Get ready for this year's Savage Fest


Next weekend the streets of Savage will be filled with antique cars, parade floats, fire trucks, bands and crafts people for the fourth annual Savage Fest.

It's a local celebration that draws just about the entire town of Savage and then some.

Highlights of the fair include country music bands, a tribute to Elvis Presley by Frenchie and the Heartthrobs, and an antique car show.

"Community Conservation and Recycling" is the theme of the festival and the grand marshal for the parade is Terry Young, who is known around Savage for traveling the town's streets on his bicycle collecting cans and bottles for recycling.

Planning for the fair, which is sponsored by the Savage Community Association, has been in the works for months. Members of the fair committee have been busy lining up local business sponsors, food vendors and entertainment.

"Every year it gets a little bit bigger and more elaborate," said Mark Thornton, a lieutenant with the Savage Volunteer Fire Department who is coordinating the parade to be held June 5 at 11 a.m.

The parade will feature community groups and churches, local politicians, floats and trucks from local volunteer fire departments.

Despite the event's growing popularity, "we try to keep it as local as possible," said Ellen Waff, a member of the fair committee.

Savage businesses are sponsoring the two bands that will perform at the fair, and other businesses with local connections are sponsoring the carousel ride.

The Savage Fest had its start in an annual event called Savage Days, which came to an end several years ago. Four years ago a group of Savage residents decided to revive the annual fair and call it Savage Fest.

Savage resident Corrinne Arnold has coordinated all three fairs and continues her leadership role this year.

Bill Waff, president of the Savage Community Association, said that fair expenses run just under $9,000. Last year, fair proceeds totaled about $11,000.

Generally the association uses some of the profits as seed money for the next year's fair and donates the rest of the money to various community events.

Mr. Waff said that much of the money raised from this year's fair will probably go toward the restoration of the Carroll Baldwin Community Hall. The state and county have approved $137,000 for repair work, but the Savage community must raise $3,000 toward the effort.

The Savage Fest will be held June 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and June 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fair will take place on the commons behind the Carroll Baldwin Community Hall, Baltimore at Foundry streets.

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