Freedom Fun Days endure to bring food and activities for Labor Day

September 02, 1992|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Staff Writer

SYKESVILLE -- Labor Day weekend Carroll County means Freedom Fun Days.

Despite a late start in organizing activities and some losses in business sponsorship, the Freedom District Business Association has declared "on with the show" for Saturday and Sunday.

"The person who handled Freedom Fun Days last year got caught up in his business and didn't turn it over to someone else until May," said coordinator Terrie England. "And by then, everybody thought there wasn't going to be a Freedom Fun Days."

"A lot of our business sponsors bailed out because it's a recession year," said Daniel Green, the association's president and Freedom Fun Days chairman. "But we've decided to put it on anyway because Freedom Fun Days is a recognized community event."

The coordinators and remaining sponsors have managed to put together what should be an exciting two days, including several new events, at the Sykesville-Freedom Fire Department grounds at Route 32 and Freedom Avenue.

"This year, we're featuring the Miss Carroll County Scholarship Pageant, which is part of the Miss America program, at 6 p.m. Sunday," Mr. Green said. "They have a talent, evening and swimsuit competition, and we have 12 contestants."

A parade, also new, will officially start the 1992 event. Marchers will line up at Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church on Johnsville Road for the parade at 10 a.m. Saturday and travel Freedom Avenue to the fire grounds. Formal opening ceremonies are at 11 a.m.

For the adventurous, the Liberty Remax hot air balloon will offer tethered rides.

"When you go up you get a fantastic view of the grounds," Mr. Green said.

Music lovers should be able to get their fill of rock 'n' roll as Big Cam and the Lifters take to the stage both nights.

You can start the weekend early Saturday with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. at the fire hall. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for kids under 12.

Eldersburg Optical will sponsor its fifth annual 5K run in conjunction with the Westminster Road Runners Club at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, beginning at the fire grounds and offering prizes to the winners in six age categories.

"We try to make it a race with competition, but the kind of thing where people aren't embarrassed, like for the first-time runner," said Dr. Robert Dobrusin of Eldersburg Optical.

If you think your stomach can handle it, try Vince's Pizza's pizza-eating contest at 3 p.m. Sunday.

And history buffs should enjoy the Civil War re-enactment both afternoons.

Other activities will go on as usual from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. both days: the flea market, food concession stands, a variety of continuous stage entertainment and roving acts.

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