Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack
regional publication has been an important resource for many
the past 216 years. It has the distinction of being the nation’s
second oldest almanac. It is also one of the most talked
about almanacs around the world providing some of the most
weather predictions available, as well as health, home and
gardening tips. There are even predictions of the gender of
Hagerstown Almanack and Sonic Drive-In Announce Woolly Bear Contest Winners!
(Emmie Neumann, Brenda Hollar, Lelyn Kegarise, Amber Kegarise, and their father, Brad Kegarise.)
It's official! The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack and Sonic Drive-In of Hagerstown, Maryland announce the winners of the 2013 Woolly Bear Contest!
Sonic Drive-In of Hagerstown, Maryland and The Gruber Almanack, LLC. partnered in mid-October to carry on the 30-year traditional contests that has delighted thousands throughout the region. During the contest, a total of 274 woolly bears were submitted for judging to "The Woolly Bear Headquarters" at Sonic Drive-In's location on Dual Highway in Hagerstown. It is reported that this number is significantly more than in past years and was a direct result of Sonic's enthusiastic and wide-spread promotion of the contest. Business/Sales Manager and Woolly Bear Judge, Jerry Spessard from The Almanack and Sonic franchise owner, John Louderback, Paul Klotz, and Kayla Blickenstaff, were proud to announce the contest winners at a ceremony held on November 18, 2013 at Sonic Drive-In.
In the first category, Biggest and Woolliest and earning the title of "Hairy Hager" for 2013, the winning entry was submitted by Amber and Lelyn Kegarise from Hagerstown. The 9-year old and her 7-year old sister, both students at Salem Avenue Elementary School will share the $100 cash prize. Runners-up in that category were 8-year old Elise James, from Sharpsburg, Maryland and Benjamin Farmer, 9 years of age from Hagerstown. Each will receive copies of their favorite almanac.
In the second category, the Cutest and Cuddliest and crowned "Alma" for 2013, there was a tie for the coveted title. The entries from both Emmie Neumann, 18, from Smithsburg, Maryland and Brenda Hollar were deemed so "identically cute and cuddly", they were each awarded the $100 cash prize and will share the title.
The original purpose of this annual contest was to gather enough of these furry little critters so that a complete and thorough analyze of their distinct markings could be made. Many considered the woolly bear to be a true weather prognosticator and according to lore, the front band (representing the first half of winter and black in color), if a bit darker and thicker than average, indicates that winter will start off colder and wetter than normal. The middle orange band (representing the middle part of winter), if rather longer than normal, indicates that there may be a mild second half of winter. The last band, black like the first band, if very narrow, indicates that the more severe weather may return for a very brief period. The Almanack notes these characteristics and often compares them with their own predictions for the coming winter.
John Gruber's Hagerstown Almanack Company is 39th Oldest Company in U.S!
The Gruber Almanack, LLC. (formerly The Gruber Almanack Company) publisher of the Hagers-Town Town and Country Almanack is proud to be recognized as the 39th oldest company in the United States. This distinction adds to the many achievements of printer John Gruber, one of Hagerstown, Maryland's 'favorite sons', who first published his famous almanac back in 1797 (making it the second oldest almanac in the United States). The Almanack has been published continuously for 218 years and is the ONLY almanac that is still published today by direct descendants of its founder. Along with partner and son-in-law, Daniel May, Gruber was the first to publish The Star-Spangled Banner in song form in his National Songster - 1814, Hagerstown, Maryland. A celebration commemorating Gruber's significant cultural and historical achievements is being planned by the City of Hagerstown and will be held in late 2014.
2014 Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack Now on Newsstands!
(Mercersburg, PA. September 3, 2013) – The Gruber Almanack, LLC announces the availability of the 2014 Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack. This popular regional favorite, famous for its 218-year of continuous publication and impressive track record when it comes to predicting the weather, will be available at grocery, pharmacy, hardware, book and other popular retail stores beginning Tuesday, September 3, 2013. For a complete list of retailers, visit our website (www.almanack.com) and click on Where to Buy Us.
This year, The Gruber Almanack, LLC announces the availability of its 218th edition in today’s popular eBook formats. Digital versions of The Almanack will be available at our website (www.almanack.com) after September 15th and on-line at leading digital media reseller sites (Apple iStore, amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, etc.). .
The Hagerstown Town & Country Almanack is an annual publication that has served generations in the Mid-Atlantic Region as a prime source for regional and national weather predictions, farm and gardening tips, contemporary household hints, and its own unique, timeless, and thoughtful insights on everyday living. It also is the home of the famous annual "Woolly Bear Caterpillar Contest”. It's been called "uniquely Hagerstown" but is well known throughout the world.
The Almanack has a long history. First published in 1797, it is the second oldest almanac in the United States and is THE OLDEST almanac still published by heirs of its founder, John Gruber. At 218 years old, it's one of the most talked about almanacs around the nation. News organizations such as USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, and NBC-TV have described the Hagerstown Almanack’s forecasts to be more accurate than most other weather almanacs – and even the National Weather Service!