Ellicott City Fair promises family fun

September 16, 1992|By Lan Nguyen | Lan Nguyen,Staff writer

More than 80 artists will display crocks, pottery, quilts and other crafts Saturday at the annual Ellicott City Country Fair. There will also be food galore, from pit beef to crab cakes to apple pie.

The 12th annual fair, near the historic district's fire station on Main Street, features entertainment, food and family fun for an admission price of $1 per person, organizers say.

"It's good family fun," said Joanne Moroney, special events coordinator for the county Department of Recreation and Parks, which is sponsoring the fair. "And it's a good place to get fall decorations for your door or your table."

The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Free shuttle bus service will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from the county government office complex.

Entertainment will include dancing by the Calico Cloggers, fiddling by the Falling Branch String Band, and sea chantey singing by pirate Jack Stanton. For the younger crowd, there'll be fun and antics by clown Tom Dougherty, a Frederick entertainer.

Other activities geared toward children include a pumpkin-painting workshop as well as face painting. Children will also get the chance to stuff fistfuls of hay into

pants and shirts to make their own life-size scarecrows, dressing and bounding them in clothes donated by Goodwill Industries and Christian Services of Howard County.

"The children enjoy playing in the hay as much as they do stuffing the clothes," said Barbara Lett, assistant special events coordinator. "Afterward, they line the scarecrows on the hill and it looks like they're having a party."

"The fun thing is driving around the county after the event and seeing all the scarecrows standing in the front yards, sitting on porch swings," said Ms. Moroney. Pumpkin painting costs $1.50 and scarecrow making costs $4.50, while supplies last.

The fair started more than a decade ago to raise money for the historic district. The county has since taken over the fair as a fund-raiser for the Recreation and Parks Department.

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