Dottie Freeman, manager of the Carroll County Farm Museum, oversees a lot of the events at the Farm Museum's grounds, but one of her favorites happens to be the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration.
With the holiday just around the corner, Freeman gave some insight on this Carroll County tradition.
Q: The Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks have been a long-standing tradition at the Carroll County Farm Museum. Tell me why this event has become such a tradition.
A: I am of the opinion that there is a child in everyone. Watching the sky light up with colorful designs and hearing the boom as they ascend up to the clouds brings cheers from the multitude of visitors, young and older. The Old-Fashioned July Fourth Celebration at the Carroll County Farm Museum has become a family tradition for many within Carroll County and surrounding areas. The fact that the Farm Museum is gated with security measures in place and lots of pre-planned parking, entry and exit, makes for a more comfortable family environment for all ages.
Q: What are the activities and entertainment available during the celebration?
A: The Old-Fashioned Celebration portion of this event preceding the fireworks begins at noon with the Young Marines raising the American Flag at the stage area with everyone invited to sing the 'Star-Spangled Banner.'
Entertainment continues on stage throughout the day until 7 p.m. Performances include the Elderly Brothers, The Carroll County Cloggers, Standard Delivery Combo and the JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra. The members of this orchestra support the fight against diseases such as MS and juvenile diabetes. This summer they will be hosting an event to help injured military veterans and their families.
'Uncle Sam' will be strolling the grounds and Jerry Brown is back again with his little monkey pal, Django.
All Farm Museum buildings are open for touring with artisans demonstrating skills of the late 1800s. The museum's gift shop will be stocked with lots of homemade items and items supporting the red, white and blue. Traditional old-fashioned children's games are scheduled the entire day, including the ever-popular sack race, a sponge relay, apple toss, sing-a-long songs, story time and much more.
Jim Sayler will be here with his mule-pulled wagon rides. A moon bounce will be on site. [Visitors can] enjoy a variety of delicious foods for sale. Craft vendors will be selling their inventory. And picnickers can claim one of the many picnic tables surrounding the inner grounds.
Q: What is the cost of the event?
A: This year, the cost to get in the entire day is $5 a carload. From noon until 5 p.m. the Farm Museum will be collecting the $5 a carload fee. The Kiwanis Club of Westminster will be collecting the $5 a carload fee from 5 p.m. 'til the fireworks.
Q: The Kiwanis Club of Westminster has been coordinating the fundraising for the fireworks for a couple of years now. How has that partnership benefited the Farm Museum?
A: This partnership has allowed the fireworks portion of this event to continue. The Farm Museum does not have money in the budget to support the cost of the fireworks. Working with the Kiwanis contact person, Tom Welliver, has proved to be very beneficial to the museum as together we work through all the logistics; and there are many.