Sykesville Fall Festival set for Saturday, if skies clear

Sykesville's Main Street will be filled with music, dancing, food and crafts on Saturday for the annual Fall Festival.

Now in its 40th year, the festival promises something for everyone, as long as skies are clear.

A prediction of rain through Saturday has organizers worried, however.

"Hopefully, the weather will clear," said Ivy Wells, main street manager for Sykesville Main Street which organizes the festival.

"Late Friday night, we'll make a decision," she said earlier this week. "If it is supposed to drizzle all day, we'll cancel. People are bringing their crafts and can't set up in the rain. It's dangerous, too, especially for the performers."

If canceled, all would not be lost. A rain date of Oct. 19 is already planned and ready to go.

This year, a children's court will be set up in the parking lot of E.W. Beck's off Main Street. There will be a variety of inflatables for all to bounce as well as the usual fall activities such as pumpkin painting, scarecrow making and a hay maze. There is no cost, but donations will be welcomed to benefit the Sheppard Pratt Health System.

The day will also feature performances and demonstrations by local dance groups, karate schools and cheerleading troupes.

Students from Liberty High School will perform scenes from the school's upcoming production of "Shrek" and there will be Punch & Judy puppet shows.

"There will be activities all day," Wells said. "Stores [on Main Street] will be open and have special sales."

Miss Maryland, Christina Denny, is also scheduled to appear.

New this year will be a "Main Street Fashion Show," which will feature items and services offered by the businesses on Main Street, Wells said.

In addition to showing off outfits and jewelry featured at the businesses, the show will also tell a story, according to Wells.

"It is a mini play, too," Wells said. "It's not just a fashion show."

Food from Main Street businesses, including E.W. Beck's crabcakes and French Twist's crepes, will be available.

Vendors will also be selling New Orleans-style food, kennel corn, funnel cakes, hot dogs and more.

Like all Main Street Sykesville events, the weekend festival is a fundraiser, with proceeds going to purchase new trash/recycle combo containers for Main Street as well as a bike rack, Wells said.

"There is always something to raise money for," Wells said.

Visitors are encouraged to park at Freedom Park, where a shuttle bus will transport them to the festivities.

Wells encourages everyone to check or Facebook for updates on the festival and the weather.

Sykesville Fall Festival is scheduled for Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street, Sykesville.

Rain date is Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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