More than 5,000 people attended the 12th annual Ellicott City Country Fair on Saturday, under partly cloudy skies.
The big hit again was the scarecrow-making workshop, in which several hundred children and their families stuffed shirts and pants with hay.
"The scarecrows were a big success," said Joanne Moroney, special events coordinator for the county parks department, which sponsored the fair. "People carried their babies and pushed their scarecrows in strollers to bring them home."
Everything went well, though a problem developed with the portable toilets. The company that was supposed to provide them delivered hours late.
"It was just terrible, one of those terrible, awful things that happen, in which we had no control," said Ms. Moroney. "But everything else went beautiful, more than we dreamed it could be."
Arts and crafts were on display, and items ranging from crab cakes to Jonathan Ellicott apple pies were on sale.
The date for next year's already has been set -- Sept. 18, on the parking lot adjacent to the Ellicott City Fire Department on Main Street.