WESTMINSTER — The Carroll County Farm Museum will serve up food, live music and some fancy footwork 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at a hoedown fund-raiser celebrating its 25th anniversary.
This Farm Museum event will raise money for restoration projects.
"The old smokehouse is in need of repair so that it can be openedas an exhibit," said Administrator Jenny DeArmey. "Basic painting needs to be done, and there is brickwork which needs to be replaced.
"We also have some empty rooms that we would like to prepare for certain exhibits pertaining to agriculture and farming in the late 1800s."
The Farm Museum, which receives county money through the Department of Recreation and Parks, is hoping to raise $3,000 to $5,000 from the event.
So far, more than 100 people have made reservations, but the Farm Museum is hoping to increase that number to between 300 and 400 guests.
"With budget constraints taking their toll, we wanted to make sure that we keep the Farm Museum a great show place for the many people who come to visit us annually," said Administrative Assistant Dottie Freeman. "For these special projects, we felt it was necessary to have a fund-raiser."
For the last 25 years, the historic museum has welcomed as many as 80,000 to 90,000 visitors annually.
By maintaining authenticity throughout the buildings and on the grounds and offering a firsthand look at life in the 1800s, the Farm Museum has remained one of Carroll County's most popular showplaces.
"During our events, we show our visitors what is was like in the 1800s," DeArmey said. "Through volunteer artisans, such time-honored skills as tinsmithing, blacksmithing, weaving, broom-making and quilting are demonstrated at events throughout the year."
A buffet-styledinner featuring roasted chicken, pork-on-a-spit, pit beef, soup andsalads will kick off the country affair.
Apple and pumpkin pies will be served at 9 p.m., while cider, soda, coffee and tea will be available throughout the evening.
Following dinner, The Dixie Ramblers, a country music band from California, St. Mary's County, will getguests in the down-home spirit.
Experienced dancers will be invited to stomp their feet in the upper barn, where the floor has been cleared and bales of hay stacked for those who might want to "sit one out."
The Denim and Lace Dancers will be on hand at the stage and pavilion area to provide dancing instructions to those beginners who feel the need to work on those old-time country steps.
"We are going to try to keep the atmosphere like that of a country barnyard," Freeman said. "All lighting will be provided by luminarias; candles in the jars and the decorations will exhibit a fall/Halloween appearance.
"We also are asking guests to wear warm clothing and dress for the occasion. Wear overalls, hats, boots, checkered shirts and denims; anything that looks country."
Reservations are required for attendance at the hoedown. No tickets will be on sale that night.
The cost per person is $30; a table of eight is $240.
Information/reservations: 848-7775 or 848-2667.