49th annual Howard County Fair gets under way on Saturday

NEIGHBORS

August 11, 1994|By SALLY BUCKLER

Excitement abounds in West Friendship as volunteers work at the Howard County Fairgrounds to prepare for the 49th annual Howard County Fair.

Hundreds of exhibitors will bring livestock, farm crops, fruits and vegetables, honey, wool fleece and household articles to the fair tomorrow night and Saturday morning.

Clothing, crafts, photographs and flowers in the hands of those who fashioned them will make their way to the judging tables. Bakers and confectioners will deliver toothsome goods for appraisal. Bugs and bicycles, computer programs and pumpkins, dogs and dairy cattle, horses and heifers all have a place at the fair, which runs from Saturday through Aug. 20.

You'll have many opportunities to participate in the fair. Sunday at 12:30 p.m. is the popular "pretty animal" contest.

If fire trucks and firefighting apparatus fascinate you, don't miss the 11th annual Grand Opening Parade, sponsored by the West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department, at 2 p.m. Sunday. WMAR TV weatherman Ken Phillips is the grand marshal of this year's parade.

At 4:30 p.m. judging for farm queen begins, as daughters of Farm Bureau member families compete in formal dress. At 8 p.m. Aug. 18, amateurs will sing, dance, act, tell jokes and play instrumental music in the Amateur Variety Show Contest.

At 7 p.m. Aug. 19 is the Parade of Floats, and at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 20, parents of beautiful babies will parade their prides and joys in decorated carriages, wagons and strollers in the Baby Contest and Miniature Parade.

For heavenly baked goods, support the 4-H Champion and Blue Ribbon Bake Sale at 4 p.m. Saturday in the 4-H Indoor exhibit building or the 4-H Bake Auction at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Show Ring.

Half of all entries in the open class baked goods and candy department will be for sale Saturday after judging, about 6:30 p.m. The 4-H Lamb, steer, swine, poultry and rabbit sale begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. All proceeds from the 4-H auctions go to help support 4-H programs.

The midway is a child's dream come true, and it will be open every day at 1 p.m., except the last day when it opens at 11 a.m. Ride all you can Monday and Wednesday for $10, $8 with a coupon from participating Pizza Huts. Tuesday and Thursday ride for 50-cents a ride from 1 to 5 p.m. Pig races and the petting zoo will be open every day.

You'll be hungry at the fair, so plan a stop at the Glenwood Lions Club renovated booth. You'll enjoy sandwiches and drinks from the Lions, who raise money at the fair to support their community service projects right here in Western Howard County.

Then go next door to the Glenelg High School Boosters Club booth, where volunteers will be making fabulous french fries at their stand. These fries are the real thing, made from fresh potatoes while you wait. The Glenelg High School Band Boosters offer fried dough near the midway to top off your meal.

For information about the Fair or directions to the Fair Grounds, ,, call 442-1022.

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Poplar Springs and Jennings Chapel United Methodist Churches will have a joint worship service at Jennings Chapel at 10 a.m. Sunday. Church members call this day Howard County Fair Sunday and invite you to join them. Call 489-7185 for more information.

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"There's not a person whose name is on this list that I'm not excited about having at Glenwood Middle School" said Principal Vincent Catania.

Seven new staff members will join Glenwood's faculty this month, and Mr. Catania says that they all bring outstanding talent to the school and the community.

Julie Berla is a new guidance counselor; Andrea Lang will teach seventh-grade math and English; Sylvia Hazzard is the new media specialist; Margo Higdon will teach vocal music; George Lovera will teach sixth-grade math and social studies; Dolores Edell, who was a long term substitute at the school last year, will teach math; and Gretchen Meyers will join the Special Education Department.

Glenwood Middle School has set out to improve each year for the past three years, and it has succeeded. Recently the School Improvement Committee, made up of teachers and staff members, met, and all are excited and enthusiastic about the coming year.

During the summer, an asbestos removal team worked at the school and workers renovated the art room. The teacher and volunteer workroom has a new look, and walls replaced room dividers in the sixth-grade wing.

Doris Haugh, the night chief at the building, has even spent her summer cleaning the ceilings in the building.

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People usually walk for pleasure and exercise, but that is not what Lowrie Sargent had in mind when he began his 10-kilometer walk April 9. Mr. Sargent of Clarksville planned to raise money in the Multiple Sclerosis Walk in Maryland, and he succeeded.

Mr. Sargent had pledges from friends, neighbors, and co-workers for $8,900. He is the top fund-raiser in the MS Walk in Maryland for the fourth consecutive year. This year he was awarded a grand prize of two round trip tickets on TWA to any destination in the United States, including San Juan and Hawaii.

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A 24-member team from the new National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) began work Monday at the Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center in Glenwood.

After four weeks of leadership training, the volunteers, ages 18 to 24, will help develop the TRRC by building the new facilities and by assisting therapists and riding instructors.

Congress established the NCCC in 1993, and the riding center project is among the first in the nation to be selected to receive help. Volunteers in the corps sign up for 11 months of community service, for which they receive a stipend.

At the end of the period, they can receive a cash grant or a larger amount of money to help pay for their education.

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