HAMPSTEAD — Food, fun and festivities will be the rule Saturday, as the Rotary Club sponsors the town's 18th annual Hampstead Day.
The event bursts into bloom along Main Street from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, with a smorgasbord of appetizing delights, hand-clapping entertainment, bygone-era antiques, handcraft-laden tables, and more.
Some 150 vendors, who pay $40 each for a space along Main Street,are expected to begin arriving as early as 6 a.m.
"It's a worthwhile type of event and still community-oriented," said Rusty Langsdale, the Rotary Club's president-elect and chairman of the event.
"Everyone has a good time, and the community benefits," Langsdale said. "Police, non-profit and all the other organizations involved have been very easy to work with."
Beginning at 6 a.m. at the fire hall, members of the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company and Ladies' Auxiliary will serve up stacks of pancakes, along with sausage, juice and coffee, under the direction of co-chairpersons Arlene Hare and Art Carroll. Chief Herb Raver said about 50 members assist with the breakfast and pit beef.
Rotarian Leo Kuhn, who coor
dinates entertainment, said the Carroll Promenaders will swing their partners at 10 a.m. in front of the fire hall. The Alesia Band strikes up at 2:30 p.m. at the War Memorial.
Visitors can try their skill or just watch as their favorite Rotary Club member gets dipped at the
Sonny Burdette of Union Bridge will offer excursions around town viamule-drawn wagon.
Sonny Fitez of Keymar will run a pony ride.
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rative coin also is available.
"We try to emphasize the community aspect," Langsdale said. "All food sales are allocated to 45 non-profit groups such as churches, scouts, civic organizations, clubs and charities to return the funds to the community."
The bill of fare will include hot dogs, pizza, french fries, subs, icecream and homemade cookies.
St. John's Methodist Church plans itsusual soup and sandwich lunch.
Serving on the Hampstead Day Committee are current Rotary Club president Herb Shaffer and members Jim Bosley, Steve Silberman and Jack Leonard.
Club members also run thelemonade stand and sell raffle tickets throughout the day and duringthe weeks before the event. About $1,000 will be awarded to lucky winners.
Shaffer said 90 percent of the
Rotary Club's money, muchof which benefits Carroll County's youth, is raised through Hampstead Day.
For the last five years, the Rotary has awarded two $1,500 scholarships to North Carroll High School graduates.
The 4-H program will receive $500 this year from the Rotary Club, through the Carroll County Extension Department. Another $500 will go to the Drug Awareness Resistance Education Program, DARE, started at North Carroll six years ago.
The club also sponsored the first "Just Say No" anti-drug and alcohol program at Hampstead Elementary. An $800 donation provided start-up money and T-shirts.
"The school needed it and came to us," said Bosley, a past president.
Parking and admission forHampstead Day are free.Information: 239-2554 or 374-9147.