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Two more chances for cycle fans to 'start your engines'

Cystic Fibrosis

The 17th annual Kevin McNicholas Short Track Series of Motorcycle Racing has two remaining sessions open to the public — Fridays, Aug. 5 and Aug. 12, with practices starting at 5 p.m. and races beginning at 7 p.m. both days.

The racing is held at the Timonium State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium.

Temperatures will be warm, no doubt, but don't worry — the members of the Cockeysville Optimist Club will have plenty of refreshments available.

The event is sponsored by the Baltimore County Trail Riders Association, with proceeds benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Admission is $10 and children ages 8 and under are free. Parking also is free.

For additional information, go to http://www.bctra.com.

The Baltimore County Trail Riders Association is a group of motorcycle enthusiasts dedicated to promoting and preserving the sport of motorcycle riding and racing. The club is an American Motorcyclist Association chartered club.

One of the best things about summertime is the opportunity to browse and shop at some of the farmers markets in the area.

The new Baltimore County Farmers Market is held at the north gate of the State Fairgrounds, on Wednesdays, 3 to 6 p.m., continuing through October 26.

The market features local produce, meats, eggs, flowers, goods, gifts and more.

Don't forget that there's also the Greenspring Station Farmers Market, held at the Stone Mill parking lot at Joppa and Falls roads, Saturdays, 2 to 5 p.m., through Nov. 19. This market features locally grown products, baked goods, confections and other items from around the region.

The 33rd annual Hidden Peak Cat Fanciers' Association Cat Club Show is coming to the Timonum State Fairgrounds, Aug. 13-14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, and will feature a "10-ring show."

In addition to displays, and information about exoticcats, the show features a Household Pets competition, which will be judged in 10 separate "rings" — with a chance for prizes in each ring.

The highest scoring house pets will be recognized in a ceremony and showered with prizes.

To enter a cat for the show, exhibitors can visit http://www.catshowentries.com. For more information, call 301-509-1454.

The annual event also showcases cats from the most popular to the more exotic breeds, from the Persian and Maine coon to the hairless sphynx and the birman. Many owners will be on hand to discuss their cats and explain the characteristics of their various breeds.

In addition to the 300 purebred cats at the show, there will be approximately 150 exhibitors representing 40 breeds.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and children, and $16 for a family. Tickets are available at the door and parking is free.

The event will be held in the air-conditioned large exhibition hall.

In addition to the judging of cats, the event will have vendors selling cat toys, teasers, furniture, jewelry, clothing and collectibles.

Purebred cats and kittens will be available for sale, and several local cat rescue organizations will have feline pet adoptions.

The Cat Fanciers' Association is the largest purebred feline registry in the world.

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