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Race and parade in Sykesville set for July 1

Spectators cheer runners as they finish the race during the Coolest Mile on Main Street in downtown Sykesville in 2017. This year's event is set for Sunday, July 1.

Sykesville is the place to be on Sunday, July 1. The Farmers Market opens at 9 a.m. to welcome all — including runners and parade-watchers — to town in time for the third third annual Coolest Mile on Main Street followed by the first Let Freedom Ring Parade to celebrate the Fourth of July a few days early.

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Race, parade in Sykesville

First, it’s the third annual Coolest Mile on Main Street. The race starts at Sykesville Middle School with a lap around the fields, then a fast downhill to end on Main Street in the “Coolest Small Town in America.” Refreshments and activities at the end of the race.


Heat 1, suggested for those able to run a 12-minute mile or faster, will be time and begins at 1 p.m. For those who do not want to be timed, Heat 2 begins at 1:15 p.m. Parking is available in downtown Sykesville and at Sykesville Middle School. Springfield Avenue and Main Street will be closed at 1 p.m.

At 2 p.m., the Sykesville Let Freedom Ring Parade will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. The parade begins at Sykesville Middle School and the route is the length of historic Main Street. It will include floats, marching units, organized groups, and vehicles traveling on Main Street with the patriotic spirit of the holiday.


Awards for floats will be announced at the after-parade party, which will be held directly following the end of the parade at the Farmers Market location (714 Sandosky Road) with a float viewing area, live music, and food and drink.

When: Sunday, July 1 (race at 1 p.m., parade at 2 p.m.)

Where: Downtown Sykesville

Cost: Free to view parade; fees for race

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Around the county

Star Spangled Evening in the Valley

River Valley Ranch in Manchester present its Star Spangled Evening in the Valley, a family-friendly event featuring firewords that supports the ministry of River Valley Ranch.

In addition to what is billed as one of the area’s best fireworks displays, the Star Spangled Evening in the Valley features an authentic Rodeo, a variety of food vendors, interactive entertainers and live music with the Westminster Municipal Band.

Started in 1952 as a cowboy summer camp for youth, River Valley Ranch serves over 20,000 youth and adults annually as a summer youth camp, retreat facility, outdoor education center, and a destination for exciting seasonal events in a distinctly Christian and wholesome family atmosphere, according to its website.


When: Saturday, June 30, 2 to 10 p.m.

Where: River Valley Ranch, 4443 Grave Run Road, Manchester

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Cost: $25 per car

For information, call 443-712-1010 or email

Looking ahead

Common Ground on the Town

The live music that helps define Common Ground on the Hill at McDaniel College spills out into Westminster for one night, as six of the performers featured as instructors or performers at Common Ground will be performing from 8 to 11 p.m. Here are performers and sites:

  • The Henry Reiff Trio, jazz, Rafael’s, 32 W. Main St.
  • Pete Clark & Ralph Gordon, Celtic fiddle, O’Lordan’s Irish Pub, 14 Liberty St.
  • Harry Orlove, jazz guitar, JeannieBird Baking Co., 42 W. Main St.
  • Baltimore Red with Wayne Werner & Friends, acoustic blues, Johanssons Dining House, 4 W. Main St.
  • Chris James, electric blues, Giulionova Groceria, 11 E. Main St.
  • Eastman String Band, alt-grass, Westminster library, 50 E. Main St.

When: Saturday, July 7, from 8 to 11 p.m.


Where: Downtown Westminster

Cost: Free

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