Fallfest's Fun Starts Tomorrow

Westminster Event Offers Rides, Music

September 25, 1991|By Staff report

WESTMINSTER — It's going to be fun, fun, fun for the next four days as the city celebrates autumn with its Fallfest '91, starting off with the parade at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Grand marshals of the parade will be three female and three male veterans of the Persian Gulf war, representing all Carroll countians who served in the Middle East last winter, said Carol Donovan, event coordinator.

"We have the Boumi Temple, lots of horses, floats, high school bands, a bagpipe band, Akitas on Parade with their dressed-up dogs, clowns, jugglers and magicians in the parade," Donovan said. "Thursday and Friday are Ride Nights -- ride all you want for $6."

Two stagesfor live entertainment will be set up, and both are going to be pretty busy all four days.

Also starting Thursday is the Westminster Jaycees' Volley Fest to benefit the Carroll County Association for Retarded Citizens. The marathon will be on the tennis courts on the cityplayground and will go on all four days.

"The Jaycees have 27 teams who will take turns playing against each other," Donovan said. "The money they raise will go to CCARC's transportation fund."

Friday's fun begins at 6 p.m., when the rides open. A new event this year is bingo from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the basement of the Longwell Municipal Center, sponsored by the Westminster Fire Department, which gets to keep half the money raised from the game.

Betternot stay too late Friday if you want to catch the Hound and Hare HotAir Balloon Race between 7 and 8 a.m. Saturday at East Middle Schoolon Longwell Avenue, especially if you're riding in one.

"We're selling chances on Thursday and Friday for two people to ride in the hare balloon," Donovan said. "We have 12 balloons this year and the hare balloon takes off and lands somewhere and the other balloons try tocatch up to it.

"When they find the hare, they drop a sandbag down and the three who get the closest to the hare balloon win cash prizes."

The Fallfest Committee is putting up prize money of $500 for first place, $300 for second and $200 for third in the contest, she said.

Other Saturday activities begin at 10 a.m., including the Fallfest's largest crafts show ever, with 82 vendors; 27 commercial vendors; 40 non-profit organizations showing what they do for the community; and 35 food vendors offering everything from hot dogs, pizza and fries to a wide variety of ethnic foods.

Don't forget the ever-popular WTTR/Super Giant Lip Sync Contest at 2 p.m. on the Longwell Stage.

You don't have to be able to sing for this, just mouth it.

Also Saturday, there will be a petting zoo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library. Both weekend days, the kids can get a pony ride between noon and 4 p.m. on the playground by the tot lot. Then the whole family can wander over to City Hall and admire the Greater Baltimore and Gettysburg Antique Car clubs autos.

Like riding the rails? You can hop aboard at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday near the Railroad Avenue parking lot, courtesy of the EnterTRAINment Line.

But riders beware because "the Carroll County 4-H is going to rob the train on horseback for charity," Donovan said.

Oneof Sunday's highlights will be the Jamaican Steel Band from Baltimore, playing at 1 p.m. on the playground stage.

"They play these great big steel drums and they're really wonderful," Donovan said.

For those really into fall, you can take your own handmade souvenir home -- a scarecrow -- as part of the last day's activities.

As it does every year, the Fallfest Committee will divide the proceeds from the event among three local charities.

This year's beneficiaries are the Human Services Programs of Carroll County, the Foster Parents Association of Carroll County and Granite House, the last being a housing and rehabilitation group for adults with a history of mental illness.

Information: 848-6962 or 876-1313.

FALLFEST '91 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

THURSDAY

7 p.m. Parade through downtown Westminster

7:30 p.m. J S Nicholl Band on Playground stage

8 p.m. "Freewheeling"on Playground stage

FRIDAY

6 p.m. Heartlite Aerobics

7 p.m."Just Us" on Playground stage

7-11 p.m. Bingo in basement of Longwell Municipal Center

SATURDAY

7-8 a.m. Hot air balloon race liftoff at East Middle School

10 a.m. "Euphoria" on Playground stage

10:30 a.m. Aerobics on Longwell stage

11 a.m. William F. MyersBand performs near Locust Mall

11:30 a.m. Maryland Midland Train Ride, Railroad Ave. parking lot

12 p.m. Choe's Karate demonstration, Playground stage

12:30 p.m. Perna Gymnastics demonstration, Playground stage

Shoepy the Clown on Longwell stage

1 p.m. HanoverChildren's Ballet on Playground stage

Maryland Midland Train Ride, Railroad Ave. parking lot

1:30 p.m. Gingham Squares performs near Locust Mall

2 p.m. Ray Williams and Hi Society on Playground stage

WTTR/Giant Lip Sync Contest on Longwell stage

2:30 p.m. Maryland Midland Train Ride, Railroad Ave. parking lot

4 p.m. Puppetryshow on Longwell stage

Maryland Midland Train Ride, Railroad Ave.parking lot

5 p.m. Carroll County Cloggers on Playground stage

"Old Line Statesmen" on Longwell stage

7-11 p.m. Bingo in basement of Longwell Municipal Center

SUNDAY

11:30 a.m. Maryland Midland Train Ride, Railroad Ave. parking lot 12 p.m. "Chasmo" on Playground stage

Children's Choir of Priestland Church of God

12:30 p.m. Aerobics on Longwell stage

1 p.m. Jamaican Steel Band on Playground stage

Magic of Roger Lindsay on Longwell stage

Maryland Midland Train Ride, Railroad Ave. parking lot

1:30 p.m. Gingham Squares perform near Locust Mall

Whirligig on Longwell stage

2:30 p.m. Maryland Midland Train Ride, Railroad Ave. parking lot

3 p.m. Westminster Municipal Band plays near Locust Mall

3:30 p.m. TotallyTricks bicycle performance on Longwell stage

4 p.m. Magic of Roger Lindsay on Longwell stage

String Band America on Playground stage

Maryland Midland Train Ride, Railroad Ave. parking lot

4:30 p.m. Shoepy the Clown on Longwell Stage

5 p.m. Kent Goble on Longwell stage

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