Treat yourself to some old-fashioned fun with a visit to the Carroll County Farm Museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The annual Fall Harvest Days will be in full swing.

Join in the tribute to nature's bounty and autumn's splendor as the air fills with the aroma of bubbling apple butter and homemade bread.

Other hearty country food will be on sale, including fresh meats, apple dumplings and pumpkin pies.

You can tour the museum or see a variety of demonstrations of old-time skills from butchering to threshing.

The museum opens its ice exhibit featuring antique sleighs, a rare ice block wagon and an ice plow used on the county's ponds in the last century.

You'll find what "Horsing Around" is about, too, in the upper barn.

If you've got a favorite pumpkin, enter it into the heaviest pumpkin contest. Or, just guess the weight of the entries, which will be on display Saturday. If you're right, you'll win a prize.

Take a wagon ride or make a scarecrow, shop with craft vendors or simply sit back and watch the continuous entertainment.

Admission is $3 for adults or $1.50 for children age 6 to 18 and senior citizens. Younger children will be admitted free. Information: 876-2667.

Or, mix recreation with education. You'll get a healthy dose of history by traveling to Taneytown Saturday.

The Taneytown Library will present an authentic Civil War encampment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The men of enactment Company E will portray a typical day in the life of Civil War soldiers and invites the public to interact with them.

The library is at 10 Grand Drive. Information: 876-6008.

In other diversions this weekend:

* Theater buffs have a choice of two shows. Carroll Players opens with "Steel Magnolias," its fall dinner theater production Friday at Frock's, Bond Street, Westminster. Begin your evening with dinner at 7 p.m. followed by the show. Additional performances will be Saturday as well as Oct. 20 and 21.

Reservations are requested. Information: 876-7415.

Or, see Western Maryland College's production of "True West," Sam Shephard's comic version of the Cain and Abel story.

Curtain rises at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $5 for the general public or $2 for students. Information: 848-7000.

* Put on you dancing shoes and wish the week's cares away at Mount Airy's American Legion Gold Star Post 191 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday.

Allen Brown and Wishing Well provide the music. Tickets are $5 per person admission and a cash bar will be available.

The post is at 801 Prospect Road. Information: 829-1510.

Pitch those shoes

* Get some exercise Saturday and help the Special Olympics, too. Rewster's Restaurant sponsors its annual horseshoe tourney to benefit the organization.

Start tossing at 9 a.m. at Salt Box Park, Woodbine. Information: 848-7022.

* Six bands strike up beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday. Francis Scott Key High School on Bark Hill Road, Uniontown, plays the host.

Information: 848-2422.

* While the weather is still balmy, how about a walking tour around historic Westminster Sunday?

The Carroll County tourism office sponsors the free tours of Court Street area, including the interior of the county courthouse and Ascension Church from 2 to 3 p.m., weather permitting.

Start at the Tourist Information Center, 210 E. Main St. Information: 848-1388.

* Skip the cooking and the dishes and have your Sunday breakfast at the Union Bridge Fire Hall from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

You can eat all you want and the fire company benefits. The menu includes many country favorites including pancakes, sausage, pudding and hominy.

Cost is $4 for adults and $2 for children 6 to 12 years.

The hall is on Locust Street. Information: 775-7422.

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