MOUNT AIRY HAS a full day of activities planned tomorrow in honor of Flag Day.
Events will begin at 8 a.m. with a 5-kilometer race at Mount Airy Elementary School. The entry fee is $20.
Activities then will move to Watkins Park, where a flag-raising ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Walkersville High School graduate Kristin Trout will sing the national anthem. A car and truck show will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fifteen awards and the Mayor's Choice award for the best-looking car and truck will be presented. Registration is $10 per vehicle.
Area residents Jack and Mary Beth Talamo will lead a patriotic sing-a-long and provide entertainment at 11 a.m. The program will be followed by a performance by Mount Airy resident Catherine Nazarene, who will sing "America the Beautiful."
Retired Lt. Col. Richard Schnell will deliver a patriotic speech at 12:15 p.m., and will be followed by a formal flag disposal by the Sons of the American Legion. Worn flags will be burned and replaced with new flags.
Throughout the day, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10076 will provide free hayrides, and visitors can inspect military vehicles on display.
A picnic at the park's main pavilion will end the day.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Hospice of Frederick County's hospice house, which will be built outside Mount Airy.
Mount Airy Elementary School pupils are talented photographers. From pictures of snowmen to puppies to the Washington Monument, the budding photographers entered their works in a state media competition and earned high praise.
After winning the elementary school's photo contest, winning pictures were judged against entries by other Carroll County school students.
The county's first-place winners competed in the Maryland State Media Festival, which was held early last month.
Connor Trexler, Mackenzie Kappe, Jay Vette and Jill Kile were first-place winners. Lori Wiles placed first in three categories.
Connor Trexler also won a second-place ribbon for his life-study entry.
Jill Kile didn't limit her entries to photographs -- a live-action video titled "Visit to Washington D.C." earned Jill another first-place ribbon.
The Maryland State Media Festival is sponsored by the Maryland Education Media Organization.
Christy Kruhm's Neighbors column appears Fridays in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.