Event to celebrate fall's arrival

September 26, 2004

The Carroll County Farm Museum's annual Fall Harvest Days welcomes autumn with traditional harvest activities, as well as crafts, food and entertainment.

The two-day event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 3 on the farm museum grounds at 500 S. Center St. in Westminster.

Family activities for all ages include stuffing a life-size scarecrow, mule- and tractor-pulled wagon rides, meat butchering, vintage games and making apple butter.

The Mason-Dixon Historical Society will demonstrate shelling and threshing with steam engines.

Co-sponsor WPOC radio station will bring country singer Kerry Harvick at 3 p.m. Saturday. Harvick's single, "Cowgirls," is part of her debut album, which has not yet been released.

Other on-stage entertainment Saturday will include River Hill Band (bluegrass), Paradise Club (bluegrass), Jay Henley & Stone Broke (country) and the 4-H Performing Arts Club (country).

Oct. 3's entertainment features Late for Supper (old-time band), Sycamore Boys (bluegrass), Stillwater Band (country), Jennifer Rose (country) and the Carroll County Cloggers.

The Carroll County Artists Guild will hold an art show and sale both days. Local artists will sell watercolors, oils and acrylics.

Puppet shows by Venture Group will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3.

Families can stuff a scarecrow for $8; all materials are provided. Mule-pulled wagon rides cost $2.50 and tractor-pulled wagon rides are 50 cents.

The festival also features guided farmhouse tours, and self-guided tours of the Living History Center and exhibit buildings. The museum gift shop will be open.

Artisans such as blacksmiths, tinsmiths, spinners, weavers and quilters will demonstrate their skills.

Vendors will offer food ranging from fried chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers to pit beef and special harvest foods such as fresh-butchered meats and apple butter. About 50 craft vendors will have handmade crafts, including holiday items and gifts, for sale.

Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for ages 7 to 18 and 60 and older, and free for age 6 and younger with a paying adult.

Information: 410-848-7775, 410-876-2667 or 800-654-4645.

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