BOONSBORO — Maggie Loudenslager grabbed the white plastic fork off the cake plate in front of her dad and scraped the crumbs into her mouth.
At 15 months old, it was only Maggie’s second cake, but one to mark a historical milestone.
There were actually four full-size sheet cakes for Boonsboro’s 225th birthday, enough to feed at least 225 people, Assistant Mayor Cindy Kauffman said.
The Sunday bash at Shafer Park was part of a series of events planned this year to celebrate the town’s birthday.
Kauffman said the celebration was planned for the 225th day of the year. It began at 2:25 p.m.
Folks got cake, water and a small U.S. flag. The flags were courtesy of Boonsboro Pharmacy.
Dozens of people brought camping chairs to sit on either side of a stream in the park to listen to South Mountain Jam. Boonsboro High graduate Jeff Taulton is the band’s leader, Kauffman said.
Each vanilla cake, from Weis Markets, bore the message “Happy Birthday Boonsboro” and an edible anniversary logo.
Before the first cake was served, people gathered around a park pavilion to sing “Happy Birthday” while a few members of the Boonsboro High Warrior Band performed.
Maggie, sitting on a metal mesh picnic table enjoying her cake, was among generations of family members who have lived in town.
At the other end of the table was her great-aunt Lorraine Eccard, 74, a lifelong town resident.
Eccard said her great-grandfather, Daniel Webster Foltz, helped build the Washington Monument.
The stone monument on South Mountain was the first monument to President George Washington to be completed anywhere in the country. It has been rebuilt at least twice.
In 1992, Eccard participated in a re-enactment of the monument’s builders walking up the mountain to the site of the monument. Participants wrote their names on a paper that is in a time capsule in the park.
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