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30th Annual Potomac Day Celebrates Community Spirit

Call for former “Citizens of the Year” to return for this special celebration.

Various animals, including this llama, attend Potomac Day.

Various animals, including this llama, attend Potomac Day. Photo by Susan Belford.

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Performers take to the stage at last year’s Potomac Day.

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Marching bands are traditional participants in the annual Potomac Day Parade.

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Children take to the climbing wall.

— Potomac Day is the most anticipated event in Potomac Village in the fall. Residents look forward to the grand parade, pony rides, petting zoo, pizza, classic car show, business fair and children’s festival.

Citizens who have been honored in the Potomac Day Parade in past years are asked to come out again for the festivities. Potomac Day organizers hope that each Citizen of the Year — going all the way back to 1982 — will come forward and notify jennifer@potomacpizza.com.

The parade features local businesses, high school bands, dance teams, clowns, equestrians and the Potomac Chamber of Commerce Citizens of the Year. The streets are lined on both sides of River and Falls Roads as the parade meanders along. Children squeal and scurry as candy is hurled from the vehicles and babies laugh at the antics of the clowns. Once the parade breaks up, there is plenty to do in the Potomac Promenade parking lot. Children can climb the rock wall, venture onto small children’s rides and pet the ducks, miniature pony, sheep, goats and more. There’s food for everyone and lots of information about the latest “green” cars, political candidates, private schools, delivered lobsters — and more. This year, a new Performance Stage will feature the talent of local individuals and groups.

Gold, Platinum and Elite Corporate sponsorships are available. Two of the sponsorships include an ad which will run in the Potomac Almanac for two weeks prior to Potomac Day. Instead of t-shirts with names of advertisers, organizers are giving shopping tote bags. Tickets to the annual awards dinner at Normandie Farm are also included. To sign up for these sponsorships, the parade, children’s fair, and other activities, contact the chamber office 301-299-2170 or e-mail jennifer@potomacpizza.com. Forms for registering for the parade, the business fair or the children’s activities are on-line at www.potomacchamber.org.