Carroll County Times

And they're off: Preakness party at the library

With the Preakness right around the corner, the Westminster branch of the Carroll County Public Library is throwing a party to celebrate.

The party is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Mary Lou Dewey Sculpture Park at the Westminster branch. The event is free, all ages are invited, although it is targeted toward elementary school-aged children and no preregistration is required.

The Preakness, held each May in Baltimore, is the second race of the Triple Crown of horse racing.

Children will participate in their own race at the library where, instead of horses, the kids will use giant hop-along balls, said Pat Hahn, a library associate. There will be several other games including a scavenger hunt for horse-related items, find the sugar cube in the hay stack and a balloon stomp.

There will also be crafts such as decorating hats, Hahn said.

Extravagant hats worn by females attending Preakness is a tradition and adults that would like to make a Preakness hat will have the opportunity to enter their hats in a competition.

Children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Refreshments will be served.

Stella Foutes, a library associate, suggests children wear comfortable clothing to run, hop and jump in.

The party is primarily targeted for elementary school-aged children.