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Annual events mark the season; Autumn: Harvest days and flea markets, trade shows and marching bands are happening around Carroll as fall opens.


Put on your walking shoes, comfy jeans and T-shirt and get ready to celebrate autumn this weekend at events in every corner of Carroll County.

Carroll County Farm Museum will have its annual Fall Harvest Days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday at 500 S. Center St. in Westminster. Scarecrow-making, a milk mustache contest, music, food, crafts, old-time artisans demonstrations, wagon rides and a checker tournament are just a few of the activities available.

The Mount Airy Festival on the Ridge closes downtown Main Street from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday for this annual celebration. Lots of children's activities are scheduled, along with crafts, food, entertainment and contests -- spaghetti eating, hot dog eating, best dressed pet and a bed race.

Scheduled entertainers include the South Carroll High School marching band, Harvest Bible Flag Team, Choe's Hapki Do Karate, Body & Soul Aerobics, Caballero's Band, Wild West Gang, Linganore Chorus, Bambini, Kids CORRAL, Faith Tabernacle puppet show, Zion Mountain Boys, American Standard Band, Skyview Gymnastics, Reisterstown Jazz Band and Davis Street Band.

The Sykesville Business Association Inc. will sponsor its 26th annual Sykesville Fall Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow. This single day event starts with a breakfast at St. Barnabas Church from 7: 30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Main Street here will be closed and filled with crafts and food vendors, entertainers and a car show. Town Hall will be open for tours. A Civil War re-enactment will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Everybody's Quilt Guild will present the Harvest of Quilts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the National Guard Armory on Hahn Road in Westminster.

Quilts will cover the walls, a vendors mall will offer quilts for sale, quilt demonstrations will be given and a certified quilt appraiser will give estimates of the value of antique quilts.

Boy Scout Troop 582 of New Windsor will have a two-day flea market and raffle from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday at the New Windsor Firemen's Carnival Grounds on Atlee Avenue.

Vendors will offer crafts and yard sale/flea market items of all kinds and the Scouts will sell a variety of foods and beverages.

The first Autumn Days Festival sponsored by the Northwest Business Association will be held tomorrow and Sunday at Pipe Creek Park, located on Old Taneytown Pike east of Taneytown. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4 per car.

St. Benjamin's Lutheran Church women's group will have a yard and bake sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at 700 Krider's Cemetery Road, Westminster.

Piney Run Park will hold its annual Fall Fishing Tournament from 6 a.m. to noon tomorrow on the lake, 30 Martz Road, Eldersburg. Entry fee is $12 (plus park entrance fees) and Maryland fishing regulations apply. Cash prizes will be awarded. Registration is required. Information: 410-795-3274.

Autumn also is the season for high school marching bands to compete against each other for best performance in a number of areas -- music, marching, flags, percussion, drum major. Two competitions occur tomorrow.

Westminster High School will hold a Tournament of Bands Competition at 5 p.m. tomorrow at the school, 1225 Washington Road. Twenty bands from Maryland and Pennsylvania will perform. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

The Francis Scott Key High School Instrumental Music Boosters also will sponsor a Showcase of Bands marching and band competition from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the school on Bark Hill near Uniontown. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

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