Music, fireworks, pony rides and a dog race are just some of the things the whole family can enjoy in Taneytown this weekend.

Taneytown Family Fun Days will be held today through Sunday in Taneytown Memorial Park. The event is planned by the Taneytown Lions Club in cooperation with the City of Taneytown for the benefit of the community.


"This is our third year and it's growing every year. It's great event for the community," said Leonard Wantz Jr., co-chair of the event.

Jim Fair, Taneytown Family Fun Days publicity chairman, said the event was created to involve more Lions Club members in community projects.

"We hope to earn some significant money for a town project," Fair said, although a specific project hasn't been determined at this time.

The event will kick-off at 6 p.m. today with an opening ceremony and parade in the park. At 7 p.m., the Sorry Not Sorry Band progressive rock group will perform.

At 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, Paul Whitson will give a multimedia presentation honoring the heroes of 9/11 and celebrating America's tradition of patriotism. Later, at 7 p.m., the classic and Southern Rock group Bird Daddies will perform and there will be a fireworks display by Zambelli Fireworks Company at 10 p.m.

A car show will run from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12. Popular bluegrass group Glade Valley Express will perform at 10 a.m. The Taneytown Dance Center will do a presentation of tap, ballet, and modern dance at noon. Under the big tent, Bailey Kings of Harmony will perform at 3 p.m., Tom's Back Door will perform at 6 p.m. and Cowboy Pickers will go on at 7 p.m.

The Mason-Dixon Jack Russell Terrier Club will host a dog race from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13. Let There Be Rock School will perform from 1 to 3 p.m. and House of Joshua will perform from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The event also features a free play area, a petting zoo and pony rides throughout the weekend.

Fair said Taneytown Family Fun Days will go on rain or shine. Parking and admission to Memorial Park are free.