Family and Fun: What more can you ask for at the 47th Annual Community Show

On October 5, kids were skipping around dressed as Princes and Princesses with dripping ice cream cones in their hands, parents were cherishing this time with their little ones and socializing with friends. That day marked the end of the 47th annual Community Show.

Sponsored by Maryland Agriculture Fair Board, the Community Show is an anticipated event to show off agricultural produce, animals, and talents for members of the community. 

Family fun night marked the end of the Community Show. Pack with some old and new traditions, the night was filled with laughter and fun.

The main events during the final evening included; The Prince and Princess Party, Superhero Celebration, Arts and Crafts, Pedal Tractor Pull, Auctions, and The Mason Dixon Search Dogs Demonstration.

“I like the socialization aspect of this event, I like to meet people and hang out with my friends, while enjoying seeing the show entries,” Linganore custodian, Randy Wiles.

But what makes this one night of the community show so special?

The Cencula family, have long lasting roots in the Linganore community. Hope Cencula, has been coming to this event for eight years.

“This [community show] is so family oriented with the atmosphere and activities. So many of us parents, like myself have been coming here when we were in high school and now I take my daughter, Shea [Dairy Princess and FFA President] who is graduating Linganore this year.”

Hope’s husband, Joe, equally loves the community show. He said, we “love to help out at the show and watch the older kids show off their animals to all the younger kids. It’s an overall a great experience for everyone and I really enjoy it each year.”

“I love seeing all the things that someone is out community has made and put together for a show,” said Skylar Kubiack.

“This is my first time at the community show and I will definitely come back next year,” she said.

All of the entries filled the gymnasium from table to table. The many categories of show items includes canned food, jellies, preserves, pickles, cakes, candies, sewing, needlework, flowers, arts, crafts and hobbies, photography, farm products, and garden products.

When finished looking at the entries, families walked outside of the gym doors to enjoy a meal from one of the three local food trucks Cryn’ Johnnies, The Moose Pit, and Roadhouse Treats was parked in the parking lot. Families gathered to watch the Mason Dixon Search Dog Demonstration.

The demonstration used volunteers and instructed them to hide behind a hay bale. The K9 sniffs around and soon finds the volunteer. When the volunteer is found, the K9 runs to its handler and alerts them that they have found them.

Gaven Sovero, who graduated from Linganore in 2017, volunteered to be a part of the demonstration, “The dog found me pretty quickly. It’s crazy how animals can use their natural instincts to help solve a problem. The dog demonstration made me realize how grateful I am to have my dog back at home to keep me safe.”

As the community show packs up for the year, plans are already being made for the 48th annual community show.