New Taneytown event attracts 2,500 chairman 'very pleased'

August 28, 1996

Celebrate Taneytown attracted about 2,500 visitors to the city festival Saturday, about half the hoped-for crowd for the new event, but enough to leave its chairman "very pleased."

Edward D. Leister said his hope for a crowd of 5,000 may have been optimistic.

"I do think everyone left having had a really great day," he said.

The festival focused on Civil War history. Re-enactment troops camped out and staged a skirmish, and a local expert spoke about Civil War-era weapons. A speech by James Getty, an Abraham Lincoln interpreter who spoke as Lincoln might have if he had visited Taneytown at the time of the battle of Gettysburg, drew a crowd of more than 550.

Other popular features included a children's area with games and face painting, and a performance by magician Roger Lindsay.


Union Bridge: Firefighters from Taneytown and New Windsor assisted Union Bridge at 5: 06 p.m. Monday for a tractor fire in the 4700 block of Middleburg Road. Units were out 18 minutes.

Pub Date: 8/28/96

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