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‘Harvest Fest’ another Taneytown success

Richard D. L. Fulton

(10/26) Hundreds of individuals attended Taneytown’s Harvest Fest September 20 as harvest season begins to wind down in Frederick and Adams counties.

This year’s event, held at Memorial Park, featured vendors selling various products and crafts, as well as prepared cakes and pies, as well as snacks and food for on-site consumption.

The annual event couldn’t have been held under more pleasant weather, which no doubt contributed the good attendance this year’s event experienced.

In addition to a hay ride and two dog-costumed Harvest Fest "mascots," old time mechanical powdered farm equipment, modern tractors and hardware were featured along the paved park roadway.

The dog mascots were provided by the Jiffy Mart Dog Wash in Westminster. And were described as a "major draw" by event planners..

Numerous dancers, including individuals and groups provided by Dance Dynamics, Taneytown, entertained the crowd, and were the subject of numerous snap shots and video taken from family, friends and event attendees.

Other entertainment at the event included the Taneytown Community Chorus.

Nancy McCormick, Taneytown economic development director, said of the dance performances, "I think that was fabulous draw. We received a lot of comments," as did the choir.

The event also featured children's activities, Barnyard Bingo, and other activities, including the collection of non-perishables and toiletries for Taneytown Caring and Sharing.

McCormick said, "It went good. We were real pleased. The weather was perfect. I’d say 600 people attended, easy."

However, she stated, "I think we’re going to change the time from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. next year," adding the this year’s 9 a.m. start may have been too early.

In addition, Taneytown Pumpkin People photographs and entries were displayed, the judging of which will have taken place during the week of October 30. The month-long competition actually began on October 1.

On December 1, Taneytown will be holding its annual Elf Hunt and Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

For the elf hunt, the "elves" will be hiding in various downtown shops awaiting discovery by patrons and elf-hunters from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. McCormick said, "You have to go in the shops with "Open" flags displayed." After you find an elf sticker. "You go in and get your card punched."

Then, during the tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., "We will have a drawing (from the submitted elf hunt tickets) for a gift basket." The tree lighting will occur at the police station at 120 East Baltimore Street.

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