As world leaders gather at Camp David this weekend for the G-8 Summit, the town of Walkersville hopes to benefit from some of the attention.
In the shadow of the international event, the town will have its annual Walkersville Day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturday. Town officials hope the G-8 visitors in Thurmont will spend some time in Walkersville sampling the food and shopping at yard sales and flea markets.
“We’re not going to turn people away,” said Diane Fauble, administrative assistant for the town. “They’re welcome.”
Asked if the organizers considered changing the date of Walkersville Day because of the G-8, Fauble pointed out that for 20 years the event has been staged the third Saturday of May.
“We were here first,” she joked.
Meanwhile, Walkersville Day will include a host of activities.
Walkersville Southern Railroad will feature train rides at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will have a strawberry festival from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Yard sales will be staged at Walkersville United Methodist Church and Calvary Assembly of God throughout the day. The Walkersville Branch Library will have a book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the Walkersville Volunteer Fire Company will have an open house from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A map of the town showing the locations of events, food and restrooms will be posted on the door of the Walkersville Town Hall, 21 W. Frederick St. Parking is permitted on all town streets and in the town hall parking lot.