Fall Fest to feature food, fun and 'Elvis' Proceeds to help Missouri flood relief NORTHWEST -- Taneytown * Union Bridge * New Windsor * Uniontown

September 17, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

Elvis is alive and well in New Windsor -- at least he will be this weekend.

But The King -- incarnated in local impersonator Kevin Michael -- is just one of the people throwing his weight behind tomorrow's New Windsor Fall Fest, sponsored by the Pike Creek Jaycees.

All proceeds from the event, to be held at the New Windsor carnival grounds from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., will go to flood relief in Missouri.

"Everything short of expenses goes to flood relief," said Cheri L. Babington, a member of the event's committee.

"Last year we had a crafts fair and flea market, and decided to make it an annual event," she said.

The profits from last year's fete were used for the Jaycees' December projects, which included supplying Christmas-oriented items for needy families in the area, said Debbie Weishaar, president of the group.

This year the group decided to expand its outreach program, Ms. Babington said.

"Normally, our service area is New Windsor and Union Bridge, but we also serve all of humanity," Ms. Babington said. "One of our mottoes is, 'Service to the community is the best work of life.' "

Aside from the not-so-rare opportunity to experience an Elvis sighting, festival-goers can learn country dances, remake their favorite hits on a karaoke machine and have their faces painted.

"There will be a flea market and crafts fair, and a lot of other things to do," said Donna Reese, chairwoman of the event's committee. "We're trying to get the vendors here and then get the people here to make it worthwhile to the vendors, which will, in turn, help make money."

A pancake breakfast will be served at 8 a.m., and a fried chicken lunch will be served in the afternoon.

Visitors can sample the baked wares of Wanda Valentine, whose family donated an entire bake table and is giving the proceeds to the Jaycees for the flood relief.

There will be a table to take donations. Flood victims need items such as baby food, disposable diapers, insect repellent, cleaning supplies (especially bleach and ammonia) and first aid supplies.

Ms. Babington said the Jaycees are grateful to community members who have shown a commitment to service by setting up crafts tables and donating their time.

For more information or a complete list of flood victims' needs, call Ms. Babington at 775-7714, Ms. Reese at 848-0106 or Ms. Weishaar at 857-8351.

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