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September 09, 2004|By Annie Linskey


Tomorrow is the first day of the 38th annual Maryland Seafood Festival at Sandy Point State Park. It lasts through Sunday.

The festival was originally dedicated to the Maryland clam but has since been broadened to showcase the culinary possibilities of other local bivalves and Bay critters. Raw oysters, fried oysters, shrimp, crab soup, soft shelled crabs, fried clams, clam chowder and more will be on hand. Proceeds from the food will benefit local charities. Last year the fair raised $250,000.

There will be live music all weekend -- more than 35 bands are scheduled to play on three stages. For the dieters (or those allergic to iodine), there will be an arts and crafts tent with pottery, wood crafts, jewelry et al. for sale.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 with a valid military identification, $4 for children 7 to 12 years old. Parking on the Sandy Point State Park grounds is $3, but free, off-site parking and shuttle bus is available.

Sandy Point State Park is at the western end of the Bay Bridge, U.S. 50, Exit 32. Call 410-266-3113.


The Columbia Classic Grand Prix is this Saturday at the Howard Community College campus. The event features horse-jumping competitions in an enclosed arena.

The Junior / Amateur jumper classic begins at 11:30 a.m., and the Columbia Classic Grand Prix is at 2 p.m.

Other attractions during the day include a "world of horses" exhibit which showcases different breeds of horse and a "Kids' Grand Prix" -- an obstacle course that children can run and jump through.

The event is outside and will occur rain or shine. Tickets cost $5 for lawn seating, $10 for grandstand seating. Children under 12 years old get in free. Proceeds will fund scholarships to Howard County Community College.

The Howard Community College campus is at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Call 410-772-4450 or visit the college's Web site / grand prix.


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