For better funnel cake than the famed snack at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium, the Long Reach Country Fair organizers suggest a visit Saturday to Cecil Hoffman's stand.
"I think they're the best, and I have sampled funnel cakes at every opportunity," said Kathryn Mann, the village's assistant administrator, said of the stand, run by the Hoffman family of Hancock in Western Maryland.
The 14th annual fair, at the Long Reach Village Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, also will feature many other food booths, fromsausages and hot dogs to shish kebab.
The fair also features about 60 crafters showing their homemade creations.
"All the crafts are handmade . . . from homemade lace to wooden toys and oil paintings,almost everything that someone could make," Mann said.
Organizerslike to keep the fair, billed as an old-fashioned country fair, fun,simple and family-oriented.
"Its a fair primarily run for the community," Mann said. "We don't do any fund raising; we just do it to get people out and have a good time."
The kids are treated to the "Moon Walk," and it is usually tough to get them out of it, Mann said.
"The Moon Walk is a gigantic air mattress and they just have a ball jumping around on it," she said. "It's like jumping on the furniture at home."
Howard County police also show up ready to be dunked intowater to help raise money for Bear Trax -- a summer camp and Christmas party for children.
"This is the second year we've done the fair to raise money for Bear Trax," said Sgt. Bo Haslup, youth services supervisor.
The program, now in its 13th year, survives solely on donations.
Haslup said the officers volunteer for the dunking booth on their days off.
"We have some personalities that fit pretty well with the booth," he said. "Mainly it's for the young kids, andsometimes they can't throw the ball hard enough so we just hit the thing and the officer goes in."
The main level of the village center is packed with children's games and a pony ride, and the lower level has entertainment and the food.
During the day county and bluegrass performers will entertain the fair-goers.
The fair runs rain or shine, but the organizers are hoping for a continuation on the luckthey've had with the weather in past years.
"We've been lucky. Inthe past 13 fairs it rained only one day and then after 4 p.m.," Mann said. "We have our fingers crossed."
1991 LONG REACH FAIR ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE
11 a.m. Weekend Hillbillies (country & bluegrass)
12 p.m. Jay Smar (bluegrass, country & clogging)
1 p.m. Prairie Rose (traditional country)
2 p.m. Jay Smar
3 p.m. Prairie Rose
4 p.m. Jay Smar
5 p.m. Weekend Hillbillies