Savagefest celebration is to be held next weekend

May 28, 2006

Savagefest, an annual community celebration, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. June 4.

The celebration is to begin with a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday from the festival grounds behind Carroll Baldwin Hall in Savage, down Savage-Guilford Road, Baltimore Street and Foundry Street, and finishing at the festival grounds.

Participants are to include the Savage and Elkridge volunteer fire companies, Elkridge Junior Firefighters, Laurel Boys and Girls Club Poms, Scout troops, a Curves Volkswagen, Miss Maryland Sweetheart Queen (Mariah Weinkauf, a Savage resident), and local candidates for public office.

Food will be supplied by Ma's Kettle and Avanti's restaurants; Boy Scout Troop 424 will sell hot dogs and snow cones. Twisted fries, hamburgers, Italian sausage, cotton candy, popcorn, lemonade and funnel cakes will be for sale.

A dunk tank, operated by the Savage Boys and Girls Club, is planned. Girl Scout Troop 147 will staff a crafts booth, with Father's Day crafts. For children, face painting, sand art, sand candy (edible sand art), fancy nails, balloon yoyos (sold by a clown) and wax hands are planned.

Rides and games are to include ponies, a "Wave-of-Fire" slide and an obstacle course for young children. Vendors will sell duct-tape wallets, marshmallow shooters, festive dog collars, handmade purses, popcorn T-shirts, hand-painted wine bottles and beer-box cowboy hats.

Saturday's live music will be by DoubleCrossed; entertainment by the Bollman Bridge Elementary School rhythm and dance team, and Kangaroo Kids precision jump-rope team. Music on June 5 will be provided by Beggars by Noon.

The Savage Historical Society's 2007 calendar, "Sketches of the Savage I Remember," will be available at the society's booth.

Bethel Christian Academy will offer a free health fair, with blood pressure and other screenings and health information, at the Savagefest, and Savage United Methodist Church will hold its Strawberry Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Information: Jennifer Weaver, 301-980-1439.

Around Town

Memorial Day service -- Laurel Volunteer Fire Department No. 1 will hold a Memorial Day service at 10:30 a.m. today at Historic Ivy Hill Cemetery, Sandy Spring Road. A wreath-laying by participating organizations is planned at 10:45 a.m. Everyone is welcome. 301-776-3600.

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