IF YOU have never been one to jump from one festival to the next, this week may be the best time to start. With fall festivals all over Carroll County and the surrounding area, it would be hard to attend just one without missing something exciting at another.
Here are some of the best bets around the central Carroll region.
Fall Harvest Days
Carroll County Farm Museum will hold its annual Fall Harvest Days celebration Saturday and Sunday at 500 S. Center St., Westminster.
Dottie Freeman of the farm museum says, "Fall Harvest Days is a chance for families to get together and see how work and play are united how work skills can be made into fun. It is an historic adventure showing how folks once labored and made labor into a celebration of fun."
With 32 food stands on the grounds both days, the smells alone will tantalize and tease visitors.
"We'll have good old-fashioned foods," Ms. Freeman says. "Come and have your taste buds satisfied."
Those foods include a variety of fall favorites, such as hot cider and spiced teas, gingerbread with lemon sauce, pumpkins and pumpkin products, homemade cookies, cakes, breads and rolls, apple dumplings, roast pig, fried chicken platters, Polish sausage, crab cakes and hot soups.
Sixty-six craft vendors will sell their wares during the festival.
Crafts include stained glass, yard decorations, twig furniture, tole painted items, handcrafted furniture and more.
Many of the artisans will offer demonstrations.
Throughout the day, members of the Mason Dixon Historical Society will demonstrate many old-fashioned work skills, such as shingle making, sawing, threshing and apple butter making.
The regular farm museum volunteer artisans will be on hand to share quilting, wood-carving, blacksmithing and other early 1800s skills in the Living History Center.
"One of the fun things is scarecrow-making," Ms. Freeman says. "With all of the equipment and materials on hand, you can make a life-sized scarecrow.
"It is always fun to watch the families leave the grounds with a full-size scarecrow sitting in the front seat or back seat of the car."
The Mason Dixon Historical Society also will sponsor a pedal pull for children.
Based on the premise of a real tractor pull, in this event children compete to pull weights with tiny pedal-driven tractors.
From 11 a.m. to close each day, events and announcements will be made by master of ceremonies Lou Rosenburg. Music will include country, bluegrass, folk and Irish music by the Wherligigs.
Something new this year will be the sound of a barbershop chorus as the Old Line Statesmen perform.
Also taking the stage will be the Beaver Creek Band, Plum Loco, Redwood, Dusty Rhodes, Free Wheeling, Bob Paisley and the Southern Grass and Paradise Club.
Hours at Fall Harvest Days will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
The museum will be open for tours with guides in period dress. Admission to the festival is $4 for adults and $2 for youths 7 to 18 and seniors over age 60.
Children 6 and under will be admitted free of charge.
Silver Run/Union Mills Lions Club will hold its 12th annual Fall Festival, Flea Market and Crafts Show at Union Mills Shriver Homestead Park on Saturday and Sunday.
Begin the day with a full-course old-time breakfast served by members of Silver Run/Union Mills Lions Club.
With regular and buckwheat pancakes, eggs, sausage, home fries, pudding and hominy, orange juice and coffee or tea, this breakfast is sure to get your day going on the right foot.
Craft and flea market vendors will sell their wares, many with a fall theme.
Mums and other fall flowers and pumpkins as well as fall decorations will be for sale.
Featured will be a variety of children's rides, horse and wagon rides and pony rides.
Antique tractors and cars will be on display.
Blacksmithing demonstrations will take place throughout the day, and the 1790s mill and house will be open for tours for a small fee.
At the mill, children can see how a water wheel once powered the stones that ground wheat into flour for making breads, rolls and cakes in the early 1800s and before.
Entertainment will take to the stage each day beginning at noon with country music singer Ashley Marie. The Alesia Band and the Carroll County Cloggers also will perform.
With all of the sights, sounds and smells of an old-time autumn festival, you won't want to miss this celebration.
Hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Union Mills Shriver Homestead Park is on Route 97, six miles north of the airport.
For more information, call Charles Dorsey at 346-7078 or John Hopkins at 848-6855.
Kingsdene Nurseries will hold its annual celebration of autumn from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
With scarecrow-making, craft vendors, horse and wagon rides, free balloons for children, and entertainment on the grounds, this festival should be a fun one.
Entertainment will be provided by several individual performers and the featured band, Kindred Spirit. It is worth the trip just to hear the progressive, folksy sound of this dynamic musical combination.
Pumpkins, mums and gourds will be offered for sale, and the greenhouse will be open. The Knights of Columbus will provide hot dogs, hamburgers and sodas.
Kingsdene Nurseries is located on Route 97 just north of the airport.
Lois Syzmanski's Central Carroll neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.