Connor Iwanowski learns how to make slime Saturday during a STEM experiment at Harford Fest.
Connor Iwanowski learns how to make slime Saturday during a STEM experiment at Harford Fest. (Lauren Ciambruschini/Submitted photo)

Nearly 1,200 community members attended Harford Fest Saturday, a daylong celebration of Harford Community College's 60th anniversary.

The day started with the Heather L. Hurd 5K Spooktacular, which raised funds for Remembrance Book Scholarships for Harford Community College students and brought awareness to the dangers of distracted driving to children and adults alike.


Following the race, there was an open house showcase of Harford Community College's academic programs and student services in the APG Federal Credit Union Arena. Upon arrival, guests received a "passport" and were encouraged to have it stamped and turned in to be eligible for various prizes.

Faculty and staff from all credit and continuing education programs were on hand to share interactive presentations and to discuss opportunities for prospective students.

Other activities included a children's area with bounce houses, hayrides, kite flying and a games area, plus a children's reading area. In addition, there was an outdoor stage with a variety of musical performances plus demonstrations by the 4-H Dog Club on an agility course.

Throughout the day, the Chesapeake Theater showed an oral history documentary about the college and students in HCC’s Actors Guild performed scenes from "Arsenic and Old Lace."

Several food trucks were on-site and included Chick-fil-A, Smokin Joe’s BBQ and Kona Ice, in addition to food items offered in the arena.

Harford Community College offers more than 80 degree and certificate programs of study as well as a variety of noncredit community education and workforce development courses.

Harford Community College, on 352 acres near Bel Air, has been helping Harford County area residents achieve their goals since 1957. For more information, visit