Westminster's annual Fallfest promises something for everyone Activities include parade, concert, golf, volleyball, steel band

September 23, 1992|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Staff Writer

WESTMINSTER -- The city's annual welcome-to-autumn party starts tomorrow as the 1992 Fallfest begins at 7 p.m. with a parade featuring Channel 13 television personalities Don Scott and Marty Bass as grand marshals.

From just east of Western Maryland College, the parade will march down Main Street to Longwell Avenue to the city playground.

Participants will include four county high school bands, six other bands, clowns, majorettes, floats, the Boumi cyclists and the Akitas on Parade.

Tomorrow's activities continue until 10 p.m. with ride night for $6, games and the band, "Free Wheeling" will perform in the city playground area.

Carol A. Donovan, Westminster recreation and activities supervisor, said this year's four-day event has several new attractions, along with all the other activities countians have come to expect.

"We have continuous entertainment from Thursday night through 6 p.m. Sunday," she said. "We have a golf tournament Friday at Western Maryland College, a baseball card show for kids only on Saturday, the U.S. Army Field Band and the Jamaican Steel Band."

Friday's golf tournament, sponsored by The Carroll County Sun, will open at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start and scramble format. Prizes will be given to the top teams in addition to the traditional trophies.

The tax-deductible fee of $40 includes greens fees, cart, cold refreshments on the course and a catered buffet at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds from the tournament, as well as money from other activities, will benefit the Rape Crisis Center, Carroll Hospice and the Youth Services Bureau.

Friday's downtown festivities will start at 6 p.m. and will feature "Just Us" in concert.

Saturday's baseball card show is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the city police compound by the Longwell center.

"This is a card show only the kids run," said Ms. Donovan. "They'll bring their cards and sell them, and only kids can have a table."

But Saturday will start much earlier, around 6:30 a.m. when the 10 to 12 hot-air balloons prepare for the annual race. Liftoff is at 7 p.m. from the East Middle School grounds on Longwell Avenue.

On Saturday and Sunday 80 craft vendors and more than 30 commercial vendors will sell their wares, including foods ranging from hot dogs, pop corn and candied apples to spaghetti, roasted almonds and fried dough.

Antique auto buffs also can admire the classics Saturday on the parking lot of City Hall.

Train lovers can ride the rails on the EnterTRAINment line at 11:30 a.m., 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, but beware of hold-ups from the 4-H Hoofbeat gang, who will collect donations for charity.

Perhaps the highlight of the festival for Ms. Donovan will be the U.S. Army Field Band concert at 3 p.m. Saturday on the Longwell stage.

Another treat will be the Jamaican Steel Band. It was scheduled to perform last year, but the performers got lost on their way to Westminster. Ms. Donovan promised the band will perform 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday on the playground stage.

And don't forget the WTTR/Super Giant Lip Sync contest at 2 p.m. Saturday, but you must register in advance and pay a $3 fee.

A volleyball tournament is planned to benefit the Carroll County Association for Retarded Citizens.

These are just some of the weekend's highlights. Fallfest offers something for everybody, so bring the kids, grandma and grandpa and anybody else you can round up for a fun time.

Information: 848-6962.



6 p.m.-10 p.m.: Family Ride Night for $6; scarecrow making; volleyfest volleyball tournament.

7 p.m.: Parade.

8-10 p.m.: "Free Wheeling."


7 p.m.-11 p.m.: Family ride night, $6; scarecrow making; "Just Us."


6:30 a.m.-8 a.m.: Hot air balloon race.

9 a.m.-noon: Cooney Tunes.

10 a.m.-11 p.m.: Rides.

10 a.m.-6 p.m.:Craft show and baseball card show; Gold Wings at City Hall.

10 a.m.-10 p.m.: Scarecrow making.

10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Petting Zoo.

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Mike Kushla juggler; Alesia Band.

11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.: Train rides on EnterTRAINment line.

12-4 p.m.: Pony rides; antique car show.

Noon-12:30 p.m.: Puppet Tree, Karate Choe's.

12:20 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Church of the Brethren Bell Choir.

12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.: Perna Gymnastics.

1 p.m.-2 p.m.: Hanover Children's Ballet.

1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.: Lip Sync contest; Gingham Squares.

2 p.m.-5 p.m.: "Silver Run."

3 p.m.-4 p.m.: U. S. Army Field Band.

4 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: Puppet Tree.

4:30 p.m.-5 p.m.: Lip Sync finals.

5 p.m.-6 p.m.: "Old Line Statesmen" and Carroll County Cloggers.

8 p.m.-11 p.m.: "Cry Monday."


11:30 a.m.-Noon: Little Church Choir; Renaissance Troupe.

Noon-1 p.m.: "Weazels" and "Dynamites."

Noon-6 p.m.: Antique cars; Gold Wings; scarecrow making.

Noon-4 p.m.: Pony rides.

1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.: Rides on EnterTRAINment Line.

1 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Roger Lindsay, magician.

1 p.m.-3 p.m.: Police department K-9 demonstration.

1 p.m.-4 p.m.: Jamaican Steel Band.

1:30 p.m.-2 p.m.: Cookie the Clown.

1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.: Gingham Squares.

2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: Full Gospel Boogie Band.

3 p.m. and 4 p.m.: Renaissance Troupe.

3:30 p.m.-4 p.m.: Cookie the Clown.

4 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: Roger Lindsay, magician.

4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.: "String Band America" and "Branded."

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