Question mark hangs over Savage festival Helpers: With Savage Fest '98 one day away, organizers are not sure enough volunteers will be on hand for the one-day community event.

June 05, 1998|By Jill Hudson Neal | Jill Hudson Neal,SUN STAFF

The ninth annual Savage community festival will start bright and early tomorrow morning with a bit of mystery left unsolved.

Organizers of Savage Fest '98, are unsure whether there will be enough volunteer help.

In the past, volunteer and funding shortages have put a damper on the festival, which draws 5,000 to 10,000 people, forcing organizers to shorten the event from two days to one.

"We won't really know for certain until people just sort of show up," said William Waff, president of the Savage Community Association.

The festival gets under way at 9 a.m. on the Baldwin Commons next to the Carroll Baldwin Community Hall at Baltimore and Foundry streets in downtown Savage.

The festival is a revival of Savage Days, a community celebration that had been held off and on since the 1920s. This year, it will include a community parade, drama performances, pony rides, a band and door prizes. The event includes 60 food and information booths.

Sponsors include Savage United Methodist Church, the Savage Community Association, CarMax, Historic Savage Mill and others. The church will hold its Strawberry Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Among those attending will be Del. Shane Pendergrass.

Pendergrass, a Democrat who began her political career as president of the Savage Community Association and announced her intention to run for a seat on the Howard County Council at the Savage Fest in 1986, said the event brings the community together.

"So often, people in Savage work together fighting against that something that they don't want to happen in their community," she said. "This is a really wonderful event that brings us together to have fun and get to know one another better."

Pub Date: 6/05/98

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