More than 4,000 people converged at Crofton Country Club Saturday to enjoy food, music and local vendors during the annual Spring's Festival on the Green.
Local vendors, food trucks and live performances dominated the day. Vendors included hand painted rocks and art décor for the home, henna tattoos, jewelry, clothing, natural bath and skin care products and face painting as well as home improvement and community related booths. Even pony rides and mechanical bull riding was available for the brave hearted.
Lines were long at the food trucks and food booths which offered everything from fresh lemonade and pretzels, to Greek delicacies, seafood and sweets.
Entertainment ran for the entire six-hour event and included performances that featured children, pets, traditional Hawaiian hula dancing, School of Rock's house band, as well and Nantucket Elementary School's Ukulele group, Dance Team and members of the Seussical Cast.
"It's so nice to see it so crowded, it reminds me of the old days," said Crofton resident Jackie Becker. "For a long time it wasn't very crowded and I've been coming 25 to 30 years."
Becker brought along six family members who enjoyed lemonade, pretzels and icy drinks.
"I've been doing the festival every year since it started," said vendor Dawn Scalza of Jazzercise of Crofton. "It's always a great event and it's much bigger this year and it's the most perfect spring day. I'm so happy."
Historic Linthicum Walks had a booth to educate the community about the gem hidden among the trees in Crofton. The historic home will be more visible soon as it is directly in front of the new Crofton High School.
Charities were not forgotten as Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church's bake sale and book sale raised nearly $600 for the Crofton Caring Christians Council's food pantry as well as $7,500 for community support such as the Light House Shelter, Sarah's House and an upcoming church mission.
Greater Crofton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Alissa Santoro pulled the event off without a hitch.
"With years of event planning experience [the festival] is something that I'm passionate about and I love to do for the community," said Santoro. "We absolutely received great customer feedback that it was a festival the community enjoyed and a lot of folks were happy about it.
"This year was bigger than we've had in years and we're looking forward to more interactive components for our fall Festival on the Green, Sept. 29."
The Crofton Farmer's Market returns Wednesday, 4-7 p.m. This is Anne Arundel County's largest farmers market with over 35 confirmed vendors.
The market offers an array of produce, meats, dairy, breads, flowers, collectibles and crafts. Food trucks and seating will be available.
The market is at the Crofton Country Club, 1691 Crofton Pkwy. For more information, contact Alissa J. Santoro of the Greater Crofton Chamber of Commerce at 410-721-9131 or h2Markets managers Chad Houck at 410-353-2861 or Scott Hariton at 410-693-3126.
On Saturday,Crofton Community Missions will hold its' 9th Annual Plant Sale. More than 10,000 plants will be for sale including annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, herbs, shrubs, native plants and more. Pots and planters and Mother's Day gifts will be available as will an "Ask a Master Gardener" booth.
A children's planting area will be designated at no cost. Guests may also enjoy the bake sale and Arundel Volunteer Fire Department's Pit Beef. All proceeds go to charity.
The sale is located at Arundel Volunteer Fire House #7, 2380 Davidsonville Road in Gambrills.
On Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., the Odenton Heritage Society will hold an open house. This month's display will feature "Civilians to Soldiers" about the new Army recruits at Camp Meade during World War I. The museum is at 1367 Odenton Road.
Admission is always free. For additional information, visit www.odentonheritage.org or contact Wylie Donaldson at 410-674-2677.