Farm Museum to hold July 4 event

Celebration to include games, food, fireworks

July 04, 2004

The Carroll County Farm Museum will hold its annual Old-Fashioned July 4 Celebration and Fireworks beginning at noon today.

The day features continuous stage entertainment, strolling performers, Uncle Sam on stilts, children's old-fashioned games, crafts vendors and a variety of food.

The entertainment line-up includes Ray Owens, noon; Old Line Statesmen Barbershop Chorus, 1 p.m.; 4-H Performing Arts, 2 p.m.; Carroll County Cloggers, 3 p.m.; General Store Band, 4 p.m.; and Jay Henley & Stone Broke, 5 p.m.

Wagon master Jim Saylor and his team of mules will offer wagon rides from noon to 6 p.m. The cost will be $2.50.

Fun Events LLC of Taneytown will have a moon bounce, climb and play area of inflatables for children from noon to 8 p.m. for $7 per child.

Guided tours of the farmhouse will be given from noon to 6 p.m., and the Living History Center, exhibit buildings and the gift shop will be open.

The fireworks display, sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Carroll County, is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. (The rain date, for fireworks only, is tomorrow). Center Street and Kate Wagner Road will be closed to incoming traffic at 8:30 p.m. Those coming to the fireworks must be on the grounds and parked by then or they may be turned back.

General admission is $3 for adults; $2 for ages 7 to 18 and 60 and older; and free for age 6 and younger. Parking is free until 5 p.m., when Farm Museum general admission ends. After that, a $5 per car parking donation will be collected to help defray the cost of the fireworks.

To keep traffic flowing, the following regulations will apply around the Farm Museum tonight:

No parking along Center Street, Gist Road, Smith Avenue or Kate Wagner Road.

All traffic leaving the Farm Museum lot will use two lanes and be directed out Center Street toward Route 140. Vehicles can turn left on Green Street and Main Street or proceed out to Route 140. East Main and East Green streets will be closed to through traffic between South Center Street and Washington Road.

All traffic leaving the Agriculture Center parking lot must use Smith Avenue to Gist Road toward Kate Wagner Road. Starting at Gist Road and Smith Avenue, both lanes of Gist Road will be one-way only to Kate Wagner Road.

Traffic will then turn right toward Route 27 or left toward Route 32 (Old Washington Road). Kate Wagner Road also will have two lanes exiting: the right lane toward Route 27 and the left lane toward Route 32.

Traffic exiting from the Farm Museum will take priority.

Visitors can tune to WTTR-AM 1470 for traffic reports before and after the fireworks.

The Farm Museum is at 500 S. Center St., Westminster.

Information: 410-848-7775 or 410-876-2667.

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