State fair bash


The plan was to fire up about a dozen hot-air balloons in an on-the-ground display for the Maryland State Fair Sponsor's Party. The skies fired down instead, making a thunderstorm and deluge of water the only outdoor display that night.

However, spirits stayed high and dry inside the Timonium Fairgrounds' Vista Room, where some 75 ballooning buffs enjoyed a buffet of crab cakes and roast beef.

Among those in this fun bunch: Grove Miller, president and board chair of the Maryland State Fair; Max Mosner, vice president and general manager of the fair; Andy Cashman, assistant general manager of the fair; Kevin Poeppelman, fair balloonmeister; Becky Petrehn, Lorin Schwartz, Roy Caton, John Addison, Bennett Schwontkowski, Ron Martin and Donna Fox, balloon pilots; Dallas Arthur, president of Carrollton Bank; Mike Lidinsky, Maryland distributor for Korbel Champagne; Rick Broderick, president of the Bees Distributing Co.; and Cheryl Phelps, systems analyst for McCormick & Co.

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