The 49th annual Howard County Fair, a traditional fair featuring exhibits, animals, contests, craft demonstrations, food, entertainment and amusement, begins Aug. 13.
The weeklong event will be open each day from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Animal exhibits and shows for open class and 4-H are scheduled each day. You will be able to see cattle, sheep, swine, horses, goats, rabbits, poultry and waterfowl. Pig races will be held daily. The petting zoo, which was new last year, will be open each day.
This year, planners of the fair found an antique tractor collection, which will be on display all week. The indoor exhibits are open daily, beginning Aug. 14, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. There you can see fruits and vegetables, farm crops and beautiful handmade items. There is a division for fine arts and crafts, and the presentations of flowers are exceptional.
There is something for everyone at the fair, so mark your calendar and plan to spend a day or two relaxing. Parking is free, and admission is $3 for those over 12, free for children under 12, and $2 for anyone over 62.
The Howard County Fair is always staffed with volunteers. Planners still need people to set up tables, display stands, signs and to help with registration, parking and office work.
"Go-fers" are needed and organizers need help with the bake sales and auctions. There are plenty of other jobs. You can volunteer for an hour or the whole week.
To volunteer, call 442-1022 and leave a message.
Two members of the Glenelg Country School Chapter of the Young Astronauts went to the White House to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
H. Russell Frisby III and James T. Frisby met with President Clinton, Vice President Al Gore and the three Apollo 11 astronauts in the Oval Office.
T. Wendell Butler, president of the Young Astronauts Council also went.
Thirty students from Glenelg Country School participate in the Young Astronauts Program, which was founded in 1984. Upper School resource teacher June Frisby established the GCS chapter in 1992.
More than 400,000 students in the United States and 15 other countries are involved in Young Astronauts.
It was only 7:30 Friday morning, and it looked like a good start to a good day. My husband picked up his lunch and left for work; my son cleaned up from his breakfast and fed the dog. I finished watering the outside plants, and the recyclables were down by the street.
Later that morning many in our neighborhood found green stickers on the remnants of their carefully sorted trash. Not us. No sticker, no pickup. We were too late. Putting our recyclables out at night is chancy, for they might be all over the street in the morning. Critters wait to get into even rinsed and bagged empty cans and jars.
No one wants to get up at 5:30 a.m. on a summer morning to BTC make the 6 a.m. recycling deadline. We believe in recycling. We do it, and we promote it, but county government needs to make it easier for people and pick up the recyclables at a reasonable time.
Here is some good news: West Friendship resident Kelly Lorsong was recognized at the Mount de Sales Academy Honors Assembly as the top student in French II at the school. Kelly will be a junior at Mount de Sales in the fall.
Chapelgate Christian Academy in Marriottsville has grown fast since its founding three years ago. Broadening the curriculum with the growth of the school has given the staff an opportunity to offer new courses such as second-year biology to its high school students.
Chapelgate has also expanded its sports and activities for grades six through 12. This year, students may choose to participate in soccer, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, fast-pitch softball and baseball.
John B. Curran is the athletic director at Chapelgate, and he hopes to continue to enlarge the sports program.
For more information about Chapelgate Christian Academy, phone 442-5888.
Members of 4-H clubs learn to be careful consumers. To further that goal, 4-H members will participate in a consumer judging contest from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Glenelg High School.
Students will judge the merits of a variety of cereals and deliver their opinions verbally.
They will give written arguments for choosing athletic shoes. Then they'll judge camera film and telephones.
Juniors, ages 8 to 10, will identify kitchen equipment, while intermediates and seniors, ages 11 to 19, critique compact disc players. Any 4-H member can participate in the contest. If you'd like information on joining 4-H, call 313-2707 for a 4-H packet.
It's time for a homemade barbecue chicken dinner at the Fifth District Volunteer Fire Department banquet hall.
You can enjoy chicken, corn on the cob, potato salad, cole slaw, rolls and butter, dessert and a beverage for just $6. Kids pay only $3. Dinner will be served Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Phone 531-3984.