In Crofton, celebrate a little early

June 23, 1996|By S. Mitra Kalita | S. Mitra Kalita,SUN STAFF

Crofton residents will celebrate an early Independence Day Saturday with rides, food vendors and oldies tunes.

The third annual Crofton July 4th Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Crofton Elementary School and Hardy Field, both in the 1400 block of Duke of Kent Drive. More than 30 vendor booths will provide games, arts and crafts displays, food from local restaurants and promotions of area businesses.

The event is held before the holiday to avoid competition from other Fourth of July celebrations, said Michele Devine, chairman of the board of the Bowie-Crofton Jaycees, the festival sponsor.

Last year, about 1,500 people turned out for the celebration. Given the festival's growing number of vendors and popularity, organizers say they are hoping for an even larger gathering this year.

"This is a day devoted to the family and community," Devine said.

Entertainment will be provided by "A Touch of Jazz," a Crofton band, local groups demonstrating aerobic and gymnastic routines and police dogs from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Keeping with the theme of Independence Day, community singers will sing patriotic tunes. County Executive John G. Gary will address the crowd during opening ceremonies. Miss Wheelchair Maryland also is scheduled to make an appearance.

A train ride, Ferris wheel, Moonbounce and an activities bus will be available for children.

Members of the Greater Crofton Chamber of Commerce will distribute free ice water and candy for passers-by while promoting events to raise money for the chamber's scholarship fund and house-building project.

Booths are still available for a $20 fee. Interested vendors should contact Lisa Cote at (301) 262-6511 before June 26.

Pub Date: 6/23/96

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