The Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair isn’t the only big event going on this weekend in the area. The Downtown Sykesville Connection is hosting the first Sippin’ on Summer Festival on Saturday, featuring unlimited sampling of hard seltzers, ciders and beers from an array of vendors.
Troy Welsh, event coordinator with the nonprofit, said the idea for the event came about after the group decided it wanted to expand the number of events in town. While it already has an art and wine festival in the spring and a craft beer festival in the fall, group members “thought a summer event would be fun.”
The Downtown Sykesville Connection allowed community members to vote on the name of the event. Residents had the choice between the Sykesville Seltzer and Suds Splash or the Sippin’ on Summer Festival. Welsh said the latter won by an overwhelming majority.
“That’s what created the buzz for the event,” he said.
Julie Della-Maria, executive director of the Downtown Sykesville Connection, said they “have a great lineup of artisans.”
Two Carroll breweries — 1623 Brewing from Eldersburg and Red Shedman Farm Brewery from Mount Airy — will be in attendance, as well about 20 breweries from around the country, 20 other vendors and four food trucks. In addition, there will be a DJ playing music all day and a station where people can get their pictures taken with “mermaids.”
A free shuttle service, courtesy of the event’s sponsors, will pick up people at Sykesville Middle School, looping through the nearby park-and-ride and dropping them off on Main Street from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Main Street will be shut down all day from Church Street to Baldwin Drive, at the intersection of Oklahoma Avenue and Baldwin Drive and at Sandosky Road to the E.W. Becks lot.
“Everyone seems to love the events we put on,” Welsh said. “We’ve received positive feedback so far.”
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The festival is scheduled to take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday on Main Street in Sykesville. Tickets are $40 and include a collectible glass and unlimited sampling. A limited number of tickets are available at downtownsykesville.com/product/2021-sippin-on-summer.