The county's fields are full of succulent corn ripe for the picking. Instead of steaming, Union Mills Homestead will be roasting those ears Saturday. To achieve that old-fashioned flavor, chefs will cook the corn, still in the husk, on iron stoves, until it's done to the peak of perfection. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., guests are invited to sample all they can eat of the roasted ears. Fried chicken and watermelon are also on the menu.
The Homestead and Silver Run/Union Mills Lions Club are sponsoring the annual festival. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children at 3311 Littlestown Pike, Westminster.
* While you are around town, you might want to stop in at Trinity Lutheran Church's 116th annual Dutch picnic and watch an old-fashioned jousting tournament, too.
Doors open at noon at 833 Deer Park Road, Westminster.
* Sunday, families might want to try some foot-stomping fun as the Deer Creek Fiddlers Convention comes to the Farm Museum in Westminster.
The Blue Grass and Old Timey show and competition begin at 11 a.m. The Cub Hill Cloggers will dance to the music at 3 and 7 p.m.
Refreshments will be on sale or visitors can bring a picnic and dine on the museum's grounds. Admission is $7, and gates remain open until 10 p.m.
* You still have time to follow Alice's adventures in Wonderland. The fantasy plays at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Western Maryland College's Theatre on the Hill. Admission is $13 for adults and $7 for children.
* Start your weekend with some adventure and relaxation at Piney Run Park Friday. At 4 p.m., ride Piney Run's pontoon across the lake to the secluded areas and join a scavenger hunt. Cost is $1 per person.
At 6 p.m., families are invited to bring picnic suppers aboard and dine leisurely as the pontoon plies the lake.
The boat departs from the dock at 30 Martz Road, Eldersburg.
* Carroll County Farmers Market is well into its 21st summer season. Shoppers will find fresh produce, baked goods, plants and handmade crafts from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
This week, Elaine Esworthy demonstrates quilting among the vendors' stalls on Smith Avenue, Westminster.
And it's fair time.
The Carroll County 4-H Fair opens with a pancake and sausage breakfast at 7 a.m. Sunday.
First day events include a flea market, dog show, an old-fashioned carriage exhibit, parade and the Farm Queen contest and that's just the beginning. The fair runs all week at the Agriculture Center, Smith Avenue, Westminster.