Community fair shows what's to do in Manchester Local groups ready to enlist volunteers

March 19, 1993|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

"Who says there's nothing to do in Manchester?"

That's the theme of the first Manchester Community Fair tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fire department activity building at York and Locust Streets. Admission is free.

Visitors will be able to take a close look at a fire engine, sample different varieties of honey, listen to a band, get a glimpse into Manchester's past or talk to representatives of about 25 community organizations, who will tell them what there is do -- and what needs to be done -- in the town.

David Warner, of the fair committee, said that many local groups are "desperate" for volunteers.

"We feel that this is as much a recruitment opportunity as it is a demonstration of what there is to do in town," he said.

The fair is sponsored by the Manchester Community Association.

A fire truck and ambulance to be displayed by the Manchester fire company may catch the eye of a few potential recruits. The fire department also will offer blood pressure testing and provide fire prevention information.

Garey Wilmsen, of the Carroll County Beekeepers' Association, will offer samples of honey. At 11 a.m., he will demonstrate how honey is extracted from the comb.

At noon, the Alesia Band will perform.

Councilwoman Charlotte Collett, a fair committee member, said the Manchester Historical Center will display antique clothes and other Manchester memorabilia. The center will also be giving away postcards and selling pennants and sun-catchers, Ms. Collett said.

The fire company auxiliary will provide light refreshments, said Maury Feinstein, a fair committee member.

NB Ms. Collett said that the Manchester Tree Commission will sell

T-shirts and sweat shirts and sponsor a contest to see who can name the most state trees.

She said the Northeast Tourist Bureau will publicize its 1993 tour schedule, which begins June 22 with a tour of local farms.

The bureau is offering free tours as prizes, Ms. Collett said.

Skip Auld, of the North Carroll Branch Library, said, "We look at it as an opportunity to talk to the people who may not regularly use the library."

He said many people don't know that people can check out videos at the library or choose from hundreds of books on tape.

Other groups scheduled to participate in the fair include political clubs, youth groups, service organizations and religious groups.

There is a door prize of a $50 gift certificate for Miller's Food Market.

Mr. Feinstein said the committee turned away groups that wanted to participate after the 25 available spaces were filled.

"They filled up really fast," he said. "There's a lot of enthusiasm. I was quite impressed."

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