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August 26, 2004|By Vera Eidelman

All-American weekend

Apple is the main ingredient in recipes and crafts Saturday and Sunday at Historic Cold Spring Village's annual "American as Apple Pie" weekend. Teach kids to bake, play 19th-century games, learn to shear sheep, listen to tunes from singer/musician Mary Roth throughout the weekend. The village's free concert series at 6:30 p.m. Saturday presents the Sugar Sand Ramblers.

Historic Cold Spring Village is at 720 Route 9 in Cape May, N.J. It is open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. From Tuesdays through Fridays, horse-drawn wagon rides and educational activities for children are offered. Admission is $7; $6 for seniors; $5 for ages 3-12; free for those under 3. Call 609-898-2300 or visit www.hcsv.org.

Great Pocomoke Fair

Watch not only swine, horse and chicken contests, but also a cute-kid contest at the Great Pocomoke Fair, now through Sunday on the lower Eastern Shore. Participate in old-fashioned sack races, a greased-pig contest and a mosquito swat. Try original games such as the "Mom's Calling Contest." Also, watch races, hear music competitions, ride ponies and browse through indoor exhibits.

The fair is at 2003 Broad St. in Pocomoke City. Admission is free for those 6 and under. General admission is free today, $1 tomorrow, $2 Saturday and $10 Sunday (the day of the Demolition Derby). The fair is open 5 p.m.-10 p.m. today and tomorrow, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Call 410-957-4486 or visit www.thegreatpocomoke fair.org.

Folk Festival

Watch more than 50 folk, world and roots musicians in concert tomorrow through Sunday at the 43rd Philadelphia Folk Festival in Schwenksville, Pa. Performers will include Natalie MacMaster, Kris Kristofferson, La Bottine Souriante, John Prine, Taj Mahal and many others.

Visitors can participate in workshops ranging from fiddle playing to satire writing. Or learn to polka, clog and swing-dance and then show off under the dance tent.

The folk festival runs tomorrow from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 1323 Salford Station Road, Schwenksville, Pa. On-site camping is available. Depending on how much of the festival you plan to attend, tickets are $6 to $139. Admission is free for children under 12. Visit www.folkfest.org or call 800-556-FOLK.

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