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April 21, 2005|By Ann McArthur

Old-time fair

Take a trip back in time at Fort Frederick State Park's 18th-Century Market Fair tomorrow when artisans, craftspeople and vendors will display such items as furniture, clothing, guns, powder horns and hunting bags for visitors to view or purchase. Expect to see puppet shows, magicians and music and balancing acts that were all the rage in the 18th century.

The 18th-Century Market Fair runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow at Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Road in the Cumberland Valley near Big Pool. Admission is $4, and free for those 12 and younger. Call 301-842-2155.

Literary festival

Read, write and relax at the sixth annual Bethesda Literary Festival this weekend in the heart of downtown Bethesda. Visitors can pop into many of the area's restaurants, retail businesses or arts organizations and find notable novelists, poets, journalists, nonfiction writers and children's authors and illustrators to visit with. Kids can participate in book parties, poetry slams and an essay contest. Washington-area actors, directors and playwrights will take part in the second annual Play in a Day, a performance in which the professionals craft eight 10-minute plays from themes given by the audience.

The Bethesda Literary Festival has events 7 p.m.-10 p.m. tomorrow, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and noon-7 p.m. Sunday. "Play in a Day" starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, 4301 East-West Highway. Free admission. For a complete listing of venues and events, call 301-215-6660 or visit www. bethesda.org.

Crave carvings?

If your carving experience goes beyond a big turkey at dinnertime, then the 35th annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition in Ocean City this weekend might be for you. Visitors can view demos, hear a lecture or take a class from professional carvers. Participants can enter their fish carvings, shorebirds, sculptures, painting or photography and get tips on their work from professionals. For the novice carver, classes in soap and feather carving with child-safe tools are available, and kids can learn shore bird calling with the "Little Quackers" and take home a free bird, while supplies last.

The Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Rowland Powell Convention Center, Ocean City. Admission is $8-$10, children 12 and younger are free. Call 410-742-4988 or visit www.wardmuseum.org.

--Ann McArthur

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