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'Fun and Fitness Festival'

Been itching for a day of outdoor fun? There's no doubt you'll be kept busy at the "Family Fun and Fitness Festival" Saturday at Druid Hill Park. Visitors of all ages can participate in a variety of recreational events. There will be cycling races, fitness walks and sports clinics in soccer, lacrosse, tennis, boxing, golf, basketball and football featuring Ravens players.

There also will be obstacle courses, games and storytelling for children. Senior-citizen events will be offered, including softball games, strolls, craft and gardening classes. There will be wheelchair basketball matches, martial arts demonstrations, health screenings, live music and dance performances, food vendors and more.

The festival runs 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Druid Hill Park, Gwynns Falls Parkway. Pre-registration required for the cycling races and for the football clinic. All events are free, except the cycling races, which cost $12-$18. Call 410-396-6694 or, on the Web, access

Sheep and Wool Festival

Ever wanted to see a working sheepdog demonstration? If so, you're in luck. This weekend, the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival will feature such demonstrations and more at the Howard County Fairgrounds. Visitors can watch sheep shows, see a sheep breed display, shop for wool and wool-related products from nearly 300 vendors, take part in fiber and farm equipment auctions and participate in contests. A total of 16 contests will be offered, some for teams, some for individuals; all will have adult and child divisions. Contests include sheep- to-shawl, spinning and weaving, skein and garment, and photography.

Festival directors are asking people not to attend if they have traveled in the past five days to any country where foot-and-mouth disease has been found.

The festival runs 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Howard County Fairgrounds, Route 144, West Friendship. Free. No pets allowed. Call 410-531-3647 or access on the Web.

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