Fall fest and car show offers fun for all ages

Pat Desautels sells baked goods and church cookbooks at last year's Pleasant Valley Fall _Festival.___- Original Credit: Submitted photo
Pat Desautels sells baked goods and church cookbooks at last year's Pleasant Valley Fall _Festival.___- Original Credit: Submitted photo(HANDOUT)

Pumpkins, crafts, antique cars, books, entertainment, a variety of food and more can be found at Pleasant Valley Fall Fest and Car Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. It will be held at the Pleasant Valley Fire Hall, 2030 S. Pleasant Valley Road in Pleasant Valley.

Sponsored by St. Matthew's United Church of Christ, in Pleasant Valley, this event, which has been held for 27 years, features something for all ages.


"Start the day with breakfast wraps made with egg and sausage and donuts for breakfast," said Angela Bowersox, a member of the fall fest committee. "We will also have barbecue, chicken corn soup, vegetable soup, chili, chili dogs and Hoffman's [Home Made Ice Cream] ice cream bars. Most of the food will be sold throughout the day but we will also have Chick-Fil-A sandwiches from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. only."

After breakfast, head out to shop a variety of craft and flea market vendors. There will also be plenty of baked goods for sale.


"We'll have brownies, cookies, cakes, fudge, apple dumplings and all kinds of pies, including old-fashioned shoofly pie with our baked goods sale and we will have a silent auction," Bowersox said.

Also look for the church's cookie table, with all proceeds of the cookie sales going to Carroll Food Sunday for its milk voucher program which, Bowersox said, offers milk vouchers to those in need. She said they will have seven popular varieties of cookies sold in two sizes. The cookies can be mixed and matched to fill a can. Two sizes will be sold — one the size of a large coffee container for $7 and one the size of a medium coffee container for $3.50.

Bowersox said there will be a silent auction with sports memorabilia, most of it signed.

Petunia the Clown will do a children's show at 10 a.m. and offer balloon sculptures until noon. Bowersox said both are free.

"There's no admission to the fall fest or the car show or the clown show or for balloons," she said. "We are also having Dynamic Dance Studio at 1 p.m. Last year everyone loved them. They have costumes and do a very nice program."

But there is even more for kids to do.

"We will have our children's craft area again. One of the popular things that we are repeating this year is painting pumpkins for a small fee," Bowersox said. "We'll have other fun crafts, like making a turkey out of toilet paper roll and those are free."

If you have an older coat in good shape and would like to make a donation, bring it to this event. The church will be collecting coats for Shepherds Staff's Call for Coats, a fundraiser supplying coats for those in need.

"Shepherd's Staff will have a booth explaining their work, too," Bowersox said. "And Heifer Project will have a booth with information and a coin toss with small prizes. Whatever coins go into the containers will be donated to Heifer Project. And you can make donations. We are hoping to make enough to buy a heifer for those in need overseas."

Look for a recycled crafts area at this event, hosted by the church.

"We will be selling a whole group of things made out of blue jeans like denim purses, placemats and that sort of thing. They will have dog chews made out of strips of T-shirts that are crocheted into a dog chew and other items," Bowersox said.

Items sold at that table will benefit the church.


There's also an opportunity to buy reflective signs for mailboxes.

"The Pleasant Valley Junior Firemen will have a stand selling their [reflective] signs for $12, too," Bowersox said. "They help the fire company easily find you in the middle of the night."

Bowersox said one of the community support outreaches the church is involved with is promoting literacy.

"So we are having a book exchange," she said. "You can bring books or take books and you don't have to give one to get one. Anything left over will be donated to [Emmauel Baust United Church of Christ in Westminter] for their book sales. Funds from their sales help children in their school district for school supplies, sports, lunch and that sort of thing."

Linda Fausnet, a member of St. Matthew's, will be selling and signing her books at the event, too, including a children's book called "The Joyville Sweat Sox," and adult novels "Queen Henry" and "Singles vs. Bridezillas."

While moms shop and kids have fun, car enthusiasts will enjoy checking out the car show held at this event. This show offers trophies to first- through fourth-place winners in categories including: antique, older, classic and custom/hot rods, as well as a truck category. Extra trophies will include the Pastor's Choice car, the Participant's Choice and a Best of Show award.

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.

The cost is $10 per vehicle in advance or $15 per vehicle on the day of the show. Register for the car show online at www.saintmatthewsucc.org/carshow. The first 100 registered will receive a bag of goodies with a lunch voucher and a magnetic plaque.

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

For more information, call Bowersox at 410-848-1549 or email office@sainttmatthewsucc.org.

Vendors wishing to reserve a space may call 410-848-2187.

Finksburg Fun Day

Finksburg Fun Day on Oct. 3 offers an opportunity for families to do just that — have fun. All are welcome to attend this free event to see live demonstrations and enjoy music while meeting area businesses, artists and organizations.

The free event held by the Roaring Run Lions Club, Finksburg Planning and Citizens Council and Mount Zion United Methodist Church, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Finksburg Plaza Shopping Center.

According to Tim Ganske, Roaring Run Lions Club member and chairman of the Finksburg Fun Day Committee, the public is invited out to join in the fun.

Look for food and beverages, games with prizes, music played by Ganske's son, DJ Tim Ganske Jr., of the Number One Cause Band, and booths from area businesses, churches, government agencies and other nonprofit organizations.

Finksburg Boy Scout Troop No. 1750 will hold a flag retirement ceremony at noon.

"We will have a piece of fire apparatus from Reese fire co., the Library Bookmobile and more," Ganske said. "Mt. Zion [United Methodist Church] will have games for kids and Roaring Run [Lions Club] will have a bean bag toss feeding the lion for kids. At our booth, kids toss bean bags into the lion's mouth. The games are free and we will have small prizes."

Ganske said there will be plenty of food on hand, too.

"We will have coffee and donuts and a bake table [provided by] the Westminster [Future Farmer's of America]; Roaring Run Lions will have free hot dogs donated by Food Lion for kids under age 15 and for sale to everyone else," Ganske said. "There will be free pizza from J&P Pizza and a lot of free snacks from different vendors."


Rite Aid will have a booth at the event where flu shots will be available. Most insurance will cover the shots; if not covered, cost would be $31.99, Ganske said.

Ganske said the Roaring Run Lions Club started Finksburg Fun Day in the spring of 2012 as a way to introduce Finksburg residents to businesses and organizations in the area while having fun. The event was held again in 2013, but the Lions were unable to hold it in 2014. With help from the Finksburg Planning and Citizens Council and Mount Zion United Methodist Church, the Lions have brought the event back with the hopes that it will become an annual event.

"It's a great way to see that Finksburg is more than just a town to drive through going and coming from work," Ganske said. "We have places to worship, businesses that enrich our youth with dance, swimming and self-defense [classes] — a lot of amenities in a small-town atmosphere."

Finksburg Plaza Shopping Center is at 3000 Gamber Road in Finksburg.

For more information contact Tim Ganske by e-mail at mrtimg@msn.com or call 410-848-2371.

Lois Szymanski covers Finksburg, Gamber, Pleasant Valley, Reese, Sandymount, Silver Run, Smallwood, Union Mills and Westminster. Reach her at 443-293-7811 or LoisSzymanski@hotmail.com.

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