The county abounds in fall festivals, craft and flea markets, a circus, dinners and dances and flower and fashion shows this weekend, so take your pick or try them all.
Saturday is the big day, starting 6 a.m. with a pancake and sausage breakfast that opens the 15th annual Smallwood Festival at the Reese Carnival Grounds on Route 140. The event is sponsored by the Deer Park Lions.
Check out the crafts, antiques and flea-market items that more than 300 vendors will offer for sale 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Continuous entertainment and lots of good food round out the day.
Rain date is Sept. 21.
Pleasant Valley celebrates fall with a flea market and craft and yard sale, sponsored by St. Matthew's United Church of Christ, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Pleasant Valley Fire Hall.
The festival includes baseball cards, white elephant table, rummage sale, fresh produce from local farmers, flowers and plants, book sale, toys, homemade baked goods, quilts, cake and pie walks, kids games, face-painting and hayrides.
Entertainment will be provided by Matt Blauvelt and Dan Herlocker's juggling act at 10a.m., the Valley Four singing group at 11 a.m. and the Alesia Band, 1-3 p.m.
Proceeds go to maintain the new St. Matthew's UCC. Admission and parking are free.
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 3330 Uniontown Road, Uniontown, will have its second annual flea market and craft fair in conjunction with the Carroll County Arts Guild Studio Tour, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Dealers will offer antiques, crafts and supplies, books, household items and more for sale. Food will be available, and there will be games and special entertainment during the day.
You also can take a chance on a quilt or a night's stay at a bed and breakfast inn.
Carroll Lutheran Village is having its 10th annualFall Festival 9
a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the health care center, 200 St. Luke Circle, Westminster.
Activities include a flea market,crafts, jewelry, plants, white elephant, children's games, a pie andice cream parlor and food concession stands.
The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Village Auxiliary and is free to the public.
While you're so close to Westminster, check out the bargains at the Parents, Teachers and Friends of St. John's School Flea Market 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the school, 43 Monroe St.
Hungry after all that shopping? Take a scenic drive up to Millers United Methodist Church forthe Crab Cake and Ham Supper starting 1 p.m.
Tickets are $7.50 for adults, $3.75 for children and $8.50 for carry-outs. The church is at Millers Station and Warehime roads.
End your Saturday with a Top 40 Dance 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Hampstead Fire Hall on Main Street, featuring music by "Lucifer."
Tickets are $8 per person, including setups; bring your own beer.
There's no need to wait till Saturday to start the weekend. The Carroll Garden Club is having a Flower Show noon-8 p.m. tomorrow and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday at the Westminster Riding Club, 366 N. Colonial Ave.
Admission is free.
Does your wardrobe need some help for the fall and winter? The Westminster Christian Women's Club will have a Fashion Show ofthe Season and lunch 11:30 a.m. Friday at Friendly Farms, Route 140,Westminster.
Georgiou of Owings Mills Mall will present natural-fiber clothing by George G., and soprano soloist Julia Hitchcock will offer special music.
A free preschool nursery will be provided. Cost is $5.50 per ticket and includes buffet, show and entertainment. All women are welcome.
Lift the kids' spirits from being back in school by taking them to the Roberts Brothers Three Ring Circus Under the Big Top 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday at the New Windsor Carnival Grounds.
The event is sponsored bythe New Windsor Lions Club, who will use the proceeds for their community service projects. Advance tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children; more on the day of the circus.
Finally, wind down your weekend at the Westminster Fire Department's Dinner-Dance 1-6 p.m. Sunday in the fire hall at 66 E. Main St.
Dinner is served 1-3 p.m., with dancing afterward to the sounds of the Dillon Pickett Band.
Tickets are $7 per person.
If jazz is more your style, try the Western Maryland College's Sundays of Note concert, featuring the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble at 2 p.m. Sunday on the Alumni Hall main stage.
Admission is $5 per person; free for students 18 and younger.
Information: 857-2265, Ext. 265.