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Carroll County Times

Surf and Turf Summertime Fun Festival caters to Carroll residents of all ages

The Carroll County Farm Museum's seventh annual Surf and Turf/Summertime Fun Festival is back again, combining a Carroll County tradition of farming with a Maryland love of seafood, while offering activities and entertainment for all ages.

The Surf and Turf event began in 2006, according to Farm Museum Park Superintendent Dottie Freeman, as a way to mimic the Seafood Festival held at the museum years ago.

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"I know Carroll County loves seafood, but we're sort of landlocked here," Freeman said. "Being a farm with beef we parceled it together to make it Surf and Turf."

The July 21 event will be held from 3-8 p.m., starting later in the day than it has in past years, according to Bonnie Hood, events and marketing coordinator for the Farm Museum.

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"The reason why we did it later is so people can come out after the blazing hot sun and enjoy an evening out here with some good eats and activities for everyone," Hood said.

Freeman said this year there will be misting tents at the event, where people can cool off and take a break from the heat.

On average the festival draws a crowd of 2,000 to 3,000 people to the Farm Museum each year, Hood said.

But Freeman said it really depends on the weather that day, and in the past when the weather was nice around 5,000 people have come to the event.

The main attraction at the festival each year is the food, Freeman said.

There will be an assortment of seafood and beef cuisine available for purchase, and the Knights of Columbus Westminster Council 1393 will be selling beer for anyone 21 or older.

"When you have good crabs, and we have the tables all covered with brown paper and the hammers you use to break the crabs apart, I think people really just enjoy sitting down and talking across the table," Freeman said. "It takes a little while to shell a whole crab, so you're sitting there and conversing. This is what the Farm Museum is all about - bringing people together and bringing back memories."

The festival will feature live entertainment, including performances by Big Cam and the Lifters and Never, Never.

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There will be a variety of activities at the event for both children and adults to enjoy, Hood said.

Activities include a horseshoe contest, dunking booth, moon bounce, crafts, an assortment of old-fashioned children's games, mule-drawn wagon rides and more, she said. The moon bounce and wagon rides will each have a small fee.

Guided tours of the Farmhouse,the Living History Center and other exhibit buildings with artisans demonstrating old-time skills will be available for anyone in attendance.

Visitors can also enjoy a classic car show that has spots available for 200 cars, although normally 80 to 90 classic cars register for the show, Hood said.

Freeman said the car show is one of her favorite parts of the Surf and Turf/Summertime Fun Festival each year.

"I enjoy going out looking at those. I used to be able to tell a '57 Chevy from a '55 Chevy, but now I can't tell one from another," she said, laughing. "We try to do different things to make it a fun summertime event out on the farm for everyone."


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