If the weather holds up, the annual festival, is one of the largest on the East Coast, draws as many as 250,000 people to the Towson Courthouse area each year, Hafford said.

Admission is free, and hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. The festival stretches from York Road to Bosley Avenue between Allegheny Avenue and Susquehanna Avenue.

For youngsters, the event offers moon bounces, carnival games, face painting, pony rides and a petting zoo.

For ages 8 to 18, the Army National Guard is offering a Humvee on display, an obstacle course, basketball shoot, bungee jump and rock climbing wall. There will also be an antique car display.


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In addition to music on the entertainment stages, the annual "SingFest at the SpringFest" competition will be held. First prize is $300. Call 410-825-1144 for more information or to schedule and audition.

For the Towsontown festival, parking will available for $5 in any of the Baltimore County Revenue Authority high rise garages and the Towson Commons garage.

Proceeds from the festival go to community events such as the chamber's Friday Night Feet on the Street block parties, the Christmas Tree lighting festivities, the weekly farmers market, scholarships and the maintenance of banner, flowers and flower baskets in downtown Towson.

Local service clubs, such as the Rotary, the Jaycees and Kiwanis, also use money they make at the festival for their service projects.

"The bigger and better the attendance, the bigger and better the festival grows," Hafford said. "Vendors and visitors keep coming back and they spread the word. The festival builds on its on success."

For a full list of events and vendors go to http://www.towsonspringfestival.com. For more information, call the chamber on 410-825-1144 or go to http://www.towsonspringfestival.com.