Here come Fall Festivals to Mount Airy, Sykesville


October 02, 1992|By Kathy Sutphin | Kathy Sutphin,Contributing Writer

A Mount Airy antique shop once again has been transformed into Command Central for the town's eighth annual Fall Festival this weekend.

Ben Gue, co-owner of the craft and furniture store nestled in the heart of Mount Airy's downtown business district, is serving his second year as the event's chairman.

Mr. Gue's shop has been the base for committee meetings since June as organizers planned the two-day, rain-or-shine event, and his business phone has been ringing continuously since July with festival-related calls.

"We've been answering 'Fall Festival Headquarters,' " said Mr. Gue this week. "I've had 10 calls this morning and all 10 have been about the festival."

Hundreds of patrons are expected to gather where North and South Main Streets meet at the former Mount Airy railroad station for the event tomorrow and Sunday.

Across the county, Sykesville is celebrating its 19th annual Fall Fest tomorrow.

"This is probably going to be the biggest" of Mount Airy's festivals, said Mr. Gue, noting that 140 vendors have rented spaces at the event, which will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Main Street will be closed during the festival, and continuous shuttle buses will be provided free to festival patrons by the Greater Mount Airy Business Association. The buses will pick up and deliver riders at Watkins Park, Mount Airy Middle School and at stops along Rising Ridge Road off Route 144.

A lifelong Mount Airy resident, Mr. Gue remembers weekly community gatherings that took place years ago along the town's Main Street.

"Everybody would come to Mount Airy on Friday night," he said, offering one reason why he continues to work on the Fall Festival committee. "I like the people."

The purpose of the festival is to bring the community and businesses, friends and families together in Mount Airy for a fun-filled weekend, he said.

The challenge of planning the event has been to allow it to grow while keeping the feeling of community spirit.

Creating a 12-page Fall Festival program book also challenged this year's committee, said Mr. Gue. To save on production costs, the planning committee collated 2,000 books. "The people on the committee have been super this year," he said.

The free book includes advertisements, a map of the town with the location of vendors, a schedule of events and more.

The new "Kiddie's Korner" in the F&M Bank parking lot will feature activities for younger festival patrons including games, pony rides, spin art, magic shows and a clown, said Mr. Gue.

A dessert contest, which offers ribbons and cash prizes for home-baked pies, cakes and other taste-tempting treats, will premiere tomorrow at 11 a.m. Desserts remaining after judging will be sold to raise money for the Mount Airy Centennial in 1994, he added.

The traditional one-mile Mount Airy Elementary School PTA Fun Run, which begins and ends at the municipal parking lot, will kick off the event on Saturday morning. A variety of entertainment, contests and demonstrations have been scheduled throughout both days. An assortment of food booths sponsored by area businesses and service organizations also will be featured.

Mount Airy residents Ralph and Pauline Buckman, chosen as grand marshals for their many contributions to the community, will lead the event's grand finale, a gala parade down Main Street on Sunday. Members of the band Stray Country will be honorary grand marshals for their contributions of time and talent as entertainment at previous festivals.

Committee members Pat Kressig, Audrey Staph, Irene Brown, Irene Hubert and Ricky Lawson will meet twice after the festival to discuss the event and decide where to donate proceeds, said Mr. Gue.


Main Street in Sykesville will be the hub of a variety of activities from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow during that town's 19th annual Fall Fest.

The theme of the celebration, being sponsored for the second year by the Sykesville Business Association, is "Historic Sykesville, Close -- Yet a Century Away."

A pancake breakfast at Baldwin's Restaurant opens the event at 7 a.m. That's to be followed by the "5K Pancake Run" at 9 a.m. Race participants may register for the race beginning at 7 a.m., Mr. Welsh said.

Deejay music and performances by Feminine Gender in the morning and New Country Revival in the afternoon will provide entertainment throughout the day.

In conjunction with the historic theme, Fall Fest visitors are invited to enjoy a Civil War re-enactment at the Patapsco River. "The Unions and Confederates will literally cross the river and come up the embankment," Mr. Welsh said. Re-enactment participants with their wives and children will be dressed in clothing from the period. Other events of interest include an elaborate 22-foot-long, 8-foot-wide model railroad display by Greenberg Train and Dollhouse Show Exhibits; a two-man log-sawing contest; and a performance by teachers at the Carroll County Dance Studio.

"There will be over 60 craft and food vendors," he said , adding that games and face-painting would also be offered for the children.



9 a.m.: PTA Fun Run; Stray country band

10 a.m.: Pet contest; hay rides until 2 p.m.

11 a.m.: South Carroll High band; dessert contest judged

Noon: TKA Karate (Tang Soo Do)/Jujitsu

1:30 p.m.: TaDa Dance Studio

2:30 p.m.: Chili contest; Mi-me-O-Mime


Noon: Stray Country band

1 p.m.: Choe's Hajs Ki Do Karate, Inc.; hay rides until 3 p.m.

1:30 p.m. Denim and Lace Dancers

3 p.m. Large parade



7 to 10 a.m.: Pancake breakfast at Baldwin's Restaurant

9 a.m.: Official opening and 5K race

10 a.m.: Music by Yvonne Bishop

Noon: Music by Feminine Gender

1 p.m.: Music by New Country Revival

1:30 p.m.: Civil War battle re-enactment

2 p.m.: Log-sawing contest

2:30 p.m.: Music by New Country Revival

3:30 p.m.: Carroll County Dance Studio

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