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Westminster Flower and Jazz Festival set for Saturday

Westminster's annual Flower and Jazz Festival typically attracts 5,000 to 6,000 people to Main Street and despite rain in the forecast for Saturday, city recreation and parks program manager Robin Cherney has no doubt attendance will be strrong again this year.

"Absolutely, rain or shine, they're going to come out," Cherney said Friday.

The city's annual festival geared toward mothers on Mother's Day weekend will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Main Street will be blocked off from Longwell Avenue to John Street.

More than 100 vendors, including local nurseries and specialty crafts, are scheduled to participate in the 23rd annual festival, which is up from previous years, Cherney said.

There also will be live music in front of the Westminster Branch Library and on the west end by Rafael's Restaurant, she said.

While many of the vendors sell products geared toward moms, Cherney said the event isn't just for moms.

"There are things for dad and things for dad to buy for mom," she said with a laugh.

All moms will receive a free gift if they visit the information table.

Local sculptor Toby Mendez will be at the Westminster Branch Library at 10 a.m. to announce his next sculpture to be placed in the Mary Lou Dewey Sculpture Park in front of the library. Attendees will have the chance to meet Mendez, who is known for the Thurgood Marshall Memorial and six bronze sculptures of the Orioles Baseball Hall of Fame players.

The Flower and Jazz Fun Run Walk and 5K is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at the Wakefield Valley Community Trail.

There will be a 200-yard dash for children ages 6 and under at 9 a.m., and a 1-mile fun run at 9:15 a.m. for ages 7 and up. The timed 5K will begin at 9:30 a.m.

There is a $20 registration fee per person or $35 per twosome. Proceeds benefit the Carroll County Youth Services Bureau and the Westminster Family Fitness Center group Fitness Program.

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