Among the more unique offerings was a stand offering pen flowers, wallets, lanyards, hair bows and other items made out of duct tape.

"Everybody has been pretty interested," said Christina Vaughn, the Arbutus Duct Tape Lady, in her first year at the festival.

The Halethorpe resident said she began her business about a year ago at the behest of her daughter, Serena, now 11.

She said when she heard the festival had one spot remaining for the Sept. 9 event, "I said, 'Give it to me!' "


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Near the KidZone, Chris Adair and Catonsville resident Scott Westcoat enjoyed the opportunity to open the doors to their Frederick Road bicycle shop that they plan to open in October.

"We're spreading the word, offering free bike check-ups, getting to know the community," said Adair, an Annapolis area resident who plans to commute to the shop on his bicycle.

"I love this community," he said. "I come up here to ride a lot, to Ellicott City, Patapsco (Valley) State Park."

Further down Frederick Road, Holly Trevino was enjoying the foot traffic and visitors to her Twins Polish Pottery stand.

She said she has been coming to the festival for more than a decade to sell her blue and white stoneware.

"It's very family friendly. It brings a good crowd, even when it rains," said the Mt. Airy resident, referring to the downpours that plagued the festival several years ago.

"It's a lot of fun and we do well here. We have our regular customers," she said. "The atmosphere, I enjoy it so much. It's like my day off. My husband's home with the kids and once I get set up, I really enjoy it.

"It's very family friendly," she said. "I know it's outside (Washington) D.C., but it has this real small town feel to it."