Carroll County Farm Museum will celebrate July 4 in its usual grand way, starting at noon and ending with a giant fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.
Families are invited to spend the day on the grounds of the 140-acre historic farm in Westminster picnicking, visiting the farm buildings and enjoying a variety of entertainment.
WTTR-AM radio station will broadcast from the grounds throughout the day. The Westminster Jaycees will return to put on the fireworks display.
Bring your food or buy freshly prepared fried chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, sodas, pizza, ice cream and more from the many food vendors on the grounds.
Area craftspeople will sell hand-crafted jewelry, dried flowers, wood crafts, stenciled items, clothes and artwork. The Farm Museum General Store will be open for business.
Entertainment starts when the gates open with Ray Owen, patriotic recording artist and family entertainer. He will lead the crowd in the national anthem, then invite the crowd to participate in "Chicken Karaoke" while singing into a microphone inside a rubber chicken.
The first frog jumping contest will be held at 3 p.m. Children can bring their frogs to the competition, but registration is required.
Stillwater country music band takes the stage at 1 p.m., followed by the Carroll County Cloggers at 3 p.m. and On the Rise with Jennifer Rose from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Children can play old-fashioned games demonstrated by young apprentices from noon to 2 p.m., weather permitting. Or take a ride around the grounds in a mule-drawn wagon. Rides cost $1.50.
Farm Museum buildings will be open for tours until 6 p.m. Volunteer artisans will demonstrate skills that were routinely performed during the late 1800s. The farmhouse also has on display art deco masterpieces and glassware and china.
General admission to the grounds is $3 for adults and $2 for ages 7 to 18 and 60 and older, free for children younger than 6. Those coming in after 6 p.m., in lieu of admission, will be asked for a $5 donation to the Jaycees to help pay for the fireworks.
Leaving the museum
To facilitate the orderly flow of traffic after the celebration and fireworks Tuesday night, the following traffic patterns and parking restrictions will be in effect:
Center Street and Kate Wagner Road will close at 8:30 p.m. to incoming traffic.
No parking along Center Street, Gist Road, Smith Avenue or Kate Wagner Road will be permitted.
All traffic leaving the Farm Museum lot will use two lanes and be directed on Center Street toward Route 140. Vehicles will be allowed to turn left onto Green Street and Main Street or proceed to Route 140.
Right turns will be prohibited from Center Street.
East Main Street and Green Street will be closed to through traffic between South Center Street and Washington Road.
Traffic entering Westminster from Washington Road will be directed to Route 140 via Manchester Avenue or to Route 97 by a right turn on Main Street.
All traffic leaving the Carroll County Agriculture Center parking lot must use Smith Avenue to Gist Road toward Kate Wagner Road. Starting at Gist Road at Smith Avenue, both lanes of Gist Road will be one way to Kate Wagner Road.
Traffic exiting the Farm Museum will have priority.
Traffic will then proceed right to Route 27 or left to Route 32.
Maryland State Police and Westminster police will direct traffic before, during and after the fireworks.
The Farm Museum is at 500 S. Center St., Westminster. Information: 410-848-7775.