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THE BALTIMORE SUN

WE ALL love fresh, juicy peaches this time of the year.

What's better than sliced peaches on top of vanilla ice cream or a thick slice of peach pie?

How about an old-fashioned festival to celebrate peaches? Krider's United Church of Christ will hold its annual peach festival, a fund-raiser that begins at 4 p.m. Aug. 23 at the church on Krider's Church Road in Westminster.

Pat Miller, a church representative, said the event evolved from an old-fashioned festival held during the church's 230th anniversary celebration a few years ago.

The church sold sodas for 5 cents and hot dogs for 25 cents, and a band entertained with traditional German music.

The festival has been held annually except in 1995, when the church building was being torn down. A new building was finished a year ago.

This summer's peach festival will be similar to that first celebration.

Two bands will perform German music. Light fare will include hot dogs, barbecue, chicken corn soup, peaches, ice cream and homemade peach desserts. Cake-walks and face-painting will be among the activities.

No admission is charged, and parking is free.

"You only have to pay for your meal, then sit down and have a wonderful time," Miller said.

Banding together

Westminster High School's Instrumental Music Boosters will hold a flea market and craft show from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the school's stadium parking lot.

A consignment area will be set aside for furniture, musical instruments and other large items.

Boosters will sell doughnuts, pastries, hot dogs, sloppy Joes, beverages and baked goods. Each instrumental section will run a carnival-type game.

"One of the highlights will be a dunking booth, where band members can try to dunk their favorite director" -- Kim Zitlau or Mark Lortz -- "or instructors in the various sections," said Sherri Wahlgren, show organizer.

Wahlgren is a Finksburg resident whose son Nathan, a senior, is leader of the trumpet section, and whose daughter Ally, a junior, plays percussion.

"We are trying to raise money for half of a new uniform this year," she said. "We'd like to purchase new pants. We're trying to bring our look into the '90s and out of the '70s."

Admission is free. Vendor spaces are available.

Information: Sue Fagen, 410-840-0508.

Farm fresh

Downtown Westminster Farmers' Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday at Sherwood Parking Lot through Oct. 25.

Farm-fresh seasonal produce, herbs, jellies and jams, flowers and plants, and organically grown produce are offered. A raffle for a box of produce is held every week. Customers receive a free raffle ticket with every purchase.

The parking lot is at Railroad Avenue and Distillery Drive.

Information: 410-848-4363.

Pub Date: 8/11/97

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