It might have felt more like summer, but that didn't deter a record-setting crowd from attending the Howard County Conservancy's Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 5, in Woodstock.
"The event was a big success," said Meg Schumacher Boyd, executive director. "Several new activities this year were very popular, including square dancing and wet plate photography in addition to longtime favorites like blacksmith shop demonstrations, hay rides and pony rides."
Boyd said the event attracted "more than 800. It was a bit larger than last year's record crowd."
The money raised from the $10 parking fee will go toward supporting educational programs, Boyd said, including a free guided hike offered on the second Saturday of every month.
Boyd added: "We have several free events coming up that the proceeds from the Fall Festival support. There is a program on 'creepy creatures' this Saturday, a hike to the Patapsco River in November and our natural holiday sale and crafts program in December."
The $10 per car charge was to "encourage families to carpool with neighbors," Boyd said. "We hope this model gets people thinking about carpooling, walking or biking to community events."
The Howard County Conservancy is a nonprofit environmental education center and land trust. The Conservancy is located on the 232-acre Mt. Pleasant Farm in Woodstock. For more information, go to http://www.hcconservancy.org or call 410-465-8877.