Mount Airy's Jaycees may be counting the days until their yard sale on Sept. 25, but they would rather be counting more vendor registrations for the fall fund-raiser.
Although nearly 110 vendors have paid their rental fees for the flea market extravaganza, the number of registrations is down compared with prior events.
"We really should have between 150 to 180 vendors by this time," said Jaycee Laurie Hager. "We usually have a minimum of 200 vendors."
Touted by the local Jaycees as some of "Maryland's Largest Yard Sales," the events draw thousands of bargain shoppers who meander among vendor tables and displays in search of trinkets and treasures.
The yard sales, which are major fund-raisers for the club, are held in April and September at the Mount Airy Carnival Grounds at Twin Arch Road and Route 27. Although the official hours of the rain-or-shine events are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the vendors and some early browsers arrive as early as 5:30 a.m.
A variety of foods including breakfast, lunch and snack items will be available to purchase at the Jaycees' food booth. Like the yard sale rental fees, proceeds from food sales will help finance Jaycee service projects.
For the Jaycees, autumn is time to gear up for the club's two largest service projects. In November, the Jaycees deliver a bounty of food for the holidays to local needy families through their Thanksgiving Baskets project. In December, the club hosts a Christmas celebration for less fortunate children that includes a special gift selected for each child.
"The Jaycees rely upon the yard sale proceeds in order to do those projects," said Mrs. Hager.
Other Jaycee fall activities include co-sponsoring the Mount Airy Halloween Parade and Costume Contest with the Mount Airy Lions Club in October, and sponsoring a Santa Visits projects in December.
Mrs. Hager said the Mount Airy Jaycees will also be actively involved with the town and the other 16 community groups in the flood relief effort for Alexandria, Mo.
Blacktop spaces measure about 9 feet by 18 feet, and grassy spaces about 14 feet by 20 feet. Advance registrations made by the Sept. 20 deadline cost $20 per space. For registrations returned after the deadline or made on the day of the event, the cost will be $25 per space.
Information: (301) 829-2778 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or (301) 829-0651 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday's Business Expo at the Mount Airy Carnival Grounds will provide a cornucopia of information about commercial ventures owned and/or operated in our community.
The public is encouraged to drop by the Firemen's Activity Building between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to learn more about the many businesses in the area. The free expo is sponsored for the second year by the Greater Mount Airy Business Association.
More than 50 businesses will have booths at the Sept. 11 event featuring a bounty of hand-outs, samples, raffles and demonstrations.
The Town of Mount Airy invites the community to stop by its booth to learn more about the flood relief effort to help Alexandria, Mo.
Mount Airy NET's first fund-raiser will be held this Saturday when area teams gather at Watkins Park at 9 a.m. for the second annual Mount Airy Rotary Club Softball Tournament.
As of Wednesday, six teams had signed up for the one-day, single-elimination tournament. Tourney participants, who will donate a $100 team entry fee to Mount Airy NET, include players from Christi's Restaurant; the C.O. Mets from Booz, Allen and Hamilton Inc.; Calvary United Methodist Church; Howard Chapel United Methodist Church; St. Michael's Catholic Church; and the Mount Airy Rotary Club.
Mount Airy NET is a nonprofit ecumenical agency that serves as a network to involve local clubs, civic groups, government, volunteers and area churches in providing support and emergency assistance to those in need.
Parents will be returning to the world of chalkboards, child-size desks and timed classroom visits during September "meet-the-teacher" nights at their children's schools.
Twin Ridge Elementary in Mount Airy will have Back-to-School Nights at 7 p.m. Monday (kindergarten and first grade 1), Tuesday (second and third grades), and Wednesday (fourth and fifth grades). Brief PTA (Parent Teacher Association) meetings will be held each evening.
Winfield Elementary School will have its Back-to-School Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the cafetorium.
South Carroll High School will have its Back-to-School night Sept. 20, beginning at 7 p.m. in the main gymnasium.
Mount Airy Middle's Back-to-School Night will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 in the gymnasium. A brief PTSO (Parent Teacher Student Organization) meeting will also be featured.
Mount Airy Elementary School will have its Back-to-School and meet-the-teachers night at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 in the cafetorium.
The first PTA meeting of the new school year also will be held.