For the Cumberland Times-News
LONACONING — In 1987, Lonaconing celebrated its 150th anniversary as a chartered town. A committee was formed to plan the celebration, which included writing a book titled “Home in the Hills,” historic window displays, parades, street times and a pageant depicting the town’s history as a coal mining boomtown.
An outgrowth of this event was the formation of a new organization, the George’s Creek Promotion Council, with a mission of promoting and supporting all efforts to showcase and benefit the Lonaconing area. One of its major projects has been Coney Days, which is being celebrated for the 27th time this year through July 6.
The highlight of Coney Days is Sunday in the Park on June 30 from 1 to 6 p.m. in the Iron Furnace Park on Main Street. The event features all-day live music, games for the young at heart, raffles, putt-putt golf, a moon bounce, dime pitch, food stands to tempt all taste buds, art in the park, grab bags, craft booths, face painting, kettle corn, local information displays and live flower sales.
On July 1 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., an ice cream social will be held at the First Presbyterian Church on Main Street. On July 2 from 4:30 to 6 p.m., a ham dinner will be held at the First Methodist Church on Church Street.
The annual community fireworks display will take place at the Westmar Middle School athletic field on July 3 at 10 p.m. This event also provides rides for children, refreshments and entertainment beginning at 5 p.m. The rain date is July 5.
For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ConeyDays or email firstname.lastname@example.org.