Traditional autumn fun at museum's fall festival


The Carroll County Farm Museum will celebrate the season next weekend at its annual Fall Harvest Days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

The event offers traditional autumn activities such as stuffing a life-size scarecrow, mule- and tractor-pulled wagon rides, butchering meat, making apple butter and playing old-time games.

This year's featured guest artist will be Curb Records' singer Rodney Atkins performing his single "Honesty" and other songs from his self-titled album at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The museum staff and board of governors will honor the late John Crowl at 1:45 p.m. Oct. 5 for his many services to the farm. A farmer, Crowl volunteered at the farm museum and taught farming skills to children. He drove a wagon for many years at the Fall Harvest Days, organizing 36,985 rides, officials said.

Crowl gave more than 3,000 hours of volunteer service to the farm museum, including serving on the Farm Committee and the board of governors. Sunday, museum officials will unveil a John Crowl Memorial Plaque engraved with the names of other volunteers who have given 3,000 or more hours to the museum.

Food and craft vendors will be on hand, and a number of county groups will sell food, including fried chicken platters, pit beef, Italian sausage, hot dogs, lemonade, ice cream, newly picked apples and baked goods.

About 45 craft vendors will sell handcrafted items ranging from linens and decorative household items to jewelry, as well as seasonal and holiday gifts and decorations and collectibles.

The Carroll County Artists Guild will hold an art show and sale both days. Local artists will offer a selection of watercolors, oils and acrylics for sale.

The Mason/Dixon Historical Society will demonstrate shelling and threshing with antique steam engines.

Saturday's activities will include an antique car display.

Children can watch a puppet show at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and play old-fashioned games both days.

Saturday's musical entertainers are Eastern Tradition (bluegrass), Bob Plunkert (country), WPOC entertainer Rodney Atkins (country) and the Carroll County Cloggers.

Entertaining Sunday will be the Carroll County 4-H Performing Arts Club (country), Paradise Club (bluegrass), River Hill Band (bluegrass), Back Pages Band (rock 'n' roll oldies) and Jami Eisenstadt (country).

The museum also will offer guided farmhouse tours, and Living History Center artisans such as blacksmiths, tinsmiths, spinners and weavers will demonstrate their skills. Exhibit buildings and the gift shop will be open.

Admission is $4 for adults; $2 for ages 7-18 and 60 and older; age 6 and younger are free with a paying adult.

The museum is at 500 S. Center St. in Westminster. Information: 410-848-7775 or 800-654-4645.

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