Pack up your lawn chairs and head to the Arcadia Fire Co. carnival grounds, 16020 Carnival Ave. in Upperco, for the 32nd annual Bluegrass Festival.
The three-day music festival runs next week from Thursday evening, Sept. 24, through Saturday, Sept. 26.
Proceeds from ticket sales, camping and concessions all benefit the fire company.
The festival opens with acoustic jams on Thursday night beginning at 7 p.m. Four bands will give two shows each on Friday; shows start each hour, on the hour, from 1 to 8 p.m. Five more bands will give two shows each on Saturday; shows start each hour, on the hour, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Even if they are not at the stage, festival campers and visitors alike can tune in and listen to the shows from wherever they are on the carnival grounds.
Bill Hale, who has chaired the festival with his wife, Linda, since its second year, said the festival will set up a small radio station during the event to broadcast the performances. Ask for station information when you arrive.
In addition to performances on stage, a lot of "parking lot picking" goes on before, during and after the shows, and late at night among the campers, Bill said. Asked what a first-time festival-goer should know, Linda also talked about the casual jam sessions, inviting visitors to "bring a guitar, walk around and join in."
Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be available for sale. Linda said everyone helps with the food concessions: "the firemen, [fire company] members, family, friends — the whole community."
Next week's festival is the last opportunity to catch an Arcadia-style bluegrass festival until this time next year. The spring festival the fire company held for the past 14 years has been discontinued.
Credit cards are not accepted, so bring cash or checks. Festival-goers may buy tickets for single days or all three days. Tickets for ages 15 and older are $5 for Thursday only, $30 for Friday, and $35 for Saturday, with a three-day ticket selling for $60 at the gate.
Discounted advance three-day tickets may be purchased through Sept. 20 for $55, to be picked up at the gate.
Three-day tickets for ages 12 to 15 are $35 with a paying adult. Single-day tickets for ages 12 to 15 are not available.
Children younger than 12 years old are admitted free.
The festival is held rain or shine. Performances are moved indoors to the pavilion in case of inclement weather.
The festival will be open 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, 1 to 9 p.m. on Friday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday.
For more information and a festival flier, search Arcadia Bluegrass Festival on Facebook or visit www.arcadiavfc.org/content/bluegrass/Fall.cfm.
For ticket information, email email@example.com or call Bill and Linda Hale at 410-374-2895.
MAMA car show to be held
The Manchester Area Merchants Association — MAMA — will hold its 3rd annual Classic Car, Truck, Motorcycle Show and Flea Market at Manchester Valley High School, 3300 Maple Grove Road, Manchester from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26.
The show benefits MAMA's scholarship fund, which provides two $1,000 college scholarships to Manchester Valley High School seniors each year. Guy Garey, MAMA member and head organizer for the show, said the scholarships are funded by events throughout the year but "for the scholarships, this is a big one."
The first 50 show vehicle registrants will receive dash plaques. The plaques, a tradition at classic car shows, are full-color metal plates with event information such as the name and date of an event. Garey said that for many classic car owners the dash plaques are collectibles, showing the events they have taken their car to over the years.
MAMA's first show in 2013 did not have the attendance they had hoped for, Garey said, due to rain. Five trophies were given out that year. Fairer weather favored the show last year, when enthusiasts cruised in with about 55 vehicles and 11 trophies were awarded. This year, Garey said, they plan to give out 20 participants' choice trophies and one best of show award.
The participants' choice trophies are awarded based on votes from owners of the classic vehicles at the show, Garey said. The recipient of the best of show award is chosen by the high school's Future Business Leaders of America club, a co-sponsorof the event.
The cars are not the only fun offerings for the day. Manchester Valley students will again stage games and activities for kids of all ages, Garey said. Food offerings are expanded this year and include pit beef and ham, pizza, soda, ice cream and snowballs. For the first time, the show features a flea market in addition to the vendor booths of previous years. Members of the merchants association can also set up booths to let show attendees know about the products and services MAMA members provide to the community.
Spectator admission is free. Admission fee for classic cars, trucks and motorcycles is $10 per vehicle; registration is open from 9 a.m. to noon. The trophy ceremony will take place at 2 p.m.
For more information, call Garey at 410-785-1920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Donna Mortensen covers Hampstead, Manchester, Lineboro and neighboring communities in northern Carroll County. She can be reached at 443-547-6507 or DonnaNeighborhoods@gmail.com or 443-547-6507.