The fun, games, entertainment and more continue through midnight Saturday at the Howard County Fair.
The fairgrounds open at 8 a.m., and today you can see horse and pony contests; swine, dairy cattle and rabbit judging; and the annual Amateur Variety Show Contest, which begins at 8 p.m.
Tomorrow at 7 p.m. is the traditional Parade of Floats, and at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, parents will parade their infants and toddlers under-age 3 in decorated carriages, wagons and strollers in the popular Baby Contest and Miniature Parade. The horse pull, which always draws a big crowd, is at 11 a.m. Saturday, and while you're there, see the antique tractor pull, which also begins at 11 a.m.
The midway is open every day at 1 p.m., except Saturday when it opens at 11 a.m. Today rides are 50-cents each from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Pig races and the petting zoo, featuring animals from the Catoctin Mountain Zoo, are open today through Saturday.
Don't forget to stop at the renovated Glenwood Lions Club booth for sandwiches and drinks. Lions Club members raise the bulk of the club's money at the fair, and all the Lions Club funds go directly to support community service projects right here in western Howard County.
Visit the Glenelg High School Boosters Club booth, where volunteers will be making french fries made from fresh potatoes at their stand. The Glenelg High School Band Boosters offer fried dough near the midway.
For information about the 49th Annual Howard County Fair or directions to the fairground in West Friendship, phone 442-1022.
Congratulations to Howard County Fair Farm Queen Rebecca Reinhardt. The daughter of Harry and Christine Reinhardt of Mount Airy is a member of the West Friendship 4-H Club. A graduate of Glenelg High School, Rebecca has shown Suffolk sheep at the fair for the last five years. This fall she will attend Liberty University, where she will major in nursing.
Getting to the Clarksville Fire Station may look a little different these days, with new traffic patterns around the intersection of routes 108 and 32, but folks will flock to the Banquet Hall on Aug. 28 for the Country Breakfast served by the Ladies Auxiliary.
From 8 a.m. to noon you'll enjoy pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, biscuits and gravy, beverages and a treat. Chefs from the Market Place Cafe will prepare Belgian waffles.
All this good food costs just $5 for adults and $2.50 for children.
Doesn't it seem as if the kids just got out of school? Suddenly, it's time for new backpacks and notebooks, and school starts Aug. 29. Orientation for students in grades one through five who are new to Bushy Park Elementary School is at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria.
Students and parents meet the principal Phil Arbaugh, assistant principal Harry Lerner, and tour the school with a student government representative. Orientation for parents of kindergarten students is 10 a.m. Aug. 26.
Bushy Park's administrative staff will post class lists at 1 p.m. Friday, and children and parents may visit teachers in their classrooms from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Phone 313-5500.
At Mount View Middle School, new student orientation is from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Aug. 25. The school staff invites new parents to a reception while students attend the orientation. Phone 313-5545.
There will be some new faces on the staff at Glenelg High School this fall, and Principal Jim McGregor says they are a group with wide ranging experiences. Linda Wise, a former English teacher, administrator, and guidance counselor, joins Addie Kaufman as an assistant principal. Mrs. Wise was a counselor at Howard High School for the past five years.
Phyllis Felderstein is returning to Glenelg's business department after a year of study in special education.
Dave Stevens returns to the science department after two years work on a program for outstanding science teachers at Goddard Space Flight Center. The foreign language department welcomes James Zedan, who will teach Spanish and served as a communications specialist for the Navy for 20 years.
Phil Singleton becomes a member of the school staff as a gifted and talented resource teacher. Born in England, he has traveled widely and taught in such distant places as the United Kingdom, Tanzania, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the Bahamas, and the United Arab Emirates.
Trish Rayala joins the special education department as a teacher, bringing that department's staff to three teachers and three instructional assistants. John Howland will teach one art class at Glenelg High this year.
The faculty and students are looking forward to a new flexible schedule at Glenelg High. Jim McGregor said, "We are so enthusiastic about this alternate scheduling that we can't wait for school to start."