Fair to put seniors in the spotlight


Olivia Wiley always looks forward to Seniors Day at the FFA Fair, especially when she has something special to display.

For the third straight year, the 66-year-old Westminster resident will enter several handmade items she has created just for this day. Seniors Day is Thursday at the Ag Center in Westminster.

"This year I will enter a piece of embroidery, a cloth doll and a quilt," Ms. Wiley said. "I have taken ribbons in the fair; in fact, I took a blue ribbon last year for a quilt I made and a blue ribbon the year before for a crocheted doll.

"I am really pleased that the fair has opened up for seniors. It's nice for the folks to see that seniors can still do things, just like other people."

Ms. Wiley, who has been embroidering and doing needlework since before she attended grade school, teaches a craft class at Westminster Senior Center, where she attends regularly.

"I teach a 'make it and take it' class once a week," she said. "It's a craft class for the seniors to make something and then take it home."

For Seniors Day at the fair, any person 60 or older may display items that represent such hobbies as woodworking, needle crafts, handicrafts, artwork and photography. Information: 848-4049 or 876-3363.


It's fair time in Carroll County as the 98th annual 4-H/FFA Fair convenes today at the Ag Center in Westminster.

Each day this week beginning at 10 a.m., the public is invited to get a firsthand view of the many projects and activities local 4-H'ers have been involved in during the past year.

Some of the highlights from the weeklong event include animal competitions, an antique tractor pull, tractor driving contest, farm queen competition, parade and a cake auction.

Live entertainment is scheduled, including a gospel sing that will feature area church choirs.

The fair will remain open each day until 10 p.m. Admission is free and plenty of free parking is available on the Ag Center grounds.

Information: 635-2028.


Friday evening, Theatre on the Hill will present another major production as the musical "Camelot" takes to the stage.

When the curtain goes up at 8 p.m., 26 actors and actresses will retell the traditional legend of King Arthur and his court. The show will also feature a full orchestra.

Performances are scheduled Saturday and Aug. 10-12 and 17-19. All shows begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $17 for adults and $13 for children 13 and under.

Information: 857-2448.


Union Mills Homestead will have its 25th annual Old-fashioned Corn Roast Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

A serving of chicken, applesauce, roll, sliced tomatoes and all the roasted corn you can eat is included in the ticket price, $8.50 for adults and $4 for children under 12.

You can browse through numerous craft exhibits, and handmade goods will be for sale.

The Homestead House and the Grist Mill will be open for tours. The cost for both is $4 for adults, $2.50 for children under 12. A single tour of the house or the Grist Mill is $2.50 for adults and $1.25 for children.

The blacksmith shop and gift shop also will be open.

Information: 848-2288.


Trinity Lutheran Church on Deer Park Road in Westminster will have its 119th annual Dutch picnic from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday on the church grounds.

Highlighting the event will be a jousting tournament from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Jousters from across the state will compete in different categories.

The menu features a fried chicken and ham dinner. The dinner is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children 6 to 12. Children under 6 can eat free.

Entertainment includes clowns and the sounds of Bonnie and Stan.

Children can enjoy animals at the petting zoo and, for hands-on entertainment, the Dinosaur's Den will offer activities.

Information: 848-1091 or 848-7812.

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