Westminster Fallfest parade is today

September 19, 2004

Westminster Fallfest week will start with the annual parade at 3 p.m. today, then continue with the festival Thursday to Sept. 26 at the city playground.

The parade, which includes floats, marching units, majorettes, civic groups and bands, will begin at Dutterer Family Park on Monroe Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, east on Main Street to Longwell Avenue to East Middle School.

The festival opens from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday with rides, food and games, scarecrow-making and bingo. The Full Gospel Boogie Band will perform in concert.

The festival will run from the same hours on Friday, but many downtown merchants will participate in the Midnight Madness shopping until midnight. The Beatwater Tribute will also perform.

The festival goes into full swing from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday with arts and crafts vendors, nonprofit booths, commercial vendors, contests and music by the Back Pages Band in the evening.

The Carroll County Family YMCA will hold a Fallfest Teen Time dance from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the center on Route 32.

Children in fifth to ninth grades are welcome to enjoy games, a moon bounce, Disc Jockey George, prizes and concessions.

Tickets are $5, available in advance from the YMCA. All teens must register in advance. Information: 410-848-3660, ext. 222.

The festival concludes Sept. 26 with music from Damon Foreman in Blue Funk. The Call for Coats will collect coats for the needy at the event.

Ride specials are $15 per day for unlimited rides (noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday only). Coupons for $3 off are available from the recreation department.

Each year, Fallfest chooses four organizations to receive the proceeds from the festival.

This year's charities are Habitat for Humanity of Carroll County, Human Services Programs of Carroll County, Kiwanis Clubs of Westminster and Mission of Mercy. Information: 410-848-9393.

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