Grab your lawn chair, blankets and picnic baskets and children. Pileinto the car and drive to the Carroll County Farm Museum Sunday. Lots of pickin' and strummin' are going on.

The Deer Creek Fiddlers Convention will present the first of its two summer festival competitions from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 500 S. Center St., Westminster.

Hear the fiddles, banjos, mandolins and guitars play. Musicians entertain you as they compete for prizes.

Cost is $7 for adults. Children younger than 18 will be admitted free, if accompanied by a paying adult.

If you don't want to pack your own lunch, don't worry. Fried chicken, pit beef, homemade desserts and more will be on sale.

All the museum's exhibit buildings will be open and artisans will demonstrate skills.

Information: 876-2667.


If you wanna dance, the Hubcaps have the tunes for you. The band plays popular oldies from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday.

So, put on your dancing shoes and get those feet to Frock's, Bond Street, Westminster.

The dance benefits the American Cancer Society and tickets are $25 per person. Youmight win a great door prize, too. Information: 823-2515.


Dancing isn't your thing? Put on your walking shoes, instead.

The Piedmont Pacers Volksmarch Club is sponsoring a 10-kilometer walk alongnatural trails and back roads through the county.

You have your choice of day and time, too. Start any time between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30p.m. Saturday or Sunday at Union Mills on Littlestown Pike, Westminster.


It's summertime in Carroll and you can usually find a carnival. This week stop in at New Windsor.

Friday hear tunes by Lucifer and dine on a chicken platter. Saturday the Versetones sing yourfavorite gospel tunes and roast beef will be on the menu.

The rides, sounds and refreshments can be found at the Carnival Grounds, Water Street. Information: 635-6373.


Bargain hunters will have ablast this Saturday.

Century 21 Charles J. Plunkert office is sponsoring a flea market and yard sale to benefit Easter Seals.

With a few sale spaces left, you can be a buyer or seller. Organizers willgladly accept your donations and can arrange free pick up.

Start shopping at 8 a.m. on East Green and South Church streets, Westminster. Information: 876-1477.

Hampstead has some bargains to offer, too.

Stop at St. George's Episcopal Church and see a craft and flea market from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2434 Cape Horn Road, Hampstead.

Anauction is planned for 2 p.m. and food will be available all day. Information: 239-3669.


History, anyone?

The Historical Society of Carroll County has its annual quilt event to raise money for county quilt documentation.

Visitors will see quilting demonstrations, displays and several presentations. Admission is $5 per person.

Doors open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Carroll County Extension Agency, Agricultural Lane, Westminster. Information: 239-8958.


Books are perfect company on a lazy summer afternoon.

Cranberry Mall plans Super Summer Read Together for the whole family at 11a.m. Saturday. You may hear some special storytelling, too.

The mall is on Center Street, Westminster. Information: 848-4285.


Want to show off your pet?

Bring your cats, dogs or whatever to Piney Run Park's annual Children's Pet Show Saturday. Ribbons and trophies will be awarded in several categories including best costumes.

Cost is 50 cents per pet and rabbits, small farm animals, reptiles and birds are invited, too.

You might want to study your animal science a little. The judges can ask questions.

Children must handle their own pets. Animals must be 6-months or older, leashed or in cages and have current rabies shots.

Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. at 30 Martz Road, Eldersburg. Information: 795-6043.


If you missed all those strawberries last weekend, you still have a chance.

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church plans its Strawberry Festival at 4 p.m. Saturday. Alesia Band entertains while you dine.

The church is at 827 Leisters Church Road, Westminster. Information: 848-6402.


Take time out for Old Glory at 2 p.m. Sunday as the Westminster Elks Lodge 2277 has its annual Flag Day ceremony.

Judge Raymond E. Beck is guest speaker. The Westminster Municipal Band, American Legion Color Guard and Boy Scout Troop 381 all participate.

The lodge is on Gorsuch Road and Route 140. Information: 876-8702.

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