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Trips: Road Trips, Regional Events

September 16, 2004

Great Frederick Fair

Rouse your senses at this year's Great Frederick Fair with an array of food and live entertainment. This is the 142nd year of the event.

Activities include live animal displays at the "City Streets, Country Roads" exhibit and hands-on activities and workshops.

In addition, the decorated wagon parade and contest offers children the opportunity to be judged on their best country-style duds according to the fair's theme ("See it, hear it, taste it, touch it, smell it"). The wagon parade begins at 4 p.m. Saturday at "City Streets, Country Roads."

The Great Frederick Fair is at 797 E. Patrick St. Call 301-663-5895 or visit, www.the greatfrederickfair.com. For tickets, call 301-695-3928.

Nine lighthouses

If you've always wanted to visit a lighthouse, but never figured out which one to see, this weekend there's an event that will take you to nine of the state's sites. The 2004 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge provides a route that leads to historic lighthouses, as well as the Chesapeake Lightship, which is anchored at the Inner Harbor.

Participants can start the route at any of the lighthouses, which are Drum Point, Cove Point, Point Lookout, Piney Point, Fort Washington, Seven Foot Knoll/Chesapeake Lightship, Hooper Strait, Turkey Point and Concord Point. Collectible lighthouse cards will also be available, and participants who visit each location and have cards from all of them will also receive a collectible stamp.

The 2004 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge will be held on Saturday and Sunday. Most of the sites will charge their usual admission fee. For directions to each of the participating sites and fees, visit www.cheslights.org/challenge04.htm. For more information, call Calvert Marine Museum at 410-326-2042, ext. 32.

Cape May festival

Feast upon gourmet cuisine at the eighth annual Cape May Food and Wine Festival, presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts. Revel in five days of savory activities, tours and events for everyone from novice chefs to food connoisseurs.

Enjoy the "food-filled" activities, which include the Restaurant Relay Race, the Gourmet Tasting and Restaurant Tour, the Gourmet Marketplace, the Chef's Dine Around and the Beer Dinner at Aleathea's Restaurant, 7 Ocean St. Food and Wine Festival Gourmet Lunches are offered in addition to individual tasting, seminars and cooking classes at 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

The Cape May Food and Wine Festival takes place throughout Cape May on Saturday through Sept. 23. The Food and Wine Festival kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Savannah Key Ballroom at the Marquis de Lafayette Hotel at 501 Beach Drive with the Festival Lobsterbake, which costs $45. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit www.ca pemaymac.org.

-- Ashley Burrell

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