by the Flashbacks, a popular Berkeley Springs rock band. Murphy said that the event will also feature numerous food vendors as well as displays about the C&O Canal, with information provided by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

According to Murphy, clubs, service organizations, school groups, churches, nonprofits, individuals and families are all invited to participate in celebrating Hancock's canal heritage by entering barges in the event and bringing the people or "horse" power to pull the barges through the canal parade.

Those interested in making and entering a barge can contact Dr. Daniel Murphy's office at 301-678-6635 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. An entry fee of $25 is charged for each barge entered. Anyone interested in sponsoring a barge constructed by a youth group or other group that may need help in paying the entry fee may also contact Murphy for additional information.

For more information or to reach the Hancock Arts Council, e-mail sinclairhamilton@ verizon.net or call 301- 678- 6635 Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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