Family Fun Days offer four days of entertainment

The third annual Taneytown Family Fun Days will begin Thursday evening, Sept. 10, and run through Sunday, Sept. 13, in Taneytown's Memorial Park.

Family Fun Days are a coordinated effort between the Taneytown Lions Club and the city of Taneytown for the benefit of the community.


"Family Fun Days is all the organizations working together to create memories and fun for our Taneytown citizens and visitors," Taneytown Director of Economic Development Nancy McCormick wrote in an email. "The Taneytown Lions Club has brought many facets to this event so that people of all ages have a choice of many different venues."

The festival kicks off Thursday night with a Parade in the Park starting at 6 p.m., immediately followed by an opening ceremony, said Jim Fair, one of the coordinators from the Taneytown Lions Club.

Confirmed participants in the parade include city, county and state dignitaries, the Boy Scout Honor Guard, multiple cheerleading groups, youth sports teams, the Silver Oak Leo Club and more.

Food, entertainment and special activities, including carnival rides and amusements, are planned throughout the four-day festival.

The festival will be held rain or shine.

Parking and admission to the festival are free, but concessions and amusements are available at a cost. Live entertainment will perform each day in the big tent. Thursday's band, Sorry Not Sorry, playing progressive rock, will begin at 7 p.m.

Discount coupons for wristbands for the event are available at the city office, the Taneytown branch of the Carroll County Public Library, Taneytown branch offices of the banks in town, and other various businesses. Coupons are also available on the Fun Days website at, or at the Lions Club website at

In honor of Friday being Patriot Day, Paul Whitson will give a 9/11 tribute starting at 6 p.m., with a memorable multimedia presentation honoring the heroes of 9/11 and celebrating America's tradition of patriotism.

The popular classic and Southern rock group Bird Daddies will play live music afterwards, and the evening will be topped off at 10 p.m. with a fireworks display. The fireworks will be rescheduled for Saturday night in the event of rain Friday.

For the weekend, Saturday's events will feature a car show, with registration starting at 8 a.m. Plaques will be awarded at about 2:30 p.m.

In the arts and crafts area, there will be artistic vendors selling their wares, Fair said, as well as businesses, charities and community organizations with table displays. There will also be a free kids play area and a petting zoo. Pony rides are a new addition this year as well.

Entertainment will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with the popular bluegrass group Glade Valley Express. The Taneytown Dance Center will do a presentation of tap, ballet and modern dance at noon. Musical entertainment will continue throughout the afternoon and evening featuring a number of groups, including Tom's Back Door, which plays acoustic folk and Americana music; Cowboy Pickers, which plays country music; and Bailey Kings of Harmony, an 11-piece brass band performing Dixieland and Gospel.

Raffle tickets will be sold during the first three days of the festival, and at 9 p.m. Saturday, 10 lucky ticket holders will be awarded a total of $2,400 in cash prizes. Winners do not need to be present to win.

Sunday afternoon will feature bands from the Let There Be Rock School, in Frederick, playing from 1 to 3 p.m., and at 3:30 p.m. the House of Joshua praise band will perform. The rest of the day will include family-friendly demonstrations, including Jack Russell Terrier races, and a Maryland State Police medevac helicopter will be on display, unless an emergency arises, Fair said.


McCormick said Family Fun Days is the kind of event that Taneytown is all about.

"The city of Taneytown and its organizations have always provided events that make memories and strengthen our 'Small Town With a Big Heart' motto, and Family Fun Days meets the mission," McCormick wrote in an email.

The festival will be held rain or shine. Parking and admission to the festival are free.

Taneytown Memorial Park is off Park Drive in Taneytown. For more information, call Jim Fair at 410-751-1120.

Bingo banquet

The Union Bridge Fire Co. is sponsoring a bingo banquet Saturday, Sept. 12, but reservations are recommended by Monday, Sept. 7.

The banquet doors will open at 3:30 p.m., with dinner being served at 4:30 p.m. and games starting at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $30 per person, and include the meal and all standard games, with over $2,500 in cash prizes expected. The menu for the evening includes fried chicken, roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, coleslaw, rolls, cake, pie, cookies and iced tea.

The bingo banquet will be held at the Union Bridge fire hall at 8 W. Locust St. in Union Bridge.

To reserve your ticket, call Melvin Smith at 443-789-3823 by Sept. 7. A limited number of tickets might be available at the door on the night of the event.

Crab feed

The New Windsor Fire Co. is having a crab feed on Saturday, Sept. 12, in the engine bays of the New Windsor fire hall.

Tickets are $40 for all-you-can-eat crabs between 4 and 7 p.m. Sept. 12. In addition to steamed crabs, the menu includes fried chicken, hot dogs, potato salad, corn on the cob, Maryland vegetable crab soup and more. The crabs are being provided by Harris Seafood Company of Grasonville.

For tickets, call Dorothy Rue at 410-775-7402.

Mayberry Picnic Day

New and former Mayberry residents are invited to take part in the annual Mayberry Picnic Day to be held at the historic Mayberry Mill on Sunday, Sept. 13.

The picnic will begin at 1 p.m. and food will be served starting at 2 p.m. Fried chicken and paper goods will be provided, but guests are asked to bring a dish to share, such as a salad, vegetable side or casserole. Drinks will not be provided, so guests are also asked to bring their own beverages.

Please bring any Mayberry photos or memorabilia to help share the history of this hamlet. This is the 13th year of the Mayberry Picnic Day, and organizers are hoping to see it continue to grow.

Mayberry Mill is at 3001 E. Mayberry Road, Westminster, at the intersection of Mayberry Road and Stone Road.

Admission is free but participants are asked to RSVP to Peggy Keeney at 410-346-7009 by Tuesday, Sept. 8. If no one answers the phone, please leave a message.

Carrie Ann Knauer covers New Windsor, Union Bridge, Taneytown and neighboring communities in the West Carroll area. Contact her at 410-596-9248 or