Rides, animals and more: Fair is near WEST COUNTY -- Clarksville * Highland * Glenelg * Lisbon

NEIGHBORS

August 05, 1993|By SALLY BUCKLER

Fair time is just around the corner, and many active folks are wrapping up their preparations. The 48th annual Howard County Fair offers family fun, entertainment and a chance to participate.

The rides and games are open Saturday, Aug. 14, as the rest of the fair exhibits swing into operation. The following day's schedule is packed with activities from a milking contest to a pie-eating contest and a parade. The whole week is filled with livestock judging, 4-H activities and more entertainment. This year's fair will be brimming with attractive things to do and see.

Members of 4-H clubs will exhibit animals they've been preparing for months. We enjoy watching the judging of the beef, dairy cattle, goats, sheep and swine. Exhibitors are at their best as they show the results of their efforts. A trip through the poultry and rabbit building is often loud, but seeing the animals is worth the ruckus. We are always amazed at the variety and quality of poultry. It's fun to see the names of children you know who have raised the rabbits and birds.

I must admit that my favorite part of the fair isn't the animals, rides, delicious fair food or even the serendipitous visits with neighbors and friends. I like the household department.

The quilts and needlework, jellies and pickles, breads and cakes, clothing, weaving and spinning, flower arrangements and wreaths are impressive in both the 4-H and open classes. You can still enter the household department. There is no preregistration for household items and no entry fee. Simply bring your entries to the fair Friday evening or Saturday morning.

There is so much more. New this year is a petting zoo in cooperation with the Catoctin Mountain Zoo. Children can touch small animals without fear every day from 10 a.m. to until 8 p.m. Admission is free.

The Daisy 4-H Club is getting ready for meadow muffin bingo. If you'd like to buy tickets, call 442-2089 or look for the club booth by the beef barn. The game will take place Aug. 21, and first prize is $200. There are four second prizes of $50 and four third prizes of $25. Tickets are $2 or three for $5.

Profits go for club activities, like a trip to Denver for a 4-H show of steer, swine, and sheep.

The 4-H livestock sale at the fair is at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18 in the main show ring. Exhibitors sell sheep, swine and beef animals, and they appreciate the support of the community at the livestock sale.

Admission to the fair is just $3 for those 12 to 61, free for everyone else. Parking is free. Phone 442-1022 for a schedule of events or directions.

Have you ever gone on a scavenger hunt? Gethsemane Baptist Church has a group of youngsters in the Baptist Youth Fellowship who are going on a scavenger hunt for fun and to collect food for the needy. During August, church members are holding a food drive to support their food bank.

Beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, members of the Baptist Youth Fellowship will have their annual food scavenger hunt. They will be going door to door in Glenwood and Glenelg to collect nonperishable food and personal hygiene items for the food bank.

Some things they need are canned food, cereals, crackers, mixes, mayonnaise, peanut butter and jelly and soaps.

For more information or to make a donation, call the church office at 442-5853.

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The purpose of World Wide Youth Day is to give young Catholics a perspective of the world church. The church holds the program every two years, and this year Denver is the site, the first in an English-speaking country.

Seventeen members of St. Louis Church in Clarksville are making the pilgrimage to Denver, most leaving Tuesday and returning Aug. 16. These young men and women will join rallies and enjoy the events.

Because the theme is one of pilgrimage, participants will walk to seminars on music, teaching religion, organizing groups and service projects. They will meet in language groups and learn about the church in other cultures.

The highlight comes Aug. 14, when participants will stay overnight in Cherry Creek Park near Denver. From 7:15 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. they will have organized activities, including a visit from Pope John Paul II. Later they will pray, sing,

visit and meet people from all over the world.

The pope will celebrate Mass with the youths at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 15.

The congregation of St. Louis will send off members of the Catholic Youth Ministry in a ceremony at the 9:15 a.m. Mass Sunday.

Members of this traveling group are grateful to the parish for their support. Parishioners will welcome home the travelers Aug. 22 at 1:30 p.m. in the youth room of the Parish Center. The travelers will show their pictures and share their stories with anyone who wishes to join them.

Call Chuck Wible at 531-6668 for more information.

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Somewhere inside each of us is a teacher. If you'd like to cultivate your teacher side, the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks might have a place for you.

There are lots of sports, arts and craft classes in the recreation and parks fall and winter programs. If you've ever read the recreation and parks catalog of courses, you know there is something for everyone. You can teach anything from after-school art to soccer. If you'd like some interesting part-time work, call Barbara Patterson at 410-313-5421

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