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The presenters of this year’s National Pike Festival and Wagon Train will be Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the James Shaull Wagon Train Foundation. Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

To participate in the wagon train the fee is $10 per wagon/buggy and/or $10 per horseback rider. This registration fee is non-refundable and must be submitted with all the necessary registration and insurance information.

Liability insurance is necessary to participate. In the event a horse kicks a car or something similar might occur to cause property damage or injury as a result of your animal, the wagon train foundation must have some recourse. Usually an umbrella policy attached to the homeowners insurance policy will provide coverage or a farm policy to include the animals traveling on the roadways. Please have your insurance agent provide you with a copy of the binder to be included with the registration form.

Download the Information Packet* which includes the following important information:

  • Itineray
  • Meal Reservations
  • Registration payment form.
    • Deadline is MAY 1st. No registration forms will be accepted postmarked after that date – NO EXCEPTIONS!!

Reminders and Notifications:

PLEASE....remember that we are all ambassadors of good will for the county. Language and actions do play a significant part in how the wagon train, the county, the advertisers and sponsors are viewed. We all need to do our part in maintaining a good image so that the wagon train continues to be supported.

  • All registration forms, including Saturday night meal registration, insurance information and non-refundable fees must be sent together and postmarked NO LATER THAN MAY 1 for participation. Those with incomplete information and/or received after that date will be returned.
  • Bring equipment to clean up after your horses/mules at the Ag Implement Center near Four States Livestock, a manure spreader will be available.
  • No stallions…..please!
  • Bring a chair for Saturday night dinner.
  • Cover coolers and such while associated with the wagon train.
  • No items are to be thrown from the wagons or by horseback riders to the spectators.
  • Alcoholic beverages will be prohibited. Anyone consuming will not be welcome in future wagon trains.
  • Refrain from walking on lawns and private property.
  • Horseback riders are to stay in the rear of the wagon train, unless requested otherwise by the wagon master.
  • Please stay on the side of the road that the wagon train is traveling.
  • No cell phones, unless instructed by the wagon train committee.  Two way radios will be used for communication within the wagon train. 
  • Please adhere to proper attire, western attire would be appropriate.  No skimpy tops, tank tops, T-shirts with logos and no ball caps.  Western or straw hats preferred.
  • No double riders on horseback.

For the protection of your animals and others it is recommended that shots be current and that you carry your negative coggins test results in the event the wagon train is inspected.

.If anyone who plays an instrument i.e. spoons, washboard, washtub, guitar, banjo, fiddle, etc., you are encouraged to bring it along.

Anyone requesting information may contact Steven Divelbiss at 240-625-2179 or Chad Walker at 540-303-3083 or email: or the Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau 

Thank you for your continued cooperation and support and we look forward to another year sharing fun, history and providing education to those in seeing how our country was settled so many years ago.

Download the Information Packet* which includes important information, the itineray and registration payment form.
  *Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to download the packet. It can be downloaded here for free.
Step 1
Download the file and print.
Step 2 Please complete the entire form.
Step 3

Required: A Copy Of Your Insurance Liability Must Be Submitted With Completed Registration Form

Step 4

Photo of your wagon/buggy if you have not participated in the past.
(no air-filled tires permitted)

Step 5 Mail to:   James Shaull Wagon Train Foundation, Inc.
               13651 Clear Spring Road, Clear Spring MD 21722-1940

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.

For further information contact the Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 301-791-3246 or
Steven Divelbiss and Chad Walker Wagon Train Coordinators 
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