Pleasant Valley event celebrates fall with family-friendly activities

St. Matthew's United Church of Christ's annual Fall Fest and Car Show, which features a variety of family-friendly attractions, will take place at the Pleasant Valley fire company from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 11.

According to Betty Cree, chairman of the church fall fest, this event — which has been held for more than 20 years — offers flea market and craft vendors, plants, produce, baked goods, a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and much more.


Kids will appreciate the children's games area with free crafts, and pumpkin painting that costs $1 and includes the pumpkin and the paint.

Cree talked about some favorites at the Fall Fest. "We are bringing back our milk mustache contest," she said. "All the donations from that will go to Carroll County Food Sunday."


Cree said several church members volunteered to have their photo taken with a milk mustache. Each photo is placed on a milk jug. "People vote for their favorite milk mustache with donations that go into the milk jug," Cree said.

Right next to the milk mustache contest table, visitors will find piles of homemade cookies for sale. "We have about seven popular kinds of cookies," Cree said. "People can buy cookies in either of two sizes and they can pick any of the flavors and mix them if they want. We wrap each kind separately so the flavors stay separate."

Cree said cookie packages are measured by "the size of a large coffee can or a medium coffee container," she said. "The large container holds six dozen cookies. The price of the cookies also goes to Carroll County Food Sunday," she said.

Last year, about $700 was donated to Food Sunday from just the cookie sales and the milk mustache contest, Cree said.

Entertainment at the festival includes returning magician Tim Hall from 11 a.m. to noon and the dance troupe Dynamics from 1 to 2 p.m.

Cree said author Linda Fausnet, a member of their church, will also be at Fall Fest to sell and sign her newly published book, "Queen Henry."

New this year is a free book swap: "Bring a book and take a book or just bring a book or just take a book," Cree said.

"This year our silent auction will feature Great Moments sports memorabilia," said Cree. "There will be a lot of other items, also."

Look for food for sale, too, including Chick-fil-A sandwiches, hot dogs, barbecue and taco in a bag as well as homemade vegetable and chicken corn soups, chili, macaroni and cheese, Hoffman's ice cream sandwiches, beverages and more.

Lots of desserts and pies will be available at the bake sale table.

Visitors can enjoy strolling through rows of vehicles at Fall Fest. The car show offers trophies for first- through fourth-place winners in each category, including antique cars (1955 and prior), antique cars (1956 to 1968), classic (1969 to 1981), classic (1982 to 1993), custom/hot rod (all years) and a truck category (all years). Look for special award trophies for the Pastor's Choice award, the Participant's Choice and a Best of Show.

For those interested in joining the car show, the cost is $10 per vehicle when registered in advance or $15 per vehicle on the day of the show. Register for the car show online at http://www.saintmatthewsucc.org/carshow. The first 100 registered will receive a bag of goodies, to include a lunch voucher and a magnetic plaque.


Registration for the car show runs from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Judging begins at 11 a.m. The awards presentation will be at 2:30 p.m.

"We have so much good food, and this is a great kickoff to the holidays — all of them," said Cree. "There's no admission to the fall fest or the car show or the magic show, and that magic show is tremendous. This is his fourth year with us and he is so good."

Those wishing to reserve a vendor space may call 410-848-5163.

The fire company is at 2030 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Pleasant Valley.

For more information, call 410-848-2187 or 410-848-5163 or email office@sainttmatthewsucc.org.

Kid's Night Out

First Church of God of Westminster will have Kid's Night Out from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, for children ages 5 through 12. There will be snacks, games and singing.

Parents are welcome to stay or drop off their children.

This free event will offer plenty to do for kids, including a cupcake walk, according to church member and Sunday school teacher Dorothy Duvall.

The church is at 27 N. Center St., Westminster.

Further information call 410-848-7131.

Pancake breakfast

The Deer Park United Methodist Church Men's Group and the Deer Park Lions Club will have a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the church.

The menu includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, fried potatoes and applesauce along with juice, coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate or milk.

The cost is $6.50 for adults and $3 for children ages 4 to 12; children 3 and younger may eat for free.

The breakfast will support church ministries and community charities.

The church is at 2205 Sykesville Road, Smallwood.

Call the church office at 410-848-2313 or visit http://www.deerparkumc.net for more information.

Lois Szymanski covers Finksburg, Gamber, Pleasant Valley, Reese, Sandymount, Silver Run, Smallwood, Union Mills and Westminster. To contact her, call 410-346-7321 or email szymanski3@verizon.net.

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