State Fair sets day to honor and recruit volunteers Nonprofit groups expect at least 20,000 to attend

August 23, 1996|By Ernest F. Imhoff | Ernest F. Imhoff,SUN STAFF

Volunteers by the thousands will be honored, and potential volunteers will be courted Sunday at the 115th Maryland State Fair.

At least 20,000 community service veterans, armed with free passes and discounts for food and rides, are expected on the 14th Volunteers Appreciation Day at the State Fair.

The fair opens tomorrow at the Timonium fairgrounds in Baltimore County.

Livestock and horse shows begin at 8 a.m., and demonstration halls are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The fair, which can be reached by central light rail, ends Sept. 2.

The Governor's Office on Volunteerism has given more than 120,000 free passes to Maryland nonprofit groups for the fair's "Carnival of Caring and Community Service" on Sunday.

From 10 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m., volunteers may buy discounted packages at $5 for rides between noon and 5 p.m. and reduced-rate refreshments in a designated area.

Fifty nonprofit and government organizations will show off their service opportunities to prospective helpers in the Volunteer Marketplace.

That will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in a large tent next to the 4-H/Home Arts Building, near the fair's main York Road gate.

Agencies as diverse as Center Stage, STOP AIDS campaign, Pickersgill Retirement Community, Happy Helpers for the Homeless, Baltimore County 4-H and the National Aquarium in Baltimore will try to attract volunteers.

Free entertainment for the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Marketplace area will include a roving clown on stilts, a clown show, a puppet show, acrobatic routine, cowboy rope tricks, a magic show and a clown finale. Face painting is from noon to 3 p.m.

Eligible volunteers who still need free passes are asked to get them today at the Office of Volunteerism, Suite 608, 300 W. Preston St., Baltimore, or call (410) 225-4496.

Pub Date: 8/23/96

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