County plans rock festival for youth


The Carroll County Recreation and Parks Department is planning a rock festival for area youths Sept. 9.

The all-day event probably will feature five or six regionally known bands and one head-liner band at the end of the concert, said Don Smith, recreation supervisor.

"We think it's going to be a real nice event for kids who aren't athletes," he said. "The rec councils have all sorts of athletic events, but not much for kids who aren't athletes."

Co-sponsors are the Carroll County Youth Recreation Council and the City of Westminster. A committee has been formed consisting of Mr. Smith, Ron Schroers of the city recreation department and Craig Bare, former owner of the Live Mix Under 21 Club.

Carroll Community College will be the site for the festival, Mr. Smith said. The committee may bring in a professional stage and sound system, plus vendors of food, T-shirts, tapes and compact discs.

"It'll be a real festival-type atmosphere and will last all day," Mr. Smith said.

The concert probably will start about 10 a.m. Music will be continuous, with a disc jockey playing music between sets, he said.

L But two things are needed: bands and corporate sponsorships.

With musical tastes so varied, the committee is hoping for different types of groups -- rock, new age, country, Christian rock and popular music. Interested bands are invited to make a demo tape and send it to Mr. Smith at the Carroll County Recreation and Parks Department, Suite 205, 125 N. Court St., Westminster, Md. 21157.

Admission will be charged for the festival, but the committee needs sponsorships to help defray costs.

Anyone wishing to help should call Mr. Smith at 857-2100.

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