Annual Fallfest kicks off today

Weeklong events feature fun for all ages

September 17, 2006

The 29th annual Westminster Fallfest kicks off a week of activities today in the downtown area with the Fallfest Mile Run and the annual parade.

The Fallfest Mile is for those who can run a mile in 15 minutes or less. All participants must have pre-registered. The run starts at 3:45 p.m. on Main Street and will end at 4 p.m.

The parade will step off at 4 p.m. from Dutterer's Park down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street to East Middle School on Longwell Avenue. Floats, majorettes, bands and politicians will be featured in this two-hour extravaganza.

The next Fallfest event is an artist-signing sponsored by the Historical Society of Carroll County at 5 p.m. tomorrow at the Westminster fire hall. Connie Ward Woolard will sign copies of her print, Historic City of Westminster, Maryland - Est. 1764, at a wine and cheese reception. Reservations are required at 410-848-6494.

Starting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, residents can Dine Out for Fallfest. Baugher's, Frisco Family Pub, Harry's Main Street Grille, Legends Cafe, Maggie's, Paradiso Italian Restaurant and Park's Landing will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from dinner sales to Fallfest.

Fallfest opens Thursday on the city playground off Longwell Avenue with rides, games, food and music. Hours are from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. next Sunday.

For music lovers, the concert line-up features Argos (classic rock) on Thursday, Scotty Williams (country) on Friday, Beatwater (Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival) on Saturday, and Damon Foreman (jazz/funk) Sunday.

Other entertainment next weekend will include:

Saturday: Patty Neivert School of Dance at 10 a.m., Taneytown Dance Studio at 11 a.m., Westminster Bible Church at noon, Standard Delivery Jazz at 1 p.m., Carroll Gymnastics at 3 p.m., Carroll County School for the Performing Arts at 4 p.m., and State of the Arts Westminster Ballet at 5 p.m.

Sept. 24: Westminster Optimist Cheerleading at noon, State of the Arts Westminster Ballet at 1 p.m., Tri-Star Martial Arts at 2 p.m., Four County Squares at 3 p.m., Carroll County Cloggers at 4 p.m., and Carroll County School for the Performing Arts at 5 p.m.

The festival abounds with special family and children's activities. Arm band ride specials will be $15 on Thursday and Friday nights, and from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Kids Court offers children's activities and a prize for ages 10 and younger for a $1 donation. Those who love shopping can do so from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday at participating downtown merchants, some of whom will offer special-related activities.

Friday evening includes Kim Hall and Jodi Harman, followed by TriStar Martial Arts, performing on the Locust Lane stage, and In Fellowship and Christopher James singing at Giulianova Groceria. Main Street will be lined with a display of classic cars.

Wannabe singers can try their luck at the Karaoke Contest from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Sign up in advance at the information booth. Registration is $3 for adults and $2 for children. The judges will pick three adults and three children from 20 contestants for the finals at 3 p.m.

The Celebrity Pie Eating Contest is at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Teens who like to dance can attend Teen Time from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the YMCA on Route 32. Admission is $5 and registration is required at 410-848-3660.

A free narrated bus tours of historic Westminster buildings is new this year. Tours will be available from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Each year, the Fallfest committee designates four nonprofit organizations that receive the profits from the event.

This year's charities are Carroll Hospice, Habitat for Humanity of Carroll County, Kiwanis Clubs of Westminster, and Mission of Mercy.

Information: 410-848-9000.

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