Mount Airy's 11th Annual Fall Festival on Oct. 7 and 8 will be an old-fashioned celebration of community spirit and civic pride built on a 10-year history of crowd-pleasing events.
Advance rentals to crafters reflect this foundation. Planning committee chairman Ben Gue reported on Wednesday that 116 of 120 vendor booths for crafters had been rented, leaving only four available spaces. He was confident that the crafter spaces for the two-day event, which have been rented for a $45 fee, would be a sell-out.
Mr. Gue, who has chaired the event since 1991, said this year's early demand for vendor spaces has been a welcome change from the challenges faced by the planning committee in years past due to last-minute rentals.
"It seems like everything is running ahead of schedule," he said.
This is the second year that crafts featured at the event have been "juried," Mr. Gue said. This requires craft vendors to provide photographs or slides of their wares for approval prior to rental, he explained.
"[The purpose was] to upgrade crafts and give a variety of things," he said.
This year's array of hand-crafted items includes painted beeswax ornaments, woven baskets, pottery, tole-painted wood items, wreaths, dolls, quilts and art.
Festival hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 7 and noon to 5 on Oct. 8. Mount Airy's Main Street along the downtown business district will be closed during these hours.
A free shuttle using Carroll Transit buses will carry festival patrons to and from Mount Airy Firemen's Carnival Grounds. The traditional Fun Run, jointly sponsored by Mount Airy and Twin Ridge Elementary Schools, will kick off the event on Saturday morning. A Main Street-performance by South Carroll High School's marching band on Saturday morning also will help launch the event.
Four bands are billed on the festival's entertainment roster: Sneaky Feelings, Southern by Choice, Cabellero and Plan B.
Karaoke sponsored by Memories Charcoal House, a Civil War encampment sponsored by the Fall Festival Committee, Bill Knill's free hay rides, a petting zoo and many other activities will return for the 1995 event.
Area residents who love the thrill of competition are invited to costume their pet, make a batch of their favorite chili or enter an adorable child's photograph in three festival contests. For more details, call (301) 829-1900 (Christi's Chili Cook-off); (301) 829-0110 (Best Dressed Pet Contest); and (301) 831-5475 (Jaycees' Baby Photo Contest).
Youngsters will again enjoy a Children's Activities Corner that will include pony rides and a moon bounce. Youngsters will be able to make their own scarecrow for $5 or paint a pumpkin for $1 and enter their creations, if they wish, in separate contests held at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Pumpkins will be available to purchase at the festival or painters may bring their own. Official 1995 Fall Festival shirts will be the prizes in the scarecrow and pumpkin contests.
These ivory-colored shirts feature an orange pumpkin and vine designs on front and back. They will also be available for purchase, with prices starting at $12 each.
Mount Airy Middle School students, teachers and staff put their heads and hearts into celebrating Cal Ripken's record-breaking game on Wednesday.
Hats are not permitted to be worn while school is in session, but fans of the Baltimore Orioles' Iron Man could make a 25-cent donation to the ALS Society for the privilege of wearing a cap on Wednesday.
Many hats and other Oriole-inspired clothing were worn by youngsters and adults at Mount Airy Middle to celebrate the big day. Principal Larry Barnes reported that donations to the ALS Society totaled $465 as of Thursday morning and would be accepted through Friday with the hope of reaching the $500 mark.
Everything from Corky, Carroll County public library's mascot, to free golf clinics will be featured at Mount Airy's Business Expo on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Firemen's Carnival Grounds at Route 27 and Twin Arch Road.