North Carroll: Woofstock fundraiser for Humane Society; Hampstead Farmers’ Market opening Saturday

Wow. Is it the end of May already? There’s only 2½ weeks left of school for those in Carroll, summer vacation plans are underway, plus car shows, flea markets and yard sales, pools opening, flowers blooming, etc.

They are all sure signs that summer is creeping up on us. I know we have summer projects and, barring financial or weather complications, we’d like to get a lot done this summer around the house. I also plan to make more time to do stuff — to make memories of experiences, not material objects.


Do you have events coming up in the community that you’d like to share? It could be anywhere from a church event, to a nonprofit organization holding a fundraiser to the local carnivals.

Mark your calendars now for the Manchester Volunteer Fire Company carnival that will be held from July 1 through 6; and the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company will be held from Aug. 12 through 17. More information regarding the carnivals will be in future columns.

Please reach out to me and remember that the earlier the better; and I’d rather you contact me even if you’re sure if I can use your press release or not. Better to ask than to miss out.

Woofstock fundraiser

The Humane Society of Carroll County will host its fourth annual Woofstock fundraiser from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Ruhlman Brewery in Hampstead.

There will be more than 50 vendors and animal rescues in attendance, as well as goat yoga, free face painting, free brewery tours, doggie contests and live music by Making Waves. The band will be playing “dance friendly” ’80s and ’90s music all day, according to a news release.

Admission to this dog-friendly event is $10 for ages 13 and older; those 12 and younger are free. For those interested, the goat yoga does have a cost of $25 per person and includes admission.

Last year’s shows brought in just a little over 500 in attendance and raised more than $8,000.

The doggie contests are for best look alike (owner and dog), best sit and stay, best fun trick, cutest, etc. The entry fee is $1 per contest.

The brewery is located at 2300 Harvey Gummel Road in Hampstead. For more information, visit their Facebook page at

Opening day reminder

Don’t forget that this Saturday, June 1, from 8:30 a.m. until noon, is the grand opening of the 10th season of the Hampstead Farmers’ Market.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. and there will also be live music, a magic show, free face painting and much more.

The market is located at the Hampstead Fire Volunteer Company carnival grounds at 1341 N. Main St.

If you’d like more information, visit, email or call 443-821-1339.

One car, which is started again after flipping over, creates a billow of smoke as the driver gets ready to continue competing during a Demolition Derby day at the Arcadia fire company carnival grounds in Upperco.
One car, which is started again after flipping over, creates a billow of smoke as the driver gets ready to continue competing during a Demolition Derby day at the Arcadia fire company carnival grounds in Upperco. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)
Demolition Derby

The second of the Upperco Demolition Derby 2019 dates is fast approaching. The derby will be held on Saturday, June 8.


The pit gate is open 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., main gates open at 1 p.m. and the first race begins at 3 p.m. Admission for the derby is free for all up to age 11; those 12 to 17 years old are $10; and those 18 and older are $15.

The next races are going to be held on July 13, Aug. 10 and Oct. 25. The location of the event is 5415 Arcadia Ave. in Upperco.

For more information, you can visit their Facebook page at

Bocce Ball

Manchester United Bocce will be holding tournament dates through September. The next one, on June 15, will be to benefit the North East Social Action Program.

The organization is raising funds for charitable causes through the promotion and play of bocce. Teams of four players will compete in a double elimination format held through the day.

The fee is $10 per player, and you can register individually or as a team. Additional dates are July 13, benefiting Together We Own It; Aug. 17, benefiting The Chester Café; and Sept. 14, to be used as a rain date.

The tournament location is 3017 Walnut St. in Manchester.

For more information, or questions, contact Jody Ledford at 443-271-0049 or email; and Vince DePalmer at 410-374-6193 or email


8th annual Bike Show Music Fest: June 1, noon-8 p.m., Hampstead Coon Club, 2855 Coon Club Road, Hampstead. Bike show, bike games, food, live music, etc. Admission: $10/must be 18 years or older. Held rain or shine. Information: 410-374-9897 or Hampstead School reunion: June 1, noon, Hampstead fire hall, 1341 N. Main St., Hampstead. For those that attended 1919-1985. $25/person. Information: Lee Stansfield, 410-374-1770; Jane Alban, 410-374-4454. NC Colts Cheer/Football Clinic: June 10-12, 6-8 p.m. nightly, Manchester Valley High School, 3300 Maple Grove Road, Manchester. Information: Justin Otto,; Aaron Gall, 12th annual Captain’s Choice Best Ball Scramble Tournament: June 15, South Hill Golf Course, 925 Westminster Ave., Hanover, Pa. $75/person; $300/team; includes cart, green fees, range balls, parking lot shuttle, ball handling assistance, beer and soda on the course, and picnic buffet. Information:, Daniel Turner, 703-342-8969;; or contact David Brown at