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Potomac Day Just Ahead

Annual celebration is Oct. 29.

Potomac Day 2005 is just over two weeks away.

The annual parade and outdoor community fair will be Saturday Oct. 29, with events beginning at 9 a.m.

The 2005 Grand Marshal is Cary Prokos, the owner of Normandie Farm Restaurant.

The Potomac Chamber of Commerce award winners are Citizen of the Year Richard Rosenthal, Businessperson of the Year Bob Moorman, and Student of the Year Alex Marston.

Rosenthal is president of the Parent-Teacher Association at Bells Mill Elementary School, a Montgomery County Swim League and Montgomery Soccer, Inc. coach and a religious educator at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church.

Moorman is manager of the Potomac Office of W.C. & A.N. Miller Real Estate and long-time resident of Potomac.

Marston is a senior at Thomas Wootton High School, where he is deeply involved in music and theater. His rock band, “Another Fine Mess” has traveled to Germany as part of Rockville’s sister city program and has performed to support the American Cancer Society and in a public service video about pedestrian safety.

POTOMAC 5K RACE

The Potomac Day 5K race is now in its 26th year. The race starts at 9 a.m. sharp in front of Bank of America building on River Road. Registration is $20 in advance or $25 the day of the race. Runners may register the day of the race starting at 8 a.m., by obtaining a form from the Potomac Chamber of Commerce, or on-line anytime at www.racepacket.com.

The race, which now attracts close to 150 runners every year, is gaining popularity.

“I see those jerseys all over town," race organizer Tristam Kruger said last year. "I’m active with the Washington Running Club and the DC Road Runners and I see them all over town.”

POTOMAC DAY IN THE VILLAGE

Oct. 29

* 9 a.m. — 5k Fun Run. Registration and start are at the Bank of America parking lot on River Road.

* 10 a.m.–3 p.m. — Business Fair, Potomac Promenade shopping center near Wachovia Bank. Business fair featuring local merchants and community organizations. Many giveaways.

* 10:30 a.m. — Parade featuring Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department, floats, antique cars, horses, fire engines, community organizations, plus local county and state officials, all led by the Grand Marshal. Potomac Day 2005 T-shirts to be thrown out during the parade for a lucky few. (Line up at 10 a.m. along River and Falls.)

* 11 a.m.-3 p.m. — Children’s Festival, which may include such festivities as: pony rides, moon bounce, ball crawl, super slides, balloons, pumpkin decorating, face painting, sand art, police vehicles, fire trucks (located in Potomac Promenade & Potomac Place shopping centers). All free!

* Children’s safety program including fingerprinting by Montgomery County Police Explorers, “McGruff the Safety Dog” and Halloween safety tips.

* Scarecrow making in Potomac Place Shopping Center.

Nov. 17

* Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet. Contact Jennifer Matheson for more information at 301-299-2170 or visit www.potomacchamber.org.

The award winners will be profiled in the Almanac next week.