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Cool off at the Downtown Summer Slide Festival

Cool off at the Downtown Summer Slide Festival

The Downtown Summer Slide Festival has added a new twist for its return on Saturday, Aug. 24.

A kiddie bounce house/water slide will now allow younger children to participate for free in the water slide festivities. In previous years, kids had to be five years old and at least four-foot tall to go on the main water slide. 

"A lot of children wanted to ride last year, but they didn't meet the requirements. Some kids cried so we decided this year to come up with some kind of slide so the little ones can have fun too," said Kim Tagg, events coordinator at Herald-Mail Media.  

The festival, which is being sponsored by What's NXT for the fifth consecutive year as well as Blaise Alexander Chevrolet of Greencastle and Maryland Vascular Specialists, runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The main water slide is situated on the top of West Baltimore Street, and extends onto South Prospect and South Walnut streets. It is assembled with four 87-foot sections, totaling more than 350 feet. 

The Hagerstown Fire Department uses a pumper at the top of the hill at South Prospect Street to flow the water down through the slide. Jeff Cunningham, facilities director at Herald-Mail Media, said that 26,000 gallons of water was used at last year's event according to a meter. Herald-Mail Media is charged for the water usage.    

The cost for a single slide is $5, unlimited slides $25 and unlimited slides for a family of 4, $40. 

In addition to the water activities, a rock wall and food vendors are part of the event. 

Also returning is The Dash N’ Splash Fun Run, presented by the City of Hagerstown Parks and Recreation Department and sponsored by Meritus Health and Younger Volvo. The run begins at 10 a.m., at the Antietam Street entrance to the Cultural Trail.

The Dash N’ Splash has a unique component, as participants can expect to get splashed with water along the way. 

There are different levels of participation with the Dash N’ Splash. A single ticket includes the fun run, one VIP slide, and a runner’s bag for $15. An unlimited Dash N’ Splash ticket includes fun run, unlimited slides, and a runner’s bag for $35. The unlimited Dash N’ Splash family four pack consists of the fun run, unlimited slides, and a runner’s bag for $60. 

Advance registration is encouraged and is available at, or register in the Herald-Mail Media parking lot before 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Parking for Dash N’ Splash participants is available at Herald-Mail Media.

Potomac Playmakers holding auditions for 'The Porch'

The Potomac Playmakers will hold auditions for Jack Neary’s comic drama “The Porch” on Aug. 26-27, at The Women’s Club, located at 31 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown. Auditions will start at 7 p.m., and will consist of cold readings from the script. The script calls for 3 women who can play in their 50's and older, and two men who can play in their 50’s or older.

“The Porch” is based on three friends, all women in their late 50's or early 60's, sitting on a front porch in an eastern Massachusetts neighborhood and comment — sometimes graphically — on anything and everything in their purview. Over the course of the play, their husbands are introduced into the action. Many topics are addressed, but under the camaraderie is a secret that won’t be revealed until the penultimate scene, which cements the bond established among these lifetime friends.

“The Porch” will be directed by Cathy James, and will run Nov. 15-17 and Nov. 22-24. 

For more information, visit, email or call (240) 382-7269. 

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