POOLESVILLE — With Hurricane Florence making a maximum impact on the East Coast, but minimal impact on Montgomery County, Saturday proved to be a good day for the 2018 Poolesville Day Festival. Many residents of Poolesville got to check out the many booths, as well as the parade, which featured many politicians, school groups, athletic […]
POOLESVILLE — With Hurricane Florence making a maximum impact on the East Coast, but minimal impact on Montgomery County, Saturday proved to be a good day for the 2018 Poolesville Day Festival.
Many residents of Poolesville got to check out the many booths, as well as the parade, which featured many politicians, school groups, athletic teams, and dance groups that marched down Fisher Avenue.
Allison Jenkins was one of the Poolesville residents in attendance. “We’ve lived here for 15 years,” Jenkins said. “It’s been our 15th parade. We love it here.”
Steve Moore is another resident of Poolesville who watched the parade. “It doesn’t get any better than this,” Moore said. “I love the parade. I love seeing the people. The weather’s perfect. It’s a great day.”
Link Hoewing was selected as the grand marshal for the festival and parade. Hoewing has served for over 27 years in the Town of Poolesville’s government.
“We’ve done this since 1994,” Hoewing said. “I’ve been on the Poolesville Day committee for 10 years, and it’s gotten bigger every year, just getting more and more people from, not just the County and our area, but from other parts of the Washington area.”
Hoewing also had some family, including his wife and grandchildren, with him to celebrate. “The most fun thing, though, was I saw so many people,” Hoewing said, “and that’s what happens in a small town along the road that I knew. It’s almost like seeing friends and family together.”
Probably the most popular politician who marched in the parade was Governor Larry Hogan, who came with loads of supporters.
“I love coming to parades all across the state,” Hogan said. “But Poolesville’s really a special place. Everybody loves this parade. They come out, and it’s wonderful people, just meeting people from all walks of life, and some of the kids that are out here.”
The candidates for Montgomery County Executive – Robin Ficker, Nancy Floreen, and Marc Elrich – also attended the parade and festival.
“I live right down the road,” Ficker said. “I am the only candidate for County Executive who does not live in the Takoma Park trapezoid.”
Ficker has enjoyed campaigning at several County events prior to the Election in November.
“It’s wonderful because you get to meet so many nice people,” Ficker said. “I’ve never met anyone in Montgomery County that I didn’t like, so I’m meeting a lot of nice people, very knowledgeable people.”
Neal Simon, the independent candidate for U.S. Senate, also showed up in Poolesville.
“We’ve been all over the state,” Simon said. “One of the things I want to do is represent the entire state, which is part of why I’m running.”
Like Ficker, Simon has also enjoyed appearing with his supporters at events such as the Poolesville Day Festival and the Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade.
“I’m running trying to bring the country together,” Simon said. “As we travel around the state, we hear over and over again people are so tired of the partisanship, and the divisiveness, and the lack of results we get from our federal government.”
State Sen. Brian Feldman of District 15 also marched down Fisher Avenue with his supporters.
“It’s really one of the great parades in Montgomery County, and even the state of Maryland,” Feldman said. “I love it. I’m just happy that the rain held off and the hurricane’s further south, so we’re just able to have a great, great day here.”
Feldman has been a very well-known politician in Montgomery County for years, and is looking to be re-elected as State Senator.
“It’s great to see all these Feldman signs and T-shirts,” he said. “It gets me jazzed up, gets my adrenaline flowing.”
The Poolesville High School football team was also one of the school athletic groups representing the parade.
“We’re out here with our team showing the town that we care,” said Max Knight, one of the players. “It’s great seeing everybody out here, coming out to support us and what not.”
“We just won our game against Winters Mill last night,” said Desmond Brown, another player. “It’s good that everybody’s out here cheering for us.”
Some musical acts also took the Main Stage at the festival. Soul Island Rebels, a Baltimore-based band that covers artists like Grateful Dead, Dave Matthews Band, and Herbie Hancock, as well as The Reagan Years, a group that recreates the sounds of the 1980s, were among the performers.