Farm Museum celebrates the Fourth of July Several streets to close for rides, crafts, snacks and traditional fireworks


The red, white and blue will fly at the Carroll County Farm Museum's July 4 celebration Thursday, which begins at noon and concludes with the Westminster Jaycees' fireworks at 9: 30 p.m.

Bring the family for a day of entertainment, wagon rides, food, old-time craft demonstrations and exhibits of 19th-century farming.

Local organizations will sell hot dogs, french fries, pizza and ice cream. Artisans will sell dried flowers, leather and crafts. For shopping, also check out the Farm Museum's General Store.

The museum farmhouse will be open for guided tours, with collections of bunny and bear items and glassware on display. Other buildings will be open, including the new firehouse exhibit and one-room schoolhouse.

Museum volunteers will demonstrate crafts from bygone days, such as quilting, blacksmithing and hearth cooking.

The Maryland National Guard will have an exhibit and demonstrate military skills.

Stage entertainment starts at noon with Ray Owen, recording artist and comedian; Freewheeling country music at 12: 45 p.m.; Wherligig, Irish/American folk music, at 1: 45 p.m.; Paddyfield and Johnny Dark at 3 p.m.; and the Carroll County Cloggers at 4 p.m.

A pedal pull for ages 4 to 8, mule-drawn wagon rides and a demonstration of old-fashioned games also are planned.

And what is the Fourth of July without fireworks? Concluding the evening will be the Westminster Jaycees' 20th display to light up the sky.

Admission to the Farm Museum is $3 for adults, $2 for ages 7 to 18 and 60 and older, and free for ages 6 and younger. Pets and alcohol are forbidden on museum grounds.

The Farm Museum is at 500 S. Center St., Westminster.

Parking will be restricted and traffic diverted at the end of the day's activities:

Center Street and Kate Wagner Road will close to incoming traffic at 8: 45 p.m.

Parking will be banned along Center, Gist Road and Kate Wagner.

Traffic leaving the Farm Museum parking lot will travel north using both lanes of Center, which will be one way to Route 140. Vehicles will be allowed to turn left onto Green Street or Main Street. Right turns will be prohibited.

Traffic leaving the Agricultural Center parking lot must use Smith Avenue to Gist toward Kate Wagner. Starting at Gist and Smith, both lanes of Gist will be one way to Kate Wagner. Traffic will then proceed right to Route 27 or left to Route 32. Traffic headed toward Route 32 will be directed toward Route 97 by a right turn on Main.

Traffic entering Westminster from Washington Road will be directed to Route 140 via Manchester Avenue or to Route 97 by a right turn on Main.

East Main Street and East Green Street will be closed to through traffic between Center Street and Washington Road.

Westminster police and state police will direct traffic before and after the fireworks. WTTR-AM radio will carry traffic reports.

Information: 848-7775.

Pub Date: 6/30/96

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