Central Carroll: Winters Mill Athletic Club Bull and Oyster Roast set for March 9

Horses wait on the trailer for shots at a past 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program Horse & Tack Fair. This year's fair is set for Sunday, March 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Carroll County Agriculture Center’s Shipley Arena.
Horses wait on the trailer for shots at a past 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program Horse & Tack Fair. This year's fair is set for Sunday, March 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Carroll County Agriculture Center’s Shipley Arena. (Courtesy photo)

Tickets are still available for the Winters Mill Athletic Club Bull and Oyster Roast to be held this Friday, March 9 at Reese Fire Hall. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. for this 21 and over event.

“It’s all you can eat and drink, with beer and wine,” said Corey Wilt, secretary of the Athletic Boosters. “We will have pit beef, raw oysters, fried chicken, sausage and peppers, salads and sides and desserts. It’s a big ol’ buffet!”


According to Wilt, those who attend can dance to music by a DJ, purchase tickets for a Yeti Cooler raffle or bid in the silent auction.

“We have a lot of expensive gifts,” she said of the silent auction. “We have a weekend in Ocean City, donated registrations for sports, Vera Bradley gifts, Orioles tickets Ravens tickets, gift certificate trees, and we have a prom basket that includes a corsage, restaurant gift cards and more. There’s also a senior portrait package. And it all goes to support all the athletic programs at Winters Mill High School.”


Wilt said the Athletic Boosters purchases things the school cannot provide.

“This year we bought new nets for the batting cages for the baseball teams, dirt for the girls’ softball infield, uniforms for the lacrosse team, championship T-shirts for the girls soccer team and more,” she said. “We step in and fill those gaps. Our athletes work hard to represent Winters Mill and they need our support.”

Reese Fire Hall is located at 1745 Baltimore Blvd in Reese.

For tickets or more information, call 443-789-0143.


March 18 Horse and Tack Fair

Horse-lovers will find everything they need at a Horse and Tack Fair on Sunday, March 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Carroll County Agriculture Center’s Shipley Arena. Admission is free, and all proceeds benefit the 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program of Carroll County (TRP).

“We have lots and lots of tack — English and Western, lots of riding attire for kids and adults in English and Western, and stable supplies,” said TRP volunteer, Karen Scott. “Usually there are books, artwork and model horses. We have somebody doing bags, purses and home organizational items. We’ll have used blankets and soaps and we have someone who washes [horse] blankets and you can drop them off. We have equestrian themed decorations and arts and crafts. Janet Morgan makes baskets that incorporate a piece of tack. She takes bits and weaves baskets around them, so the bits become the basket handles. The Trot Search and Rescue group will be there, and someone selling mini tack. And Linda Golden will have Southwest [themed] jewelry.”

Scott said this is the 20th anniversary of this fair, so visitors can expect cake or cupcakes.

“Vendors are still rolling in,” she said. “Traditionally, we have 60 to 80 spaces of vendors and the response has been pretty good this year.”

In addition to vendor sales, horse owners can schedule their horse shots and Coggins tests, done on the trailer. Scott said at least 60 to 70 horses come through annually. The shots clinic cost $5 per horse plus the following per shot costs; $30 for Coggins test, Rabies/ $15, EWT / $17, Rhino /$25, West Nile/$24, Potomac Horse Fever /$20, Strangles/$37.

“You must have a scheduled time,” she said of the shots clinic. “No one is allowed to just show up. Horses can be vetted for a lot less without paying for a field call.”

Look for lunch while you are there. Scott said they have soups, sandwiches and breakfast items.

“High Ridge 4-H Club runs the food booth and they always do a great job,” she said. “They donate all the food sale proceeds to the therapeutic riding program. In turn, we give the 4-H club a block of spaces for members.”

Scott said, while at the fair, people can learn more about the 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program at their booth. Volunteers are needed evenings for the TRP program, Monday through Thursdays. To learn more, email volunteer coordinator, Louise4htrp@comcast.net

“On Wednesday March 14 we will have volunteer training at the TRP barn at the Ag Center from 5 to 7 p.m.,” Scott said. “Students age 14 and up can volunteer and get their service hours.”

Vendors may email TRP4H@comcast.net for a 10 x 20-foot space. To reserve equine shots, contact Mary at mstheretreat99@gmail.com or call 443-465-7809.

“Proceeds support the TRP program and go directly into the care and feeding of the horses and equipment needed for our riders,” Scott said.

Carroll County Agriculture Center is located at 706 Agricultural Center Road in Westminster.

Applebee’s flapjack breakfast fundraiser

If you like pancakes and sausage, here’s a chance to eat as much as you like, while supporting a good cause. Calvary United Methodist Church will hold their flapjack fundraiser breakfast in partnership with Applebee’s in Westminster.

The breakfast will be held at Applebee’s Restaurant, 634 Baltimore Blvd., on Saturday, March 10 from 8 to 10 a.m. Those who attend will find pancakes and sausage with coffee, tea and sodas for $7.50 per person or $4.50 per child, ages 6 and under.

Gail Evans is the church’s youth group coordinator. She said all proceeds of the breakfast will go toward their Camp Hope Team.

“Our church has sent teams to be part of this mission for over 30 years,” Evans said. “It is a Christian work camp, so we have vespers in the morning and devotions in the evening. Our [teenage] campers stay at Frostburg [State University].”

Evans said the camp runs four weeks, hosting about 100 campers and counselors each week. Calvary UMC has sent a team annually for over 30 years now.

“We go for a week,” she said. “While they are there, the kids work on rehabbing houses in Allegany County for low-income people in need. It can be anything from painting and building ramps, plumbing or other repairs. Last year we put up a deck. On Thursday, they get to have a half day of fun. We go to the lake at Rocky Gap. They can rent canoes and paddleboats and play volleyball and just have fun.

Evans said their camp mission trip is a good experience.

“It is a way for them to see their faith in action,’ she said. “It is in a Christian environment and they take away the feeling of having helped others in need.”

Camp Hope Mission team members will work at the Applebee’s breakfast, plating food, greeting, seating and serving customers. Evans said Applebee’s cooks the pancakes and sausage.

“The pancakes and sausage are always good, and you can eat as much as you want,” Evans said. “It’s a lot of fellowship and it is for a good cause.”

For more information, call 410-795-9343.


AUCE Pancake Breakfast at Meadow Branch

Enjoy and All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast at the Meadow Branch Church of the Brethren on Saturday, March 10 from 6 to 10 a.m.


The menu includes buckwheat and buttermilk pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage gravy and biscuits, oatmeal, hominy, pudding, sausage, stewed apples, home-fries and hot and cold beverages

Adults cost $8, children eat free. Meadow Branch is at 818 Old Taneytown Road, Westminster.

Breakfasts are held on the second Saturday of the month, March through June and September through December.

For more information call 410-848-7478 or visit the church online at www.mbcobmd.org.

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