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Elvis is coming to Sykesville

Elvis is coming! Elvis is coming!

Actually, the big news is that the Sykesville-Freedom District fire company is getting ready to open its newly rebuilt fire hall and social building. A Tribute to Elvis on Feb. 2 just happens to be the first event in the showplace banquet hall.


Deputy Chief Brett Pearce said, "I'm excited for the public to see it. It doesn't even look like a fire hall."

The new facility features two large community meeting rooms with a movable wall to create the full-size banquet space. Each side can hold about 250 people, so the building can host two large events at once, or just one very large event.


The new space has all modern electronics and a fully professional kitchen, as well.

"This gives people a large banquet hall in the heart of our area. People don't have to leave Sykesville for large events now," Pearce said.

The inaugural event, scheduled for 7 to 11 p.m., will feature the talents of Mike Hoover in the Tribute to Elvis. "He tours all over Europe and Japan," Pearce said.

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The night includes food, sodas, setups, and a cash bar with beer and liquor specials. The menu includes fried chicken, french fries, coleslaw, barbecue, desserts and, of course, peanut butter and banana sandwiches, an Elvis favorite.

Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at the fire hall or online at

. You can also call 888-695-0888. Online or phone ticket sales do not incur any additional fees and enable you to use a credit card to buy tickets.

For more information, call 410-596-1287 or email



The fire company is at 6680 Sykesville Road, Sykesville.

Here's to health

Pack up your health and fitness questions and bring them out to the 10th Annual Freedom Fitness & Health Expo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the South Carroll Senior and Community Center. Take this opportunity to learn more about your health, diet and exercise options.

Browse through the vendor booths for all kinds of information. You can get health screenings, free massages, and enter for contests and giveaways. "We're actually sold out on vendor spots," Freedom Fitness Coordinator Tracy Cox said.

For the kids, there will be face painting, balloon animals and a clown. Kids ages 5 to 10 can try out a free Zumbatomic class at 12:30 p.m.

You can enjoy the entertainment, as well. The Stepping Stars Children's Dance classes will perform, as well as the Freedom Fire Stars Baton Team and Freedom Recreation Tae Kwon Do.

Freedom Fitness will be represented by five different Zumba groups and the Belly Dance/Bhangra Class. The South Carroll Robotics Team will also be giving demonstrations throughout the day.

You can also get a break from cooking Sunday dinner by coming to the Fitness & Health Expo. Salerno's will have a host of healthy menu options for sale, including a shrimp salad wrap, a pit turkey sandwich and many more choices.

Call 410-795-9101 or email Cox at for more information, or visit

The South Carroll Senior and Community Center is at 5928 Mineral Hill Road, Eldersburg.