WINFIELD -- Bicyclists participating in the fourth annual First National Bank Cycle Across Maryland (CAM) Tour will be the special guests at an old-fashioned country fair sponsored by the South Carroll Band Boosters.
Tomorrow some 1,100 riders are expected to pedal into the Winfield area, to spend the day and night at South Carroll High School before heading to Olney, Montgomery County, on Friday. The group will end their 300-plus-mile route in College Park, Prince George's County, on Saturday.
In an effort to raise money for their organization, the South Carroll Band Boosters volunteered to be hosts to the cyclists while they are in the area.
"We saw an opportunity for a large fund-raiser that kept us from going out into the community and selling things," said Dianna Hall, publicity chairman for the boosters. "The riders will be staying overnight at the school. We will host them for dinner and also for breakfast. The CAM tour will pay us a certain amount for each meal. Part of our profit will come from the meals, and the rest of the proceeds will come from the country fair."
The proceeds from the fair will be used to defray costs necessary to transport the band to its many competitions during the school year.
The fair will begin at noon and continue through 10 p.m. at the Winfield Fire Department Carnival Grounds on Liberty Road (Route 26) by South Carroll High School.
Food booths, carnival games and live music from local bands will keep fair-goers well fed and entertained.
"We have many different groups who are making a variety of carnival-type foods," said Carol Mentzell, food and activities coordinator. "The band will be selling popcorn, French fries, pizza and candy bars, as well as ice cream, nachos and beverages.
"Other organizations like the St. Joseph's Knights of Columbus will be doing pit beef, and the Taylorsville United Methodist Church will be selling hot dogs, barbecue and iced tea."
While many South Carroll band members will sell food and work other booths throughout the day, some will be the featured entertainment.
"The hard-rock band Snagglepuss, and a variety band, Soul Jammer, will be performing during the fair," Mrs. Mentzell said. "There are members from the South Carroll band who play in both of these groups."
In addition to the activities on the carnival grounds, from 7 to 10 p.m. a Las Vegas Night featuring bingo and a Big 6 Wheel will be held at the Winfield Fire Department.
The South Carroll Band Booster organization has been working since January to plan its event for the riders in the CAM tour. The fair is open to the public and admission is free. Information: 795-9344.