COLOR GUARD performances from Cub Scout Pack 718, Taneytown American Legion and Carroll County Sheriff's Department will start the Celebrate Taneytown festivities Saturday morning.
The ceremony from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Memorial Park will include reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and singing the national anthem.
The 248-year-old town has held its annual festival at the end of August, but moved it to October in hope of cooler weather.
More than 50 arts and crafts vendors are expected to set up, said Pam Shorb, festival organizer. Among them will be a booth by the Historical Society of Carroll County.
New this year will be amusement rides, Shorb said.
The Silver Liners, a professional line-dancing group from Littlestown, Pa., will perform at 10 a.m. Local singer Brandi Crawford will perform at noon. Her act will include a number with puppet Matilda. Knight Tones will perform at 1 p.m. and area disc jockey Cathy Diehl will perform throughout the day.
Winners of a Celebrate Taneytown writing contest will be announced at 12:30 p.m., Shorb said. The essays focus on the town's history.
"We received 31 entries from Northwest Middle School and Francis Scott Key High School," Shorb said.
The first-place winner will receive a gift certificate from Thunderhead Bowl & Family Fun Centre. The second-place winner will receive a gift certificate from Pizza Hut and the third-place winner will win a Taneytown Monopoly game put together by the Kiwanis Club.
A 50/50 raffle and a raffle for a second Taneytown Monopoly game will be held.
Food vendors will serve pit beef, pit turkey and fresh-squeezed lemonade.
The Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8806 will hold an oldies dance from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at its facility at 115 Penrose Ave. in Union Bridge.
Joe Ebaugh will be the disc jockey. Tickets are $10.
Health fair today
Taneytown Senior Center will hold its health fair today until noon. The fair is open to people of all ages. Screenings for cholesterol, skin cancer and arthritis will be offered, as well as orthopedic services, vision and balance testing. Colorectal screening will be performed by Carroll County Health Department for $7.
Girl Scouts wanted
Girls in kindergarten and older are encouraged to join a Girl Scout and Brownie Scout group at St. Paul's United Methodist Church.
For Daisy Girls entering kindergarten, contact Vangie Baker, 410-775-0655. Brownie Scouts who are in first through third grade contact Dawn Bladen, 410-635-6537. For Junior Girl Scouts (fourth through sixth) or Cadettes for Girl Scouts (seventh grade and older), contact Annette Moritz, 410-751-7663.
Charles Carroll Recreation Council will hold its 2002-2003 basketball registration from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Charles Carroll Elementary School.
Programs include boys and girls in grades two through eight. The cost is $40.
Information: Johnny Hoover, 410-346-7882.
Taneytown Area Recreation Council holds open noncompetitive volleyball from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Wednesday at the gym of Northwest Middle School. The program is open to players age 15 and older.
Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.