DESPITE A LATE afternoon downpour, Union Bridge's annual fall festival Saturday drew good crowds and raised about $3,000 for the Town Hall Funding Committee.
"The auction itself raised $1,758," said Kathy Kreimer, a committee member. "We had 176 donated items for the auction."
The daylong event featured numerous children's activities, such as pony rides, given by Ken Carta of Hanover, Pa., rides on an antique firetruck and a turn in the moon bounce tent.
New Windsor residents Rich and Jennifer Fehle brought their children, Holly, 3, and Bo, 6, who played in the moon bounce tent.
"This is our first time here," Rich Fehle said. "We're really enjoying ourselves."
One of the biggest attractions was Bob Alexander's 1953 Seagrave firetruck. Alexander said he first drove the truck as an 18-year-old volunteer firefighter with Union Bridge Volunteer Fire Company in 1953.
"It was a new firetruck then and cost about $15,000," Alexander said.
He bought the truck in 1989 for $800 and spent about a year restoring it. He drives it in parades in Carroll County and takes it to about 15 events such as the fall festival.
"With gas prices what they are, I'm not doing quite as many" events, Alexander said. "This truck has a V-12 engine and gets only four miles per gallon."
Helping Alexander that day were twins James and John Mackey, 13, of Westminster.
"We're helping people get on and off the truck and make sure they don't fall," explained James. "We're also earning community service hours."
Union Bridge Volunteer Fire Company had its latest rescue vehicle displayed. Volunteering that day were rescue personnel Brenda Burdette, Mike Cartwright and Dwayne Stine.
Another attraction was the reptile display put on by Bear Branch Nature Center. Naturalist Sheryl Pedrick said the snake seemed to interest the kids the most, though she also had a turtle and toad.
The festival featured crafters and a food concession stand that, at one point, had 30 people waiting in line. Crafters Mary Zimmer and her daughter Ann Zimmer of Union Bridge said that this was their first time at the fall festival and that they were selling well.
Entertainment included performances by groups such as the Nichols Sisters, Cry of Mercy, and Ronnie Reese and the Browningsville Cornet Band.
Kreimer said money raised at the festival would go toward paying the mortgage on Town Hall.
Line dancing classes
Taneytown Recreation Council is offering a 10-week line dance class beginning Tuesday at Taneytown Senior Center on Roberts Mill Road. Classes are from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays. Classes are open to anyone age 16 and older. Cost is $25.
Registration: Bob Broderick, 410-756-2809.
Registration for girls and boys basketball will be held at the Taneytown Burger King from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 29, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1. The fee is $30 for in-house teams and $40 for travel teams. Games are played through February.
Information: Dawn Miller, 410-756-1633.
Best of luck today to Northwest Middle School's walk-a-thon sponsored by the school's PTO. The event begins at 2 p.m. on the school grounds and is open to the public.
"Last year was our first one, and we raised $7,500," said event organizer Linda Galvin. "This year we have set an ambitious goal of raising $10,000."
Galvin said money raised would be used to support pupil activities, including the school newspaper, cultural programs, and pupil activity books.
Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.