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Come meet a farmer at Farm City Celebration [Ellicott City]

The Howard County Farm City Celebration runs Saturday, Sept. 20, through Sunday, Oct. 5. This is a great opportunity for the public to learn about the county's rich agricultural heritage and meet local farmers through series of events and activities at county farms, public libraries and farmer's markets.

Farm City Celebration activities include "Enjoy a Day in the Life of a Farmer" at Sharp's at Waterford Farm, "Ask a Master Gardener" at Miller Branch Library, Teddy Bear Farm Visits and folk singer Tony McGuffin at Clark Elioak's Farm, a Bull Blast Rodeo at the Living Farm Heritage Museum,  Equine Wine Festival, farmer's market at Miller's Library and historic Ellicott City, pumpkin picking at TLV farm and more.

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For a complete listing of events, go to the Howard County Economic Development Authority's website at http://www.hceda.org, click the "Farms & Agriculture" tab, then "Special Events" tab and scroll down to "Farm CIty Celebration."

Historic Ellicott City's 2014 Decorators Show House opens Saturday, Sept 20, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 19, at historic Meriwether Farm in Glenelg (near Route 97), a stately, two-story, rubble stone home built in the early 1800's on a 400-acre farm. The house currently sits on 110 acres and is for sale.

Over the last few months, Historic Ellicott City's show house committee has worked tirelessly with designers, artisans and trade people to remodel, transform and restore the property for the benefit of the show house and community.

Purchase tickets at the door ($25), in advance online  ($20) at historicEC.com or at the following Ellicott City shops: Clark's Ace hardware, Ellicott's County and Shoemaker Country stores, the Pink Cabbage and Westwood Unique Furnishings & Antiques. For more information, call 410-461-6908.

Centennial High School invites the community to celebrate its homecoming weekend.

On Friday, Sept. 19, an outdoor, family fun carnival kicks off the homecoming activities from 4 to 6 p.m. in front of the school. Purchase 50-cent tickets to use at a variety of children's games and food stands or enjoy a giant inflatable slide and obstacle course for free.

At 7 p.m., watch the Centennial Eagles battle the Mt. Hebron Vikings during the homecoming football game. Don't miss the half time performance by the CHS marching band and announcement of the homecoming court. Tickets are $3 for students and $4 for adults.

On Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon, the CHS Parent Teacher Student Association will host its annual family friendly pancake breakfast in the cafeteria featuring homemade muffins and other goodies. Proceeds support the PTSA activities, including student scholarships, the after-prom party and more. Check out the sale and school year book pick-up booths in the lobby.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Howard County and Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center will host a candidates forum for Howard County state delegate candidates on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., at the Miller Branch Library in Ellicott City.

The forum provides an outlet for candidates to share their plans on addressing mental health issues in the Maryland state legislature. The forum is open to the community. For more information, call 410-772-9300.

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