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Another busy weekend on tap in Harford County

Plenty of opportunities to get out and about this weekend in Harford

Harford County residents, especially in the Bel Air area, will have no shortage of things to do this coming weekend as they can fly a kite, check out classic cars, take in the famed My Lady's Manor steeplechase horse race, get locally-grown produce at the Bel Air farmer's market or learn more about the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

The weekend begins early with the 7 a.m. opening of the Bel Air Farmers' Market Saturday. The Saturday opening will kick off the 40th year of the farmers' market.

The market, which will be held in the parking lot of the Mary Risteau building at South Bond and Thomas Streets, is open until 11 a.m. Trees will also be given out in honor of Arbor Day in Bel Air, which is on April 24.

Bel Air Tree Committee Vice Chair Michael Simini said Monday that a stand for the trees will be next to the master gardeners' stand at the market.

Kite festival

Bel Air's 10th annual Kite Festival is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday on the Rockfield Park athletic fields off East Churchville Road. The festival, which typically draws people from throughout the Baltimore region, will last until 4 p.m.

Admission is free, and the festival is sponsored by APG Federal Credit Union and the Town of Bel Air. Organizers will give free kites away at the beginning of the day.

"No one can resist the universal exhilaration of using the wind to defy gravity making man-made flying objects," Bel Air Town Commissioner Robert Preston said about the upcoming festival.

The festival will be held Sunday in case of rain.

Romancing the Chrome

The annual Romancing the Chrome car show, which is put on by the Harford County Public Library Foundation, begins at 10 a.m. Saturday in Jarrett's Field at 3719 Norrisville Road, which is across from the Jarrettsville Library.

Admission is free to the public, but participants must pay a $20 registration fee, according to the event web page.

In addition to the classic vehicles, attractions include a beer garden, various contests and vendors and pit beef.

The show lasts through 4 p.m. Visitors can check out domestic and foreign vehicles, muscle cars, custom cars, street hot rods, Jeep, trucks and SUV, stock cars and historic vehicles that date to before 1949, according to the web page.

My Lady's Manor

The annual My Lady's Manor Steeplechase Races & Champagne Reception will be held Saturday afternoon at the Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton.

The My Lady's Manor races have been held for more than 100 years. The 2015 race will take place on the Ladew property at Jarrettsville Pike and Pocock Road.

The races will be held rain or shine. The gates open at 10 a.m., and the first race will be held at 1:30 p.m., according to the Ladew website.

Call 410-557-9570 for tickets, or visit http://www.ladewgardens.com/EVENTCALENDAR/MyLadysManor.aspx for more information.

Lincoln assassination

April 14 marks the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by actor and Harford County native John Wilkes Booth.

Booth's birthplace, the Historic Tudor Hall at 17 Tudor Lane in Bel Air, will be open for public tours at 1 p.m. Sunday. Dave Taylor, a writer and researcher on the assassination of Lincoln, will speak at 2 p.m.

His lecture is titled "Edwin and John Wilkes Booth: A House Divided."

Admission for the tour is $5 per person age 13 and older, and admission is $5 for ages 13 and older for Taylor's talk, according to the Spirits of Tudor Hall Facebook page.

Call 443-619-0008 or email SpiritsOfTudorHall@gmail.com for more information.

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