The Westminster Fallfest celebrates its 20th anniversary, as well as autumn, starting Wednesday with a parade and concluding Sept. 27 with activities at the city playground.
This year's parade is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, a change from the usual Thursday opening night of games, rides and food.
The parade will start at Dutterer's Family Park off Pennsylvania Avenue near West Middle School and proceed down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street to Longwell Street to East Middle School.
Marching bands, music, floats, majorettes and more will entertain along the route.
'Its own night'
"For the 20th-anniversary celebration, we gave the parade its own night and made it its own event," said Ronald J. Schroers, director of the Westminster City Recreation Department. "We're also doing super ride night Thursday and a super Saturday matinee, six hours of unlimited rides for only $8 with a coupon."
The festival offers something for every member of the family, from the rides, games and food booths to craft vendors, bingo, music and contests.
Youngsters can make a scarecrow, or check out the activities in the kids' court. At least 15 rides are available for big and little children.
Kiwanis Club of Westminster sponsors the kids' court for 3- to 10-year-olds, with a parent. Check out the basketball court for such activities as the ring toss, moon bounce, face painting, sandbox grab box, ducky pickup, toilet-paper toss and beanbag toss.
Club officials said about 800 children went through the kids' court last year, and they expect 1,000 or more this year. The club asks $1 admission at the gate.
Ashley Marie sings Friday night with the Dixie Highway Band. Shoppers can visit participating stores in downtown Westminster until midnight Friday.
Saturday events will include a karaoke contest, a concert by Kathy Martin & the Hot Rods, a parking lot full of craft vendors, a petting zoo in front of the Westminster branch library and an antique car show.
Sunday, the windup day, will feature rides, games, food and crafts, another car show, music, demonstrations and a pie-eating contest.
The festival also is a chance for nonprofit groups to showcase their services to the community and to earn money for programs. Proceeds from the festival are split among several local charities every year.
Recipients of this year's profits will be the Arc of Carroll County, Bright Vision Therapeutic Riding, Carroll Hospice, Carroll Transit System, Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc. and the Kiwanis Club of Westminster.
Those groups also are in need of volunteer assistance at the festival. Information: Westminster City Recreation Department, 410- 848-6962.
Parade entries sought
The Fallfest Committee is accepting parade entries. Floats, marching units, nonprofit groups, performers, antique cars and fire companies are welcome. Applications: 410-848-9393 or 410-751- 5501.
Because parking is limited around the Fallfest area, Carroll Transit will offer free shuttle transportation every 15 minutes from the Carroll County government buildings on Center Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27.
Festival offers four days of music, food and more
The 20th annual Westminster Fallfest opens Thursday, with rides, games, food booths, crafts, contests and entertainment.
Musical acts, contests and demonstrations will be scattered over the Longwell and playground stages, park grounds, Longwell Street and the Westminster branch library.
Festival hours are 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 27.
Here is the schedule of activities:
4 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Scarecrow making, Big 6 game, super ride night for $10, old-fashioned bingo with prizes, games, food, kids' court.
7 p.m.: Parade float and majorette winners announced.
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Jump Start featuring Brad Collins.
fTC 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Ashley Marie and the Dixie Highway Band, scarecrow making, Big 6 game, kids' court, rides, old-fashioned bingo with prizes, games, food.
6 p.m. to midnight: Midnight Madness Shopping downtown at participating businesses.
10 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Rides, Big 6 game, scarecrow making, kids' court, old-fashioned bingo, roving entertainment.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Craft vendors/commercial show on Longwell parking lot.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Super ride matinee, 4-H petting zoo (at the library), Gettysburg Antique Car Club (Longwell Avenue), Gold Wings Motorcycle Club.
10 a.m. to 10: 30 a.m.: Renegade Cloggers.
11 a.m. to noon: Terry Gourley and Sandy Leisher.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Jazz Caravan.
Noon to 1 p.m.: Old Line Statesmen Chorus.
12: 15 p.m. to 1: 15 p.m.: Perna Gymnastics.
1: 30 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Karaoke contest, with finals at 3: 30 p.m.; Thing One.
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Fallfest Olympics.
4 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Westminster Karate Academy.
4: 30 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Doris Barnes.
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Hot Trax DJ.
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Kathy Martin & the Hot Rods.
Noon to 6 p.m.: Craft vendors/commercial show on Longwell parking lot, kids' court, rides, scarecrow making, roving entertainment.
Noon to 4 p.m.: Street Cars of Desire car show (Longwell Street), Gold Wings Motorcycle Club.
Noon to 2 p.m.: Krewe of Renegades.
Noon to 1 p.m.: Carroll County Cloggers.
1: 15 p.m. to 1: 45 p.m.: Westminster city recreation aerobics.
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Pie-eating contest, Old Line Statesmen Chorus.
2 p.m. to 3: 30 p.m.: Terry Gourley and Sandy Leisher.
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Fallfest Olympics.
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Jerry Haines.
4 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Choe's Hap Ki Do Karate.
Pub Date: 9/20/98