Sykesville Fall Festival is Saturday SOUTHEAST--Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber


September 28, 1993|By MAUREEN RICE

Bring your kids to jump back in time with a Civil War history group and chat with Robert E. Lee. Stroll along streets rich in history and visit a Pullman car from Baltimore's B&O Railroad Museum.

Enjoy the antique train sets, running at their best for the crowds, housed inside the historic Pullman car.

These are only a few of the attractions you will find at Sykesville's 20th Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, and there's plenty of time to grab your piece of history, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

"I'm hoping that people will plan to come and spend the day," said Janet Hartwell, who organized Saturday's fun, "This will be the 20th annual Fall Festival, and it's going to be the biggest yet. There will be an awful lot to see and do. There will be entertainment all day, vendors, and food from all around the world."

Entertainment will include rock 'n' roll with the Whitewalls; jazz by the Howard Burns Quartet; clogging (rhythmic dance) by the Bull Run Cloggers, who won the Manassas championship; a karate demonstration; and, of course, the Civil War enthusiasts.

How fast can you throw a ball? Find out with the "Super Sports Radar Ball," a game which uses radar to measure your pitch.

Do you like hockey? Join Howard County's Youth Group in a hockey shoot.

Children will find other delightful entertainments, from their visit to the Pullman car to sand art and funnel cakes.

Clowns love children, and your kids will love AppleJohn the Clown right back. AppleJohn will stroll the streets all day looking for children to amuse.

Vendors will line the streets in front of buildings that date to the last century to sell everything from silk flowers to food.

"We've lined up just about every kind of food you could find at a celebration like this," Ms. Hartwell said.

There will be pit beef and turkey; chicken and ham; kebobs and crab cakes; Italian sausages and funnel cakes. Apple dumplings will be available to enjoy with your lemonade.

Ms. Hartwell, an Eldersburg resident who also organizes Laurel's Main Street Festival each spring, said that Police Chief Wallace "Mitch" Mitchell got her in touch with the Sykesville Business Association for assistance in making this 20th celebration an event to remember.

"This won't be as large as Laurel's festival, where 180,000 people come each year, but it's bigger than it ever has been," Ms. Hartwell said, "the association works for the betterment of Sykesville. They'll use the proceeds from the festival for their projects.


Fire Prevention Week starts Sunday, and the Sykesville/Freedom District Fire Company is holding an open house to kick it off.

Visit the fire hall on Route 32 from noon to 4 p.m. to fine-tune your fire-prevention skills and enjoy a tour of the fire hall, fire equipment and ambulance.

You will see firemen in their protective clothing, looking about as alien as anything you'll find outside of a TV set.

"It's important for children, particularly young children, to be familiar with a fireman's protective gear," said Sue Terrant, president of the company's auxiliary.

"In the gear, they really don't look very human, and it could be very frightening for young children to see this creature coming toward them in an already terrifying experience. If they're familiar with the gear, they'll know that help has arrived and they shouldn't try to run away."

Scouts, take note. You will find stations designed to help you get your merit badges, where you can practice "stop, drop and roll," and discuss fire-prevention skills with an expert.

Teddy Ruxpin will be on hand to help your younger siblings learn, too, and everyone can take home a fire-prevention coloring book as a souvenir.

Those who are interested in helping with the event and earning some community service credits should call Ms. Terrant at 795-7122.

"It's important that people realize that this is an all-volunteer fire department," Ms. Terrant said.

"A lot of people move out here from the city or someplace else where fire departments are paid. Being all-volunteer keeps our tax dollars down, but we need volunteers to accomplish this."

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