Home and garden show blossoms, organizers say

Bigger and better is goal for May Taneytown event

April 04, 1999|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF

Anyone who attended the first Taneytown Home and Garden Show last year will not recognize the second and much bigger one scheduled for May 22 at Memorial Park.

Last year's show featured about 12 vendors selling plants on the Jubilee grocery store parking lot, said Pam Harlow, a resident who is co-chairwoman of the event.

At least, that's what she has been told. She didn't go last year.

"I didn't even know about it," Harlow said.

This year, she and co-chairwoman Melissa Harris expect close to 70 vendors selling plants and crafts, demonstrations on bed planting and building a pond, and rides in a tethered hot-air balloon, weather permitting. Food vendors will sell pit beef, pit turkey, fried chicken and other foods.

"We want to get people enthused about how their yard is going to look," Harlow said. "There are going to be a lot of crafters there with birdhouses and things for bees."

Organizers are trying to provide a festival that is a "nice relaxing time in the park, enjoying the weekend," she said.

Bands will play jazz, chamber music and marches throughout the day, and families are encouraged to make use of the 21-acre park's picnic spaces, pavilions and playgrounds, Harlow said.

Booth spaces at the fair are free, but potential vendors must contact Harlow or Harris for a contract. Harlow can be reached at home, 410-751-0344.

Harris is also trying to arrange a live remote broadcast with a radio station in the Baltimore area, with a gardening expert who will give advice.

Pub Date: 4/04/99

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