Good weather plus live entertainment equals festival fun

September 13, 1992|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer

Perfect weather and a variety of entertainment created difficult choices for Maryland festival-goers this weekend.

Elephants and clowns paraded up Main Street in Reisterstown yesterday, kicking off the Seventh Reister's Towne Festival where 30,000 were expected for the two-day affair which concludes tonight at 7.

Children dug for treasure on the beach as their parents dug in for the crab cakes and steamed shrimp at Sandy Point State Park where about 30,000 are expected to enjoy the 26th Maryland Seafood Festival, winding up its three-day run at 8:30 tonight.

And about 6,000 will have crowded Festival Hall downtown for the 20th annual Irish Festival, ending tonight at 8.

In Reisterstown, Grand Marshal Henry Lewis led the 1 1/2 -mile parade as wide-eyed toddlers gawked at the circus animals and bands. Others awaited the sounds of The Hubcaps, a favorite local rock-and-roll band. The 1970s group, America, was to be today's headliner at 4:30 p.m.

"This is all free, a family affair from its inception," said festival official Eric Ewerz.

At Sandy Point, Dave Linsay's drive from Richmond, Va., was as pleasant as the hot crab soup he was downing.

"I just read about it and decided to go for a drive," he said.

The trip was shorter for the Brinn family of Alexandria, Va., who were lunching on shrimp and hot dogs.

"The shrimp is too spicy," said Kathrin Brinn, 8.

"I don't like shrimp," volunteered her sister, Lucille, 3 1/2 .

"They're sort of hot dog guys," said their father, Russell. "We're all going treasure hunting on the beach when we finish."

Today's featured entertainers at the Seafood Festival included Yesterday, a Beatles nostalgia group, and Mama Jama, a Caribbean reggae band.

Irish dancers and balladeers were lined up for Festival Hall today, where the crowd promises to swell quickly when the Orioles baseball game ends at 4 p.m.

For vendors at all three festivals, the beautiful weekend weather provided a chance to make up for rainy-day losses.

Russell Sweeney motored to Baltimore from his home near Scranton, Pa., to peddle his "one-of-a-kind" shillelaghs, while Becky Freeze, owner of Thurmont's Cozy Restaurant in Frederick County, juggled five gallons of her special creamy recipe to Sandy Point for the crab soup tasting contest.

Choosing the best was nearly impossible, but it was great fun trying.

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