TANEYTOWN Volunteer Fire Department will hold its 30th annual fall festival from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 7.
The festival, which started as a flea market, has been growing steadily, according to Earl Lookingbill.
"When it started out, it was just antiques," he said. "Now it is everything."
Lookingbill said Taneytown's Fire Department got the idea to hold the fall festival after taking note of the Smallwood Festival. That festival, he said, has grown so much that it has moved to the Reese carnival grounds.
Taneytown's festival also has grown from about 50 vendors to more than 75, said Barry Garner, the festival's committee chairman. Thousands usually attend.
"Throughout the year, I go to flea markets and get people's cards to add to our mailing list," Garner said.
Organizers send their first mailing to vendors in January when they begin planning the festival.
"I usually get a handful of responses right away," Garner said. "But many wait until the last minute to see what the weather will be."
A second mailing goes out in July.
Garner said festivalgoers this year can expect arts and crafts, antiques and collectibles.
This year's festival also will feature breakfast items such as ham, eggs and coffee. "Then we'll switch over to a lunch menu of fried chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers," Lookingbill added.
The festival is one of many fund-raisers the Fire Department holds. Its annual carnival and regular bingo games are others. A car show last weekend drew more than 150 cars and featured a car from Cecil County that was dedicated to those who died in the terrorist attacks Sept. 11.
This year's fall festival committee members include Danny and Temple Myers and Charles Parrish.
The festival, to be held at the carnival grounds at Memorial Park, is free to the public. Spaces for vendors are available. The cost is $15 for the first space and $10 for additional spaces.
Information: Temple Myers, 410-756-4428.
Festival a success
The 22nd annual Middleburg Days last weekend drew strong crowds despite Saturday morning rain.
"We felt it was a real successful weekend," said Wayne Weeks, secretary of Terra Rubra Lions Club, which sponsored the event.
The crowd listened to the bands Prior Engagement and Ashley Marie. A silent auction featuring a church pew that went for $100 and child's bike that sold for $35 attracted many bidders.
Weeks said the amount raised from the silent auction had not been tallied. "But in the past the fund-raiser has made a couple of thousand," he added.
Union Bridge will hold its annual fall festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Lehigh Portland Cement grounds, according to Kathy Kreimer, who is organizing the event. Among this year's features will be tours of the cement company's new plant.
Details will be provided Sept. 19.
Bowling league starts
It's not too late to sign up for the "No One Sits on the Bench" bowling league, said Marcia Gorsuch, who organizes the league at Thunderhead Bowl and Family Fun Centre in Taneytown. Bowlers from age 3 to 21 may sign up this weekend for the season that starts Sept. 7 and runs through May.
"Actually we'll let them sign up whenever they can," she said.
Though the age range is wide, Gorsuch said that children are grouped by age and ability.
"We try to get them together," she said. "We don't want someone bowling a 62 and another [on same team] bowling 200. We want them to have a good time."
Gorsuch said 85 bowlers have signed up. All new bowlers will receive a free bowling shirt. All returning bowlers will receive a free bowling jacket and third-year bowlers will get free sweat shirts. These will be given out the 10th week of bowling.
Registration cost is $6.75 per child per week ($6.25 for duckpins).
The cost includes three games of bowling, shoe rental and trophy.
Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.