Fallfest marches in today

Five-day celebration begins with parade through downtown

23rd year for event

September 26, 2001|By Melody Holmes | Melody Holmes,SUN STAFF

The 23rd annual Westminster Fallfest steps off tonight with a music-filled parade through downtown Westminster from Dutterer Family Park to East Middle School.

The parade, which begins at 7 p.m., features Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Brandon Stokley as grand marshal.

The two-hour event highlights more than 60 groups and organizations including the Liberty, Francis Scott Key and Westminster high school marching bands, Westminster Police Color Guard, McGruff the Crime Dog, Smokey Bear, Westminster 4-H Club, several majorette groups, and local members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded for the best float and best majorette groups.

Fallfest - the annual five-day festival in City Park that draws 60,000 and runs through Sunday - is sponsored by Westminster, but it's the responsibility of more than 450 volunteers to plan, set up and staff the event.

"If the Lord blesses us with great weather, we'll have a great festival," said Ronald J. Scroers, Fallfest committee chairman. "It's going to be incredible."

Last year, the festival raised $18,000 for six local charities, money that was used to support therapeutic horse riding, anti-drug campaigns and programs for the developmentally disabled, among others.

This year, the festival benefits the Arc of Carroll County, an organization that provides job placement and housing for the disabled; RAD, or Residents Attacking Drugs; North East Social Action Program; and Mission of Mercy.

Scroers said a station will be set up during Fallfest where visitors can make donations to the Red Cross to provide aid to victims of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington on Sept. 11.

The festival, which features games, rides, food and bingo, will run from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow; 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Super Ride Night will be from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow with Super Ride Matinee from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Kids Day America, a program for younger children, will be celebrated Saturday. The program will feature games, food, prizes and rides. That event will be outdoors near Longwell Municipal Building.

Information: 410-848-6962.

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