Festivals and feasts abound this weekend for the whole family, so toss that apron aside, grab your pocketbook and go.
Start at the Union Mills Homestead's annual Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival, featuring a chicken dinner and all the roasted corn you can eat, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday.
Watch as the corn is roasted on iron stoves in the husks like they used to do in the good ol' days. Tours also are available for the home and grist mill and homemade breads, stoneground cornmeal, buckwheat and wholewheat from the mill are available for purchase.
Tickets for the dinner are $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 years and younger. The homestead is at 2330 Littlestown Pike, Westminster.
Trinity Lutheran Church is having its 115th annual Dutch Picnic with a fried chicken and ham supper, a jousting tournament and entertainment from 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday at 833 DeerPark Road, Westminster.
Entertainment will be provided by "Free Wheelin'," the Knights of Music, the Old Line Statesmen Barbershop Quartet and the Carroll County Cloggers.
Dinner is $7 for adults and
$3.50 for children, plus ice cream and sodas will be available.
If you can't wait till Saturday to get started, check out this week's 4-H/FFA Fair through Saturday at theAg Center, Smith Avenue.
Satisfy your sweet tooth at the Cake Auction at 7 p.m. today. Tomorrow features senior citizen exhibits all day; WPOC radio's "Laurie on the Road" 5-6:30 p.m.; and the band Free Wheeling at 8 p.m.
Friday's events include an English horse and pony show, tractor driving contest and the annual livestock sale. Musicwill be by Dillon Picket in the evening.
Union Bridge Fire Company is having a dance, featuring music by the Hubcaps, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday at the Firehall on Locust Street.
Tickets are $17.50 per person and include beer and set-ups.
Parents Without Partners will have a dance 8 p.m. to midnight Friday at Frock's on Bond Street, Westminster, featuring disc jockey Cavey.
Admission is $5 for PWP members and $7 for non-members, and includes soda, beer and wine coolers. Dressis casual.
Information: 875-0380 or 795-5706.
If you needjust to sit down and relax, Theatre on the Hill presents "The Wizardof Oz" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and again Aug. 9 and 10 at Western Maryland College, Alumni Hall, Westminster.
Tickets are $12.50 for adults,
$10.50 for senior citizens and $8.50 for children.
Like to shop? Stop in at the CarrollCounty Farmer's Market 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Ag Center, Smith Avenue, Westminster.
Home-grown and home-made fruits, vegetables and baked goods, along with flowers and arts and crafts items will be available.
Information: 875-2158 or 848-7748.
Or try the South Carroll Farmer's Market 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday on Liberty Road at West Hemlock Drive near the Eldersburg library.
You have your choice of fiddlers or crab feasts Sunday.
The Deer Creek Fiddlers Convention II comes to town 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center Street, Westminster.
Admission is $7 per person, free for children under 18 accompanied by an adult.
The Freedom District Optimist Club is having its annual crab feast 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Bill Jeffres Memorial Optimist Building, 2526 Arthur Ave., Sykesville.
Tickets are $20 ifpurchased by today or $24 after today.
More centrally located, the Westminster Knights of Columbus alsoare having a crab feast 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Westminster RidingClub, Colonial Avenue.
Tickets are $17.50 per person.