Mount Airy Fall Festival starts tomorrow


October 03, 1997|By Christy Kruhm | Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THOUSANDS of visitors will take to the streets of downtown Mount Airy this weekend to celebrate autumn with the town's annual Fall Festival.

The two-day event begins with Mount Airy's Fun Run at 9 a.m. tomorrow. The event again is sponsored by the PTA groups from Mount Airy and Twin Ridge elementary schools. The run begins at the municipal parking lot, between Center Street and Park Avenue, and follows a one-mile route through a residential area. The route will be well marked, and traffic will be controlled by state troopers.

Participants are invited to get into a festive mood by running, walking or strolling through Mount Airy. Warm-up exercises begin at 8: 45 a.m. No registration fee will be charged.

While your legs are still limber, stroll into downtown Mount Airy for a weekend full of fall activities. Main Street will be closed to traffic. The festival runs until 5 p.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

More than 140 crafts people and artisans will display their wares. Demonstrations, live music, hayrides, scarecrow-making, pumpkin painting and children's entertainment will be offered. Food booths will be plentiful.

About 15,000 people attended last year's festival.

An event of this size, encompassing local talent and numerous community resources is no small undertaking. The Fall Festival Committee, chaired by Ben Gue, begins meeting immediately after the festival, and by January plans are in full swing for the next event.

The committee handles hundreds of details, such as advertising, rentals, traffic control, T-shirts and shuttle bus schedules. Gue is assisted by committee members Ricky Lawson, Connie German, Marlene Bohn, Mary Spanberger, Anne Dorsey, Jill Shumaker, Audrey Stapf, Tina Grogg and Lois Raines.

Free shuttle buses will run throughout the festival. Buses will leave every half-hour from Mount Airy Firemen's Carnival Grounds at Route 27 and Twin Arch Road. Parking is free at the carnival grounds.

Mount Airy Jaycees will sponsor a Pretty Baby Contest. Festival goers are encouraged to stop by the booth and use pennies to vote for the most adorable and photogenic baby.

New to the festival is the Apple Baking Contest. The judging will take place at 2 p.m. tomorrow in front of Whistlestop Bookstore. Immediately after the contest, entries will be auctioned off to benefit Mount Airy Lions Club.

Take a short walk down Prospect Road to view the Whistle Stop Railroad Train Garden. Jack and Lois Raines are opening their extensive outdoor model train display to the public at 10: 30 a.m. tomorrow and 12: 30 p.m. Sunday. New additions to the train garden include a model of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Live music tomorrow includes South Carroll High School Cavalier Band at 9: 30 a.m.; Cabellero at 10 a.m.; and Southern Guns at noon.

On Sunday, Sneaky Feelings will perform at noon and 3: 30 p.m. and Zion Mountain Boys Bluegrass will play at 2 p.m.

Community service hours are available for middle and high school students who volunteer during the festival. Volunteers are needed to work two -our shifts in the children's park both days.

Information: Anne Dorsey, 301-829-9601.

Dance competition

Several young Mount Airy dancers have been selected to perform on the U.S. dance team in the World Championships of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles Oct. 8-12.

The World Championships will feature more than 150 performances from countries around the world.

The girls are members of the Abstract Emotion dance company and study at Ta Dah Dance Studio in Mount Airy under the direction of Gabrielle Schriefer, studio director.

Selected for the team are: Amanda Chawla, Bethany Covello, Michelle Lambert, Danielle Lambert, Lindsey Day and Marissa McDermott, all from Mount Airy. Competing in the modeling category are Karleigh Spicer and Whitney Whiten, also from Mount Airy.

Christy Kruhm's Southwest Neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 10/03/97

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