Sykesville to celebrate 25th annual Fall Festival


September 29, 1998|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A SILVER anniversary is always something to commemorate, and the town of Sykesville plans to celebrate its 25th annual Fall Festival in a big way on Saturday.

Craig Taylor, the festival's chairman, and a committee of dedicated members have put together a daylong event filled with fun for the entire family.

"The committee members have all done an outstanding job and have been right on top of things," Taylor said. "We're going to have a fantastic festival this year."

The festival will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street. More than three dozen craft vendors will set up along the thoroughfare.

"We have been very selective this year as far as the vendors are concerned," said Taylor. "There will be a nice selection for shoppers."

The Liberty Lions Marching Band and the Sykesville Middle School Band will kick off the entertainment at 9: 30 a.m. in a parade down Main Street. Other entertainment will be featured throughout the day in the gazebo in front of the Town House.

A living history program, featuring a local personality portraying Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, will take place near the river and will include a Civil War encampment and live cannon fire.

Three tractor-drawn hay wagons will carry riders on town tours. A model railroad exhibit will be open in the Pullman Car off Oklahoma Road.

Area merchants have donated hundreds of prizes for raffles, which will be held several times each hour.

Main Street will be closed to traffic and parking will be available on town lots off Sandosky Road and at Sykesville Middle School. The festival will be held rain or shine.

Show and tell

The Sykesville Gate House Museum of History on Cooper Drive will offer a show-and-tell session from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

A collection of antique tools on display at the museum will be discussed by museum curator James Purman and others. Visitors will be able to handle the tools and watch a demonstration of some of their uses.

The program is free.

* Information: 410-549-5150.

Businesses honored

At a recent meeting of the Freedom Elementary School PTA, the organization recognized five businesses for their contributions to students at the school over the past several years.

PTA president Ginger Halvorsen presented certificates of appreciation to Gail Ortega of Roy Rogers, Kim Orwig of London Fog, Janet Cole of Susquehanna Bank and Joy Dunn of Counseling Centers of Maryland. A certificate was also presented to John Hutchinson of Hutchinson's Florist.

New PTA formed

Since the doors of the new Linton Springs Elementary School opened a few weeks ago, parent volunteers and school officials have been working diligently to form a PTA.

Officers have been elected and are ready to work hard on the organization's executive board.

The Linton Springs PTA officers include Edwin Beane, president; Dianna Fornaro, vice president; Marti Brooks, vice president; Donya Oneto, treasurer; Diana Rodgers, corresponding secretary; and Jeffrey Wothers, legislative liaison.

A volunteer to serve as the recording secretary is being sought.

Information: Edwin Beane at 410-549-0018.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 9/29/98

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