FallFest fair-goers forced to run for cover Soggy conditions meant focus moved to action indoors CENTRAL -- Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

September 28, 1992|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

WESTMINSTER -- Faintly resembling a one-day circus that got rained out, the city's FallFest came down early yesterday as organizers canceled most of the event at noon.

Activities on the playground and at the flea market in the Longwell parking lot were canceled, but the EnterTRAINment line continued to offer rides on the rails and participants in the Westminster Jaycees Volleyfest played on.

As the downpour slowed to an overcast, gray drizzle, booth owners disassembled their tents and packed up their belongings to head for home.

Three leaders and one small Cub Scout packed up Troop 393's wooden ring-toss board, each marveling that the equipment had stayed dry in the rain.

"Friday was a monsoon, and when I came earlier at noon today, it was a monsoon," said Don Myers, the troop's FallFest committee chairman. "A few of the other stands couldn't hold up to the storm.

"But, then, Cub Scouts are supposed to know how to do such things."

Despite the gloomy weather most of the weekend, Saturday was clear enough to raise some money for the Cubs.

"[Saturday] was great," Mr. Myers said. "I think we got a good bit of money to put to our cause."

Nan Nelson of Rational Recovery, a substance-abuse recovery program, was not so lucky, however.

Her booth selling raffle tickets and handing out information about her organization garnered just enough to cover expenses, she said.

"We did better with the Reisterstown festival [two weeks ago]," Ms. Nelson said. "Of course, we've had such good weather for three weekends in a row, I was wondering if we could hold out for another weekend."

Chatting with people about her program was a bit more successful, she said.

"Someone from the JTPA [Job Training Partnership Act group] wants to have us talk to the people there, and I talked to a couple of other interested people," she said.

One determined family planned to stick it out until the end. Selling hamburgers, ham-and-egg sandwiches and other grilled products, Linda Fields' clan hung around to catch the few wandering customers who hadn't heard about the last-minute cancellation.

"We're going to stay open a little while longer," she said. "I think we survived [the weather]."

Of all the activities, the Jaycees' second annual Volleyfest appeared to fare the best.

Normally played outside, the volleyball tournament to benefit the Carroll County Association for Retarded Citizens quickly found shelter Friday night with the help of the city and Donald Reck, principal of Westminster's East Middle School.

Recreational matches Friday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. were played in the middle-school gym, while the city was host for the remaining games from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. yesterday in the Armory.

The winner of the recreational category will be the organization that has raised the most money for the ARC. The power volleyball category, a round-robin tournament on Saturday, was won by Leisure Racquetball.

"Just like everyone else, we were affected by the rain," said Westminster Jaycees president Bill Bergin. "We had to scramble to find a place, and both the Westminster Recreation and the principal of East Middle were great."

Both facilities were offered to the club without charge.

Mr. Bergin said the club expects to donate about $2,000 to the ARC. About $1,400 had been collected as of yesterday, but donations continue to trickle in.

"If we were able to hand $10 to the charity, we'd be happy," he said. "We think $2,000 is pretty good."

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