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Maryland Microbrewery Festival canceled

Maryland Microbrewery Festival canceled
The 2018 Maryland Microbrewery Festival was cancelled. In this file photo: Ray Schissler, of Parkville and Key Brewing Co. of Dundalk, pours a beer during the Maryland Microbrewery Festival at Union Mills Homestead near Westminster on Saturday, September 30, 2017. (Alan White / For Carroll County Times)

The Maryland Microbrewery Festival, which was scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Union Mills Homestead, has been canceled, according to the Carroll County government.

Poor conditions of the grounds forced the cancellation, the county government wrote on its Facebook page.

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“The grounds have been saturated because of the ongoing rain that we’ve had,” Jane Sewell, executive director of the Union Mills Homestead, told the Times. The homestead flooded in August and, with spells of rain since then, has not had an opportunity to dry thoroughly, she said.

Sewell said that Homestead staff waited until the very last moment possible to make the call, but the grounds could not rebound in time.

About 20 breweries, 10 food vendors and three bands were slated to participate in this year’s rendition of the event, which celebrates Maryland’s microbrewing industry.

The event cannot be rescheduled this year, she said, noting, “We’re looking forward to a much better, much drier season in 2019.”

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