From steam machines, flea markets and flowers, to music and the arts, there's no lack of things to see and do this weekend around the county.
So what if you have to work and the kids are back in school, the Mason Dixon Historical Society's 31st annual Steam and Gas Round-Up is open today until dusk at the Carroll County Farm Museum, so stop in for a quick visit and maybe supper.
The event opens at 10 a.m. today, tomorrow and Sunday and features antique farm machinery, children's activities and farm demonstrations.
For early arrivers Sunday, devotional services will be offered, and a pancake breakfast will be served all three days starting at 6 a.m.
Early birds can start tomorrow at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Uniontown at the flea market and craft fair from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 3330 Uniontown Road.
Antiques, handmade furniture, crafts and collectibles will be sold and food will be available.
Getting ready to do some fall planting? Scurry over to the Westminster Rescue Mission's mum sale and flea market from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at 658 Lucabaugh Mill Road.
Breakfast and lunch will be sold, along with baked goods, vegetables and plants, and, of course, mums for $2 each.
At the Reese Fire Department carnival grounds on Route 140, the Deer Park Lions Club's 17th annual Smallwood Festival will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow.
St. Matthew's United Church of Christ will celebrate the season with its annual Pleasant Valley Fall Fest from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the fire hall on South Pleasant Valley Road.
Check the rummage, white elephant and Tupperware tables, the baked goods cart, the produce wagon, including homemade jams, jellies and other canned goods, and the silent auction. Lunch will be sold.
Entertainment will include Maryland Miss TEEN Heather Hull at 10 a.m. and the Alesia Band at 1 p.m.
The St. John Catholic School Parents, Teachers and Friends' annual flea market, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, always offers a variety of bargains at 43 Monroe St., Westminster.
Yet another fall festival is sponsored by the Friends of the Village -- Carroll Lutheran Village, that is. It will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Health Care Center, 200 St. Luke Circle, off Route 31.
Tired of shopping and looking for other forms of entertainment? Cranberry Mall will have the Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks' third annual Leisure Expo starting at 10 a.m. and continuing all day tomorrow.
Businesses, clubs and organizations offering a variety of leisure and recreational services will have displays, demonstrations and sample activities, as well as information.
While you're traveling the county to all these festivals and flea markets, take advantage of the Carroll County Arts Council's annual Studio Tour of local crafts people and artisans from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday.
For a brochure detailing the studios open for this educational and fun event, visit the Arts Council at 15 E. Main St., Westminster, or call 848-7272.
First Assembly of God Church will present a second weekend of its annual outdoor passion play, "Immanuel -- God is With Us," tomorrow and Sunday at the church, 30 N. Cranberry Road, Westminster.
Prior to the play at 8 p.m., food and beverages will be sold at 6 p.m., followed by a singing celebration at 7 p.m. A free-will offering will be taken.
And for Sunday, there's the Town of Union Bridge's gala '90s picnic.
The day starts with breakfast from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Union Bridge Fire Hall on Locust Street, along with a historical display. The cost is $4.25 for adults and $2 for children, free for kids under 6. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, gravy, eggs, pudding, hominy, home fries, biscuits, muffins, baked apples and beverage.
Also opening at 7 a.m. will be a flea market and craft stands on the grounds of Lehigh Portland Cement.
At Lehigh, food stands, live entertainment and helicopter rides will be offered. Custom cars and farm equipment will be displayed. Lehigh will give plant tours and there will be wagon rides around the grounds.
Events continue until 5 p.m.
& Information: 775-2718.