"The youngsters are the reason we produce the Howard County Fair each year," says Fair Board President Rob Moxley of West Friendship.
The fair's organizers work year-round to give young and old a chance to show their projects, which range from livestock to farm crops to food, arts, clothing, crafts and flowers.
The extensive 4-H department has special categories this year to commemorate this 50th Howard County Fair. Contestants from the 4-H will submit cakes decorated for the 50th anniversary, arts projects with a Howard County Fair theme, photographs of previous Howard County fairs and Howard County Fair 50th anniversary flower arrangements.
The fair also is a chance to enjoy rides on the midway, to compete, to show off projects, to see the products and skills our neighbors contribute, and to celebrate our community.
You do not have to live on a farm to participate in the fair or in 4-H.
The Fair Board, which owns the fairground, has installed a larger, air-conditioned dining hall and a convenient new restroom.
Preview day for the fair is Aug. 12. Grand Opening Day, Aug. 13, features many events, including a pie eating contest, pretty animal contest, cow milking contest, the farm queen contest and the beginning of the 4-H livestock shows.
Events Aug. 13 will include a grand opening parade and the 12th annual West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department's parade. The Baltimore Colts Marching Band will perform in the afternoon.
Lisa Solomon of the Educational Foundation is seeking three families from the western part of the county to play host to foreign exchange students for the coming school year. All the 15- to 18-year-old students who visit will speak some English, and Ms. Solomon promises to match student and family interests.
More than 20 European young adults -- including a Finnish boy who loves tennis, badminton and dogs -- need hosts.
A Swiss girl who likes to ride horses, sing and play guitar would like to live with a vegetarian family.
A boy from Switzerland won his trip to the United States through a radio station.
Each month he will broadcast his experiences through the station from his American home.
Students from Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark and +V Sweden arrive next month and stay through June.
All the students placed in our area will attend Glenelg High School. They need room, board and a family atmosphere, and will have spending money and insurance.
If your family would like to volunteer, call Ms. Solomon at 461-7362.
Registration begins Monday for the Aug. 11 program at the Lisbon Community Library.
"Sugar and Spice" is a program of stories and activities at 10:30 a.m. that day about cookies and cakes for children ages 2 to 5.
For information, call 489-4290 after 10 a.m. Monday or register in person at the library.
During winter holidays, you might have noticed a 35-foot-tall, beautifully lighted spruce tree on Route 32 in Clarksville.
Donald Parlette planted it many years ago and was as proud of his holiday tree as a person could be. He lived on the Parlette farm, which occupied the triangle of land formed by Route 32 and Trotter Road, all his life.
Mr. Parlette died June 29 after a long illness. He was a member of Clarksville Lions Club for 23 years and served on its board of directors. Lions Club President Will Hobbs says Mr. Parlette was most conscientious about his service to the Lions.
Clarksville Lions Club members and many friends join in sending condolences to his wife, Sandy Parlette, and the rest of his
Saturday, the Ladies Auxiliary of Fifth District Volunteer Fire Department in Clarksville will serve a country fried chicken buffet dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Pan-fried chicken, coleslaw, potato salad, green beans, desserts, iced tea, lemonade and coffee will be served.
Adults pay $8, and children can eat for $4. The firehouse is at Routes 108 and 32 in Clarksville.
Clarksville Lions Club will have its 14th annual Charity Golf Tournament on Sept. 26. Registration for the 1 p.m. tournament at Fort Meade Golf Course is taking place.
All are welcome at the shotgun scramble, which begins at 1 p.m.
Call Ken Shipley at 531-2826, or Bob Bruce at (301) 854-0096, to reserve your individual place or for a foursome.
Mark your calendar for Sept. 9. That's the date Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church will hold its annual fair.
The fair includes a crafts table, a flea market, a white elephant table, a food concession, games and entertainment, an auction and a raffle.
The church is on Burntwoods Road in Glenwood.