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April 29, 2004|By Lori Sears

IronFest in Aberdeen

Those other birds of Baltimore baseball -- the Aberdeen IronBirds -- are celebrating their coming season with an all-day fan festival at Ripken Stadium on Saturday. IronFest welcomes the IronBirds' 2004 season with numerous fun-filled, family events. The IronBirds are one of the Baltimore Orioles' single-A minor league affiliates.

Visitors to IronFest can tour Ripken Stadium, race around the bases, enjoy live entertainment and games, nosh on ballpark food and check out the latest IronBirds merchandise.

Folks can also attend a book-signing with Cal Ripken Jr. and Bill Ripken, authors of Play Baseball the Ripken Way. Books will be available for purchase. There will be appearances by Jim Beattie, Orioles vice president of operations, Darrell "Doc" Rodgers, Orioles minor league director, and Don Buford, IronBirds' manager.

The IronBirds' home season won't kick off until June 18, but visitors can still get their baseball fix at IronFest with a live broadcast of the Orioles and Indians game, which will be shown on the video board at Ripken Stadium at 1:05 p.m.

IronFest runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Ripken Stadium, 873 Long Drive, Aberdeen. Free admission. Call 410-297-9292.

Powwow benefit

Celebrate Native American culture this weekend at the first Mason-Dixon Intertribal Powwow at the Pennsylvania/Maryland line. The powwow features tribal dancers, singers, drummers, crafters and storytellers. There will be handmade and authentic goods for sale, including pottery, quilts, moccasins, beadwork, baskets, jewelry, books and music. Foods by various tribes will be available as well.

More than 200 dancers will perform, including gourd dancers, hoop dancers and the Aztec Fire Dancers from Mexico City. There will be social dances in which the public is invited to participate. And there will be children-only dances. Kids can take part in craft workshops and make a beaded item to take home.

Participating tribes at the powwow will include the Northern Cree, Lenape, Shoshone, Mohawk, Navajo, Apache, Sioux, Acoma, Cheyenne, Delaware, Cherokee and Osage. The powwow will benefit the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and the Zuni Reservation in New Mexico.

The Mason-Dixon Intertribal Powwow is to be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Mason-Dixon Fairgrounds, Route 74, Delta, Pa. (on the Maryland line). $5; $3 ages 9-17; free for ages 8 and under. Call 410-452-8500.

Ravens festival

Are you ready for some football? No? You're in baseball mode? Well, shift gears for a day, will you? The Baltimore Ravens Spring Football Festival takes place Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.

More than 22 Ravens players, including the 2004 draft class, will be at the event, which will feature a showing of the film On the Brink, a Q&A fan forum with Ravens players and personnel, autograph sessions with players, tours of the locker room and live entertainment.

Fans can meet the Ravens cheerleaders, as well as mascots Edgar, Allan and Poe, watch the Marching Ravens, visit the Ravens Rookie Zone, test their football skills at the NFL Experience, visit the Ravens Gatorade Junior Training Camp, join the Budweiser Backyard Bash and Miller Gameday Tailgate Party and more. And those daring enough to sing in front of large groups can strut their vocal stuff at Baltimore Ravens Idol. The contest allows fans to try out for a chance to sing the national anthem at the Ravens training camp.

The Ravens festival runs from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, 1101 Russell St. $12; $7 ages under 12. Free parking. Call 410-261-RAVE or visit www .baltimoreravens.com.

Farm celebration

Spend some time down on the farm Saturday. Family Fun Farm Day will be at Cromwell Valley Park's Willow Grove Farm. Visitors can enjoy farm-themed games, crafts and activities. The event is open to all ages. A hay ride is included in admission.

Family Fun Farm Day runs 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday at Cromwell Valley Park, Willow Grove Farm, 2002 Cromwell Bridge Road. Reservations required. $3. Call 410-887-2503.

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