Mount Airy will celebrate the season at the 20th annual Mount Airy Downtown Business Association's Fall Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the downtown area.
Both days will feature activities for all ages, juried crafts and a variety of foods from vendors and Main Street restaurants. Town merchants and the Mount Airy Museum will be open.
A sampling of crafts includes folk art paintings and signs, wrought-iron objects, pottery, silk and dried flower arrangements, handmade soaps and lotions, handmade doll clothes, decoupage baskets, country furniture, hand-painted glassware, homemade jellies and jams, decorative accessories and handcrafted candles.
A children's section will feature pony rides, alpacas, face painting, tattoos, a moon bounce, a giant slide, a rock wall, an obstacle course, pumpkin painting and scarecrow-making.
Bill Knill will offer free hayrides, but riders are encouraged to donate canned goods to help restock the food pantry at Mount Airy NET, a community outreach program.
Folk artist Diane Waldron will display, sell and sign her work both days. And a private train garden - on Prospect Road across from the American Legion post - will be open to the public during the festival.
Entertainment will be featured on three stages.
Saturday's lineup includes the Mount Airy Bible Church Praise Band at 10 a.m., the Caballeros at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Jeb Baker at 10:45 a.m., a doughnut-eating contest at 11 a.m., Choe's Hapkido Karate at 11:30 a.m., a pie-eating contest at 1 p.m., Zion Mountain Boys at 1:15 p.m. and 4 p.m., Scott Barrett at 1:30 p.m., Montgomery Methodist Church Praise Band at 2 p.m., Steel Roots Christian Band at 3 p.m. and Skyview Gymnastics at 1:30 p.m.
Sunday's entertainment will include the Sykesville Raiders cheerleaders at noon, Michael Cavaliere at 12:30 p.m., & The Boys from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Skyview Gymnastics at 1:30 p.m., a spaghetti-eating contest at 2 p.m., and Frank Sinatra impersonator Steve Flynn at 2:30 p.m.
Main Street from Prospect Avenue to Hood Street will be closed for the festival from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Free shuttle buses will run every 15 minutes from the firemen's carnival grounds at Route 27 and Twin Arch Road to the downtown area.