We’re coming off a weekend that brought vendors and visitors (and some rain, of course) to Cumberland for the George Washington Whiskey Rebellion Fest and Heritage Days, and the good times will continue to roll for local residents and out-of-towners this Friday and Saturday at the Allegany County Fairgrounds.
The Friends Aware Ox Roast will be held there June 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. and the Thomas Cumberland Tri-State Wing-Off is set for June 15 from noon to 11 p.m. As the names imply, both events center on delicious food. Each features live music.
Sponsored by the Community Trust Foundation, the Whiskey Rebellion Fest combines U.S. history of the region and an appreciation of fine liquors, offering those attending an opportunity to sample distillers’ products in the opulent interior of Allegany Museum. Heritage Days remains a mainstay of Queen City tourism, with Washington Street and part of the downtown mall transformed each June to accommodate a collective of artisans, reenactors, entertainers and purveyors of outdoor festival cuisine. Attendance has become a tradition for many people, young and old alike.
Looking ahead to this weekend, an online search will provide readers with details of both the Ox Roast, the proceeds from which benefit Friends Aware in Cumberland, and the Wing-Off, which generates revenue for the Western Maryland Jaycees, money which that group shares with others.
Friends Aware Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting people with developmental disabilities.
The Western Maryland Jaycees is a volunteer organization consisting of men and women 21 to 40 years old. They gain leadership experience and improve their professional skills through community projects, individual training, and local and international connections.
A nonprofit organization will be chosen as the primary beneficiary of this year’s Wing-Off. The local Jaycees chapter also gives back to other local nonprofits the day of the event in exchange for their help as volunteers.
Since activities of such magnitude must be planned months in advance, they will be held regardless of weather conditions. We are hoping for sunny days, however, and high attendance, since each group does much good in our community.