Don't put away those lawn chairs yet; a new parade is coming to town.
The Francis Scott Key High School Homecoming Parade will march through Taneytown starting at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Beginning at Taneytown Elementary and Northwest Middle schools on Kings Drive, it will flow up Trevanion Road, move west on Baltimore Street, end at Memorial Park and last about 30 minutes.
"It's exciting. People are excited," said Jen Gosselin, an FSK counselor and a Student Government Association co-adviser overseeing the event. She said this is the school's first official parade in nearly 20 years, when the school used to hold small parades through Uniontown.
According to Gosselin, the parade was actually the city's idea. The Taneytown City Council reached out to the school with the aim of building community, she said.
Gosselin said the event is all FSK and community-based. Wantz Chevrolet and Crouse Ford are providing vehicles for the homecoming court and the mayors of Taneytown, New Windsor and Union Bridge. And, of course, fire trucks from each of the three community's fire departments are expected to participate, too.
In addition, there will be floats and groups walking in the parade, Gosselin said, including local sports teams, the FSK Marching Band and the two Powder Puff teams - and cheerleaders - who'll face off at FSK stadium after the parade at 7 p.m.
Tickets to the juniors vs. seniors Powder Puff football game are $2 for senior citizens and students and $5 for adults, with all proceeds benefiting the Student Government Association.
Gosselin said the school hopes to be able to make the parade an annual community event that's rotated through the three communities and surrounding areas that support FSK students and their families.
In case of rain, the parade will be canceled and the game will be played "by ear," Gosselin said. "So we're praying for good weather," she said.
The school is at 3825 Bark Hill Road, Uniontown.
For more information, contact Jen Gosselin or Becky Bachtel at 410-751-3320.
Church hosting fest
Mayberry First Church of God will have its Fallfest from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 5.
Entertainment for the whole family includes carnival games, a bounce house, pumpkin decorating, face painting, cakewalks, a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, a silent auction and the William F. Myers Sons Band, which will perform from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
The event is free, open to the public and will be held rain or shine.
There will be pit beef and ham, pulled-pork barbecue, hot dogs, Baugher's ice cream, funnel cakes and other foods available for purchase.
For more information, contact Debbie Carl at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-346-7462.
The church is at 2428 Mayberry Road, Mayberry.
In celebration of the 230th anniversary of its founding in 1783 by German immigrants, St. Luke's (Winter's) Lutheran Church in New Windsor is hosting its annual Oktoberfest from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 5.
There will be live German-style music by the Steve Lesniewski Duo, dancing, children's activities and authentic German cuisine, including bratwurst, sauerbraten and specially baked apple desserts. In addition, fall items will be for sale.
Admission is free and open to the public.
For more information, call the church at 410-635-6177.
St. Luke's is at 701 Green Valley Road.
The Taneytown branch of the Carroll County Public Library will host the program "Unshackling History: Reliving Experiences from American Slavery" at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Historian Anthony Cohen, of the Menare Foundation, will discuss his research methods and experiences tracing the Underground Railroad by foot, boat and rail from Maryland to Canada in 1996, including a six-hour journey in a wooden box like the one fugitive Henry Box Brown endured when he mailed himself to freedom in 1849.
The event is free and open to those 13 and older; advance registration is not required.
Those requiring an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication should contact Gina Valentine at 410-386-3800, 888-302-8978, MD Relay 7-1-1/1-800-735-2258 or email@example.com no later than 72 hours before the event for assistance.
For more information, visit http://www.library.carr.org or call the library at 410-386-4510.
The library is at 10 Grand Drive, Taneytown.