From best-dressed pets to delectable desserts, contests to be featured Saturday and Sunday at the eighth annual Mount Airy Fall Festival will offer a variety of ways to win prizes and enjoy the competitions.
The Best Baby Photo Contest, sponsored by the Mount Airy Area Jaycees, offers proud parents and other relatives the opportunity to enter their favorite photographs of youngsters ages 3 and under.
Patrons who gather in the downtown business district on Main Street for the Fall Festival will cast penny votes for the baby photo of their choice during both days of the rain or shine event.
A $50 savings bond will be awarded to the baby in the winning photo.
A $2 registration fee is required with each photo entry.
The deadline for entries is Friday. Proceeds from the voting and registration fees will benefit the Carroll County Association for Retarded Citizens. Mail entries to: Ruth Muller, 4244 Roop Road, Mount Airy, Md. 21771. For information, call 410-775-0004.
Mount Airy's Southern States Cooperative will again sponsor the Best Dressed Pet Contest, at 10 a.m. on Oct. 3.
All pets participating in the free event will receive a small prize.
Grand prizes will be awarded to pets judged best in the most beautiful, most original, ugliest, scariest and most-like-a-cartoon-character categories.
Owners must register their pets at Southern States Cooperative on Center Street in Mount Airy no later than 5 p.m. Friday.
All dogs and large animals must be on a leash.
For information, call 829-0110 or 795-6232.
An event new to the Fall Festival will be a Dessert Contest at 11 a.m. Saturday. Judges will award first-, second- and third-place prizes ($30, $20 and $10) and ribbons to top dessert chefs in categories for pies, cakes and "other" entries.
The deadline for registration is Friday.
To register, call Ben Gue at 829-2112.
Goodies entered in the contest will be sold in front of Mr. Gue's antique store on Main Street to benefit the Mount Airy Centennial Committee.
The fifth annual Chili Cook-off sponsored by Christi's Restaurant of Mount Airy will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
One gallon of homemade chili, accompanied by a complete recipe, is required of each entrant.
A portion of the chili will be reserved for judging and the balance will be sold by the bowl at the festival to benefit a local charity, said Christi's co-owner Bob Arnone.
Mount Airy's top chili for 1992 will be featured for one year on the menu at Christi's, and the winning chef will receive dinner for two at the restaurant.
Prizes also will be awarded for second and third places.
Chili cooks planning to enter the contest should pre-register by calling the restaurant at 829-1900 as soon as possible.
Entries, with recipes, should be taken to the Mount Airy Fall Festival in front of Dennison's Trackside Hobbies no later than 10 a.m. the day of the contest.
The Mount Airy Fall Festival Parade will take place Sunday at 3 p.m.
The parade route begins on North Main Street near Mount Airy Elementary School and ends at Calvary United Methodist Church.
From the U.S. Air Force Presidential Honor Guard to the Linganore High School Marching Band, a variety of groups will be in the parade.
If you should wise to join them by entering the parade, call Pat Kressig at 875-2615 by Thursday.
Trophies will be awarded to winners in the categories of best appearing floats, marching groups, musical group, non-musical group, antique car and motorized vehicle. Mayor's Award and Best Overall trophies also will be awarded.
A Children's Decorated Bike Contest will be held in conjunction with the Fall Festival Parade at 3 p.m. Sunday.
For information, call 829-2112.