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Third Annual Taneytown Family Fun Days

Jim Fair
Thurmont Lions Club

(8/22) The third annual Taneytown Family Fun Days will be held Thursday evening, September 10, thru Sunday afternoon, September 13, in Taneytown’s Memorial Park. The event is being planned again by the Taneytown Lions Club in cooperation with the City of Taneytown for the benefit of the community. The Carnival Rides and Amusements by Penn-Wood Amusements will offer a variety of ticket packages including Wrist-bands for each day of the four-day event. Food, entertainment, and activities planned for the entire family will continue Thursday and Friday evenings, all day Saturday, and Sunday afternoon.

The event will kick-off Thursday evening, September 10, with an Opening Ceremony at 6 P.M. At 7 p.m. the "Sorry Not Sorry" progressive rock group will be on the Big-Tent stage to entertain during the evening. Discount coupons for Thursday night’s Wristbands will be honored. These discount coupons are available at various Taneytown businesses, the Taneytown branch offices of the Banks in town, and at the City office. Coupons are also available on the Fun Days Website -

Friday’s activities will begin at 6 P.M. with a 9/11 Tribute with Paul Whitson, who will give an impressive and memorable multimedia presentation honoring the heroes of 9/11 and celebrating America’s tradition of Patriotism. The popular classic and Southern Rock group "Bird Daddies" will return this year with music to get your heart pumping and feet tapping. The evening will be topped off at 10 p.m. with a terrific Fireworks display. (Rain date: Saturday night.)

Saturday, September 12, a huge Car Show will be featured with registration starting at 8 A.M.. Plaques will be awarded at approximately 2:30. In the Arts and Crafts Area, businesses, charities, and community organizations will also have displays. Vendor spaces for arts and crafts are still available by calling Steve at 410-756-2688.

Children will find plenty to do in the free kids play area and at the petting zoo. Pony rides are being offered this year for the first time. Entertainment will begin at 11 A.M. with the popular bluegrass group, "Glade Valley Express".

The Taneytown Dance Center will do a presentation of tap, ballet, and modern dance at 1 p.m. Musical entertainment will continue throughout the afternoon and evening under the big tent featuring a number of groups including "Tom’s Back Door", "Cowboy Pickers", and "Bailey Kings of Harmony" an 11-piece brass band performing Dixieland and Gospel. A part of this group made a brief appearance last year and made a big hit. Awarding of $2,400.00 in cash prizes to the lucky 10 ticket-holders will take place at 9:00 p.m.

Sunday afternoon there will be a Christian Music Festival featuring a variety of bands and artists playing many styles of Christian music from traditional to contemporary, beginning at 12:30. Discount coupons for "Ride-all-day" wrist bands will again be honored. (Just one band per coupon.) A number of other interesting demonstrations and family activities are also planned for Sunday.

Taneytown Family Fun Days was a first-ever endeavor two years ago, conceived and planned by the Taneytown Lions Club, with Lions Leonard Wantz, Jr., and Stephen VanScoyk, co-chairs. Churches and Non-profit Organizations have been offered space free-of-charge for displays or their own fund-raising activities. A number of businesses in the community have also joined in the effort by becoming sponsors. "Everyone involved is looking forward to providing a fun-filled family event for every attendee", says Wantz. The event will go on rain or shine. Parking and admission to Memorial Park are free.

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