Festival offers 4 days of fun

Fallfest: The charity fund-raiser opens tonight in Westminster with rides, games and entertainment for the entire family.

September 23, 2004

Carroll County's largest charitable event, Westminster Fallfest, opens tonight with rides, food, games, family activities and music at the Westminster City Playground.

The four-day festival - which brings together civic, business and nonprofit organizations with the Westminster Parks and Recreation Department and radio station WTTR - donates thousands of dollars to four charities each year.

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, a mobile medical clinic that provides free services. Last year's organizations received more than $25,000.

Fallfest is open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. today and tomorrow, with ride wristbands available for $12 with a coupon and $15 without. Old-fashioned bingo will also be featured. Other activities, which continue all four days, will include a Kid's Court and scarecrow-making.

Music will be provided by the Full Gospel Boogie Band today and the Beatwater Tribute tomorrow. Also, parade float awards will be presented at 7 p.m. today.

Tomorrow's special event is Midnight Madness Shopping Downtown, during which many downtown businesses will stay open late.

On Saturday, the festival goes into full swing from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with craft tables and booths featuring nonprofit groups and commercial businesses.

WTTR will sponsor a karaoke contest from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Contestants will be divided into two age groups - an adult category for age 13 and older and a children's division for age 12 and younger. Ten contestants from each division will compete from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. After the judges pick the top three from each group, the finalists will perform again and two grand prize winners will be chosen.

Anyone interested in vying for the karaoke title can sign up at the information booth today and tomorrow and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. A raffle drawing will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday to determine the contestants, and the registration fee is $3 for adults and $2 for children.

Festival-goers also can watch local personalities compete in the Baugher's Celebrity Pie Eating Contest at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Participants will include the mayor of Westminster, a school principal, a disc jockey, a police officer, a Fallfest official and local business people. For a $3 fee, spectators can guess who will win and be entered into a drawing for a basket filled by local merchants. Proceeds will go to the American Diabetes Association.

Music on Saturday will be provided by the Back Pages Band from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Also Saturday, the Carroll County Family YMCA will hold a Fallfest Teen Time dance from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the center on Route 32. Teens in fifth to ninth grades can enjoy sports, games, a moon bounce, a disc jockey, give-aways and concessions. Tickets are $5. All teens must register in advance. Information: 410-848-3660, ext. 222.

Fallfest will wrap up from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday with roving entertainer the Banjo Man and music by Damon Foreman in Blue Funk from noon to 4 p.m. The Call for Coats program also will collect winter coats for the needy all day Sunday.

Wristband ride specials for Saturday and Sunday are good from noon to 6 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday will also feature a variety of stage entertainment and demonstrations. The schedule is as follows:


10 a.m.: Westminster Church of God.

11 a.m.: Four County Square Dance.

Noon: Sonrise Church.

1:30 p.m.: State of the Art and Westminster Ballet.

2 p.m.: Calvary Christian Fellowship.

3 p.m.: Carroll Gymnastics.

3:30 p.m. Carroll County Children's Chorus.

4 p.m.: Winters Mill High School Dance Team.

5 p.m.: Carroll County School for the Performing Arts.


Noon: Westminster Optimist Cheerleading Association.

1 p.m.: Angels All-Star Cheerleading.

1:30 p.m.: State of the Art and Westminster Ballet.

2 p.m.: Carroll County Cloggers.

2:30 p.m.: Patty Neivert School of Dance.

3:30 p.m.: Carroll County School for the Performing Arts.

4:30 p.m.: Chris and Martha Abshire.

Information: 410-848-9393.

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