Baltimore's best kept secret is its German heritage and it awaits you at the 113th annual German Festival being held at the Timonium Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 27. 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, July 28t, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy the music of local German bands, traditional folk dancing and choral singing. Also available are imported and local crafts, collectibles and, for children, wall climbing, a puppet show, face painting and crafts. Authentic German foods and drink also will be featured. And don't worry about the hot weather — the festival is held in the air-conditioned Exhibition Building. Parking is free. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and active military. Children under 12 with paying adult are admitted free. For information call 410-979-5138.
Calling all feline lovers! The 35th annual Hidden Peak Cat Club show will take place at the Maryland State Fairgrounds Aug. 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Think your average tabby can't be a show cat? Come see many kinds of households pets compete with the best of them. Any nonpedigreed cat is eligible to enter. But make no mistake; these kitties can turn on the charm to earn their way into the judge's top ten. Many people think cats can't be trained. To dispel that myth, Hidden Peak Cat Club Show will host a cat agility competition. Cats will negotiate weave polls, jump through hoops and dash through tunnels in timed trials. The agility course is basically the same course that dogs run, but smaller, and the competitors are faster. Winning times can be ten seconds or less!
The main event will showcase the judging of more than 300 pedigreed cats; from the pampered Persian and rugged Maine Coons to more exotic breeds such as the hairless Sphynx and the mysterious Birman. Very rare breeds, such as the American Curl and Scottish Folds and Burmillas will also be looking toward capturing top honors. These rare breeds have been showcased on Animal Planet. These cats are the finest examples of the Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) recognized breeds.
In addition to the judging of cats, this two-day event will have vendors selling cat toys, teasers, cat trees, furniture, fine jewelry, clothing, and collectibles. Purebred cats and kittens will be available for sale, and several local cat rescue groups will have feline pet adoptions.
Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for seniors/children and $16 for a family of 4. Tickets are available at the door and parking is free. The event is being held in the air-conditioned large exhibit hall. To enter a cat for this show, exhibitors can visit http://www.catshowentries.com Visit our website http://www.catshowsmd.com or call 301- 509-1454 for additional information.
Calvert Hall High School juniors Steve Hornish, Josh Meek, Sean Nelan and Jack Robinson were the highest ranking high school team at the Seafarer Chapter's Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International competition held at Webster Field, St. Iningoes, Md., from June 19-22, . The competition included 35 teams, including seven international and five high school teams. The Calvert Hall foursome finished 22nd overall and ahead of college teams from the University of Missouri, Illinois Institute of Technology, Simon Frazier University, University of Arizona, Drexel University, Istanbul Technical University, University of Alberta, and Escuela Tencia Superiro de Ingenieros Navales (Spain).Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun