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Howard County Fair offers a mix of old and new events [Lisbon/Woodbine]

The 2017 Howard County Fair opens Aug. 5 and runs through Aug.12. Visitors can enjoy the traditional displays in the home-arts building and see the myriad animals in the barns and horses at the horse-show ring, but a new exciting addition is the Howard County Fair has Talent which takes place on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Contest Area. This event is being powered by WPOC radio with Michael J. serving as master of ceremonies. There will be 10 contestants preselected through an audition process. The event is free to paid fair-goers. If you enjoy the television version , come to the fair and see what they have to offer. Another special event for the animal lovers is the Draft Horse and Mule show on Sunday, Aug. 6. There you will see a different kind of competition around noon, when three six-horse hitches enter the ring. To understand what "horsepower" really means you need to take in these magnificent animals. For more information about the many activities at the fair check its website at howardcountyfair.com.

On Aug. 5, Calvary Lutheran Church proudly hosts a dance for people of all abilities. Advertised as an Inclusion Dance, it is an opportunity for the community regardless of age or background, shape or size, to come together to have some fun. In addition to building peoples' self esteem, dancing builds self confidence and social skills and reduces one's sense of isolation and exclusion. This dance is between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. The cost is $5 payable at the door. For more information, call Jennifer at 410-440-7374 or via email at jennibeck@comcast.net

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If crabs are your passion, plan to enjoy the Glenwood 50+ Center Crab Feast on Friday, Aug. 11, at noon. There are two menu options. The cost for the lunch including Maryland crab soup, barbeque chicken legs and thighs, coleslaw, corn-on-the-cob, macaroni salad, watermelon and corn muffin is $5.50. The meal, with an addition of six steamed crabs, is $20. Call the Center at 410-313-5440.

Horse lovers will want to know that Maryland's most inclusive horse magazine, The Equiery, is moving. The Equiery is not deserting Lisbon, but is going down the road to 15928 Frederick Road, across from The Grill, where they will to gain more space. The owner, Crystal Pickett, reports that everything else stays the same; only the location changes. The move will be completed early August.

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A reminder for astronomy buffs that on Monday Aug. 21, the United States will experience the first total eclipse on American soil since 1991 ( 38 years) and the first to sweep across the entire country since 1918. Maryland will not experience the entire eclipse but will see colors muted as the moon encroaches on the sun. The Howard Astronomical League (HAL) which has an observatory at Alpha Ridge Park, 11685 Old Frederick Road, Marriottsville, and houses a 12" Newtonian telescope, will be sponsoring an activity that day for members only. If you would like to join this group, sign on to its website for directions and fees. Interested nonmembers in the community can check with their local library for proper eye protection and other specifics related to the event in their area.

Finally on a personal note, I heartily thank my many neighbors who came to assist me the other day when I left a gate open, allowing two of my horses to go free and run across Frederick Road. Once I got a feed bucket, they were easy to catch, but until then, it resembled a rodeo. Without these folks' assistance, whose names I do not even know, there was a potential disaster brewing. Panicked horses and fast-moving automobiles are a dangerous mixture! This is another proof of the nature of the western Howard County community. When I needed help, it appeared.



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