Close to cancellation, Fall Festival back on track

April 18, 1994|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer

The Sykesville Business Association has pulled the town Fall Festival back from the brink of cancellation.

On Oct. 1, Main Street will be closed to cars and transformed into an outdoor market for the 21st annual festival.

Lack of a chairman had threatened the festival until Brian Beck volunteered to organize the event at the association meeting Thursday.

"We left the meeting with an upbeat, positive spirit," said business association President Craig Taylor. "Brian got a total commitment from everybody."

Several members have assured Mr. Beck of their help and support.

Mr. Beck, co-owner of E. W. Beck's Pub on Main Street, chaired last year's festival, which drew about 10,000 visitors to Sykesville.

He said his first task would be to hire a promoter from among four applicants.

"We will be writing a budget and discussing a promoter [this week]," he said.

"I'll make a hiring decision with the association's approval."

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