Annual Krumpe's Donut Drop features the hometown favorite
When High Rock decided to have its first Krumpe’s Donut Drop, they estimated between 750 and 1,000 people would attend.
Max Krumpe, the owner of the shop, texted Melissa Fountain, High Rock marketing producer, and asked if they thought 1,200 doughnuts would be OK.
However, there was no way they could have ever predicted that the inaugural Krumpe’s Donut Drop would attract 2,500 people.
Now in its sixth year, High Rock will again present the Middletown Valley Bank Krumpe’s Donut Drop from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, in Public Square in downtown Hagerstown.
“And now we bring 6,000 people to downtown Hagerstown,” she said.
One reason for the appeal is the early start and end time for the event.
“We designed it that way to be family friendly, community friendly,” she said. “And we wanted to give folks some options. You can come down before, have dinner or drinks at many of the
restaurants downtown. And with the event ending at 7, you’ll have plenty of time to continue your New Year’s Eve festivities whether it be at another local restaurant or take the kids home. You have that option.”
Fountain said the event starts at 5 p.m. with the opening of the Kid’s Zone with games, balloons, crafts and more. There are two inside locations for the Kid’s Zone at Bridge of Life and First Hose Fire Co., both on South Potomac Street between the square and Antietam Street.
At 5:30 p.m. Staff Infection will perform in the square.
At 6 p.m. the kids activities and more continue as well as demonstrations from local businesses, free AC&T coffee and hot chocolate. Otterbein United Methodist Church will offer free popcorn and Burkett’s Deli will provide free soup.
But the star of the show, Krumpe’s Do-Nuts, will be given out to the first 5,000 people. Max Krumpe and his family are at their South End shop making the thousands of doughnuts for the event.
“So that particular day, he’s in there making all day,” Fountain said. “He’s got the entire family in there making doughnuts.”
Then at 6:59 p.m. the Krumpe’s Do-Nut, which is suspended from the Clock Tower in the square, will be lowered into a large empty cup of AC&T coffee to ring in the new year.
At 7 p.m., fireworks will be shot off and Staff Infection will perform for the new year.
To help accommodate visitors, the City of Hagerstown is offering free parking at South Potomac parking deck, North Potomac parking deck, Central lot, Farmers Market lot as well as street parking where indicated.
Those who bring some winter wear to the downtown event will also have the chance to win a Leitersburg Cinemas Golden Ticket for free movies, free popcorn and soda for two for a year.
Mid-Atlantic Sprint location will collect warm clothing items to benefit Children In Need Washington County. You can also bring items to the Krumpe’s Donut Drop. For each item donated you’ll receive one chance to win the Golden Ticket. The winner will be drawn live on New Year’s Eve.
Fountain said she loves that Krumpe’s Donut Drop has “kind of become a family tradition.”
She said they poll the crowd to see where they come from and many people are those who have left the area and are returning for the holidays.
“And they make this their annual tradition,” she said.
That sense of community is why Fountain believes it continues to draw a crowd every year.
“We bring 6,000 for not only downtown for the event but also local restaurants and downtown shopping,” she said, noting it’s “a sense of community, just being downtown.”
Top photo: Fireworks fill the sky in Hagerstown’s Public Square at the 2017 Krumpe’s Donut Drop.
If you go ...
- 5 p.m. — Kid's Zone with games, crafts, coloring, balloons and other fun kid's activities, sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Sprint. Look for the big, yellow Sprint flags.
- 5:30 p.m. — Live performances begin by Staff Infection on the square.
- 6 p.m. — Family festivities: live music, kids activitiesand demonstrations from local businesses, free AC&T coffee and hot chocolate, popcorn, soup and Krumpe's Do-nuts to the first 5,000 people.
- 6:59 p.m. The dropping of the large Krumpe's Do-Nut
- 7 p.m. — Fireworks and live music from Staff Infection.