Main St. festival to mark end of street project

The Baltimore Sun

The Bel Air Downtown Alliance will celebrate the completion of the 18-month Main Street streetscape project from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday in downtown Bel Air.

Main Street will be closed from Churchville Road to just south of Gordon Street for the daylong street festival with entertainment and activities for all ages.

The day starts with the Main Street Mile Fun Run at 9 a.m., beginning in front of Charm City Run and ending near the Little NY Deli with a breakfast.

Opening ceremonies will be held at 11 a.m. in front of the historic courthouse and will include the singing of the national anthem by Julienne Irwin, remarks by local dignitaries and recognition of all those involved in the revamping of Main Street.

There will be live music on two stages. One, by the Greene Turtle restaurant, will feature Great Train Robbery from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Still Counting from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Flipside from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A second stage by the Main Street Tower in the BB&T; Bank parking lot will feature Harford County's Just Foolin' Around Band from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Down Under Band from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Near the Bel Air Armory, Duke Thompson and Company from the Maryland Conservatory of Music will perform by a grand piano in the retail district.

A children's area in front of Tiny Toes at 4 N. Main St. will feature carnival games, hot dogs, candy and ice cream, and entertainment from face painters, balloon makers and caricature artists.

Many local retailers will exhibit in locations on the street as well as offer store specials, and restaurants and pubs will sell food and beverages outside their establishments.

"Now that the streetscape project is over, we're asking everyone to come back and rediscover downtown Bel Air," said Elizabeth Cook, executive director of the Bel Air Downtown Alliance.

In case of rain, activities will take place in restaurants or in the Armory, and shops and boutiques will be open for business.

Information: 410-638-1023.

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