Central Carroll: Farm Museum adds 'Farmyard Friends' for Fourth of July; historic Sunday School picnic

Are you looking for a fun Fourth of July celebration with something for everyone? Join your friends and family at the Carroll County Farm Museum from 3 to 10 p.m. on July 4, for a fireworks extravaganza with food, fun and so much more.

Come early to stake out a spot and settle in to listen to the music. The band Park Avenue will play a mix of classic rock, Motown and R&B throughout the day. Kids will find crafts and activities in the Farmyard Friends area, plus face-painting and an inflatable bounce-house.


“This year we have something brand new in the Farmyard Friends area,” Farm Museum manager Joanne Weant said. “We have two new little Angus cross calves in the petting zoo. They are just a week or two old and very cute! Our touch Touch Room is open, too. We have a new saddle exhibit that is adult- and child-friendly. We have antique, historical saddles [and tack] for the adults, and stick horses for the kids. There’s a jump for them to jump while [riding] on a stick horse. And you can take a pic of the kids in the saddle with a background behind them.”

Weant said to look for a balloon artist and a juggler entertaining throughout the day. Plus, a myriad of local food vendors that she calls family-friendly will offer everything from crab cakes to crab soup, Italian sausage, gyros, hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken nuggets, pit beef, ham and turkey, and more, plus sweet stuff like frozen custard, funnel cakes and Kona ice. Look for beverages too, including fresh-squeezed lemonade.

From the Carroll County Farm Museum to Mount Airy, here's where you can catch some fireworks this Fourth of July.

“You can bring your own cooler, but it will be checked,” Weant said. “No alcoholic beverages and no glass bottles are allowed. Also, no pets or fireworks. And no popup tents because they are flammable. We have picnic tables, but you might want to bring chairs or blankets and stake out your area.”

The gates open at 3 p.m., with fireworks starting at about 9:30 p.m. They are paid for by the Westminster Kiwanis Club

General museum admission applies before 5 p.m. at a cost of $10 per family or $5 for adults and $4 for seniors. After 5 p.m., each car may make a $5 donation to the Westminster Kiwanis Club. The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office will close the roads at 8:30 p.m. for safety, so Weant said to plan on getting there early.

The Farm Museum is located at 500 S. Center St. in Westminster. For more information, call them at 410-386-3880 or email ccfarm@carrollcountymd.gov.

“This is a great family-friendly event, and we are very proud of it,” Weant said.

The rain date is July 5.

Historic Sunday School Picnic

Sunday School picnics were once the big summer family event that everyone wanted to attend, but at Zion United Methodist Church the picnic is still a big deal.

The church will hold its 137th annual Sunday School picnic on Saturday, July 13 at the church, and the public is invited to attend. Stop by for a taste of the past and a day to remember.

Zion UMC’s picnic will feature the church’s nearly famous fried chicken platters with choice of vegetables or salads, beginning at noon.

“Fried chicken dinners or platters have always been a highlight of the event,” church member Dolores Bankert said. Other refreshments on sale will include sandwiches, Hoffman's ice cream, sodas and baked goods.

Bring a lawn chair and prepare to enjoy the day. The entertainment begins at 1 p.m. with The Mosley Family. At 4 p.m., the Salem Bottom Boys will hit the stage, with music until 7 p.m.

“Zion picnics have been a summer tradition in the Village of Shipley since 1883, a short time after the church was built,” Bankert said. “Entertainment through the years has included speakers, bands, talent shows, country, gospel and bluegrass music.”


Kids will find lots of ways to have fun at the picnic, too. Look for a moonbounce and other fun games.

Zion UMC is located at 2716 Old Washington Road, south of Westminster, just off Md. 97 at Nicodemus Road in the Village of Shipley. For more information, call 410-848-9080.

Bankert said, “In this day and age when old traditions are disappearing, Zion strives to continue its 137-year tradition by bringing to the community good food and good entertainment in a relaxing atmosphere.”

Trivia Night

Are you craving an evening of sharing useful and useless knowledge? Here’s your chance!

The Finksburg Lbranch library hosts its popular Trivia Nights on he second Tuesday of each month, with prizes for the top three teams.

Look for the next free trivia competition on Tuesday, July 9 at 7 p.m. at Bistro 91 (formerly J&P Pizza), at 3000 Gamber Road in Finksburg.

Finksburg library branch manager Heather Owings said their trivia night is meant for adults, but they do have a few kids turn up on teams from time to time.

“If there is room in the dining room we will take registrations at the event, but it often fills up, and we do like sign-ups ahead,” Owings said. “We can accommodate 15 teams of five. Most teams have three to five people, but we do have a few teams of two.”

Teams of up to five can sign up by registering online at https://library.carr.org. Only one person per team needs to register.

“We are very fortunate,” Owings said. “The prizes are provided by Bistro 91 and there are a wide range. There are usually three prizes of about equal value. The first-place team gets first pick, and then the second-place winner, and then the third. We’ve had movie night themed prizes, take me out to the ballgame themed prizes and even a summer picnic basket prize. So the prizes range all over the place.”

In addition, all participants can pick up a prize at the library giveaway table. Owings said they have some library totes, free books and book marks, and other promotional stuff.

“This is a great opportunity to test your trivia knowledge, hang out with friends and enjoy good food,” Owings said. “It’s a nice way to enjoy your Tuesday night.”

For more information, call the library at 410-386-4505 or visit them online at https://library.carr.org