Soggy conditions couldn’t dampen the spirits of 29th annual Linthicum Fair organizers.
The location changed, slightly, to accommodate for rain-soaked sod. Instead of setting up at the usual location of St. John’s field, right across the road from St. John Lutheran Church, vendors and performers were stationed primarily in the church’s parking lot.
This isn’t the first time in the fair’s history it had to relocate because of the weather.
“One year we moved the fair to the following weekend and we found out that didn’t work,” said Linthicum Fair Chair Sandy Hartzell. “One year we had a swampy field and we had the fair partially inside and partially outside and that was just way too cramped.
“So, this year we used the lot on the corner because it was the driest spot we had and the parking lot. Everybody was nice and cozy but we got along good.”
Themed “Around the World,” the fair, held on the last Saturday of September each year, kicked off with a parade that included local businesses, schools, clubs and groups, as well as the newly appointed Honorary Mayor of Linthicum, Paul Coakley.
“He was selected to be the Honorary Mayor of Linthicum because of the many volunteer activities that he led,” said Bernie Simon, Honorary Mayor Chairman. “As president or chairman, he was a role model to the members of the various groups and was the key to their successful accomplishments.”
Coakley has served the Linthicum community for decades, including taking on the role as president and vice president of the Linthicum Elementary School PTA . He has also served Cub Pack 550 and Boy Scout Group 550 as an adult scouter.
Coakley is president of the Linthicum Decorating Committee — an organization he founded — and president of the Veterans’ Memorial Committee. He also volunteers for Meals on Wheels.
“(Volunteering) is something I’ve always done,” Coakley said. “People have helped me throughout my life so when I can do something to pay it forward, I’m happy to do it.”
Coakley and his family moved to Linthicum from Pennsylvania when he was an infant, about 73 years ago. Although he’s switched homes, he’s never moved outside of the 21090 zip code.
“I just love Linthicum,” Coakley said. “I went to the schools here, I played sports here and have been involved with all of these organizations, so if I can do something to represent us in a positive sense, I definitely want to do it.”
The introduction of the town’s new Honorary Mayor wasn’t the only parade highlight. Floats that incorporated the fair’s theme into their design made their way along the route, too. The peace on Earth-themed float from Linthicum Heights UMC was awarded first place in the float contest, Edna Lee Dance Studio won second and St. John’s Nursery School came in third.
Once the parade made its way to the church, fair attendees were greeted to rows of crafters and vendors, kid’s rides, games, and activities on the lot, as well as part of St. John’s lawn. Going along with the fair’s theme, flags from around the world were flown from some of the vendor stands and a few sampled treats from different countries.
The Linthicum Seventh-Day Adventist Church distributed popular food items from Spain and Holy Cross Orthodox Church provided Mediterranean-themed crepes.
Hartzell estimates between 4,000 and 5,000 people attended the parade and fair.
“I think everyone had a great time,” she said. “It seemed like there were lots of people there all day long.”
Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser Oct. 13 4-7 p.m. Tickets are $8 and children 6 and under are free.
Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the church and the Lansdowne Interfaith Food Pantry. Call 410-859-5633 for more information.
The Ferndale Garden Club seeks vendors for its Christmas Tea, scheduled for Nov. 18 at Michaels Eighth Avenue, 1–4 p.m. Space rentals is $30. For reservations or information, call Jackie Mepstead at (410) 768-2569 or Susan Smouse at (410) 760-4281.
The GFWC Woman’s Club of Linthicum Heights will host a general meeting Oct. 9 at 10:30 a.m. at its clubhouse, 110 N. Hammonds Ferry Road in Linthicum Heights. Candidates who would represent the area if elected are scheduled to participate in a political forum at the meeting.
State senatorial, House of Delegates, county executive and county council candidates will be on-hand to discuss local issues and topics.
The public is welcome to attend. Parking is available in the St. John Lutheran Church parking lot.
Call Kay Reiser at (410) 859-3205 for more information.
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