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Town Fair Returning to Baltimore Crossroads, Middle River

The Perry Hall/White Marsh Business Association is holding a meeting for the 2013 Town Fair on Jan. 28.

Planning for the Town Fair—which generated a passionate response from community members last year, after losing "Perry Hall/White Marsh" from its title and moving to a Middle River zip code—is already underway. 

The 17th annual fair is scheduled for Saturday, July 13 for a second year at Baltimore Crossroads @95, according to fair organizer and president of the Perry Hall/White Marsh Business Association Lynn Richardson. 

Richardson urges community members to get involved in the planning process. The committee's first meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Jan. 28 at Madison Square Federal Savings Bank in Perry Hall. 

"I encourage anyone who wants input for the fair to join us ... The retailers and property owners have indicated that they are looking forward to having us back," Richardson said. 

Baltimore Crossroads @95 is a mixed-use business center located along White Marsh Boulevard in a Middle River zip code, although some consider that area to be included in White Marsh. The Crossroads complex is home to the Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce, which represents the White Marsh, Essex and Middle River area.

Many attendees of the 2012 fair praised its wide open space and regional appeal, with attractions including over 200 vendors, several live bands and a petting zoo. Still, others complained that it had lost its small-town feel and sense of Perry Hall pride.

The Perry Hall Improvement Association's sponsorship of the Perry Hall Apple Festival in September 2012 was in part a response to the departure of the town fair, PHIA volunteers said. 

The 2010 and 2011 Perry Hall/White Marsh Town Fairs were held at Honeygo Village Center in Perry Hall, and while the 2011 fair brought record-breaking attendance, estimated at more than 13,000, it also caused parking problems and led to disputes with some shopping center tenants.

Some community members had lobbied for the fair to return to its former location on the grounds of Perry Hall High School, where it had been ousted in 2009 with the enforcement of a controversial Baltimore County facilities use rule. But even with a rule revision, Richardson said restrictions were too great accommodate the fair. Previous fairs had also been held at Perry Hall Middle School and area public parks. 

Richardson repeatedly praised Baltimore Crossroads @95 management for welcoming the fair and allowing a full range of entertainment, attractions and vendors to participate. 

Share your experience from the 2012 Town Fair in the comments. 

Fullerton Self Storage January 17, 2013 at 03:23 PM
What a good idea, Joe! I'm sure that the Perry Hall Business Association will be happy to sponsor the fair at Crossroads, if you would like to take care of a smaller one in Perry Hall! With the amount of work that they put into this fair, I'm sure that they won't have the time or resources to sponsor another. But I'm sure they'd be happy to participate in your fair too!
Paul January 17, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Is there a Walgreens, Rite Aid, or CVS nearby?
mcgillicuddy January 17, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Paul, there's a Rite Aid at 6 Carroll Island Road 21220. Appr. 3 miles away. (410) 335-2323
mcgillicuddy January 17, 2013 at 06:54 PM
That may be considered a plus for Middle River.
Tim January 17, 2013 at 07:10 PM
ahh classic middle river intellect. Bait taken!
Don Mattes January 17, 2013 at 08:39 PM
It seems from past comments, the people residing in Perry Hall (myself included) would like their own identiy as a community. That being said, why have we let the organizers of the current "Town Fare" take it out of Perry Hall? Why do we have to share with White Marsh and then locate the fare in a Middle River zip code? I guess like everything else, it comes down to the almighty dollar. Having grown up in Perry Hall and residing here for over 50 years, I just resent the fact that our town's identity is being compromised. Take the mail service for instance - sounds like an Abbott & Costello routine. I live in Perry Hall but my zip code is 21236 so according to the post office I'm told the official town I live in now is Nottingham, because only people that have a 21128 zip can use the name Perry Hall on their address labels. For years my official mailing address town was Baltimore but the mail was processed and delivered out of Parkville until the new post office was built over by White Marsh, changing the town name to Nottingham. Confused?? As far as I'm concerned, I reside in Perry Hall, am proud of it, and would like to see us have a fare named after the town in which we live.
karebare7510 January 17, 2013 at 10:04 PM
I certainly have no intention of offending anyone but, having said that, I find it very annoying that some of these people who are unhappy with the location of the Perry Hall Town Fair are making it sound like the people who organize the Town Fair are corrupt, paid officials who are being "allowed" to move the Fair to this location. The Perry Hall Business Association is made up of small business owners in the area who "volunteer" their time and resources to organize this fair. It doesn't belong to anyone so they really aren't being "allowed" to move it. It is organized by them and they are free to move it anywhere they choose!!! And if the location presents a problem for anyone......how about getting involved and donating YOUR time and YOUR resources. THEN you can have a voice in the location of the fair!!!
NottinghamFamily January 17, 2013 at 11:04 PM
I'm really not too sure what the whole fuss is about. The last time I attended the fair on the grounds around Weis supermarket, it was very crowded and I had to walk quite a way to get there. Now I'm fit, so it wasn't a burden on me, but I know several of my neighbors just couldn't deal with the whole thing, so they refrained from going. I think the larger location is great and I truly don't see that area as being either Perry Hall or Middle River honestly. There's a wide highway to and from and it's a more open space. I'm looking forward to attending.
Paul January 17, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Too easy.
FIFA January 17, 2013 at 11:32 PM
Your use of "fare" OT is somewhat funny!?
BmoreBobRob January 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM
Is Middle River considered East Perry Hall?
John Doe January 18, 2013 at 01:15 AM
I'm hoping eventually it becomes so big and popular it has to be moved to Ocean City. Then I can make a weekend of it with the family - a 2 for 1 deal.
Bill Howard January 18, 2013 at 01:41 AM
I hope the sell them at the fair. The would be very American.
Bill Howard January 18, 2013 at 01:46 AM
I wanna whine that I don't like whining. I went last year with my kids. it was well run and had plenty of interesting vendors. The live music was excellent. How many events can you attended with out having to blow a double wad of cash. Don't be a whiner! Go to the fair.
John Doe January 18, 2013 at 01:53 AM
karebare7510 - A few volunteers actively involved last year posted that our involvement WOULD NOT have had any impact on the location of the fair. If you want involvement, then simply ask for it. Please don't make statements that mislead people.
Tim January 18, 2013 at 06:24 AM
on Lynn Richardson's map, apparently.
Tim January 18, 2013 at 06:26 AM
Just because individuals don't contribute directly to the process, doesn't absolve those in charge doing so of terrible decisions. Other Tim: Follow the money.
karebare7510 January 18, 2013 at 04:10 PM
I'd really like to get a few things straight. Just for the record: #1 This is NOT my first post on Patch. There are multiple editions of Patch for various locations and I can't imagine that anyone has the time to sit down and read every comment for every article! #2 My account is not a bogus one. It's one that I have used for many years. You are correct that it's not my real name. But I'm pretty sure that John Doe & Spring Heeled Jack aren't real names either! #3 I am NOT Lynn Richardson, nor am I a member of PHBA. I do know Lynn and have known, and respected, her for several years. #4 I've been a vendor at the Perry Hall Town Fair for many years, which is the reason that I stand behind my beliefs. I was a vendor when it was on Ebeneezer Road, Honeygo Blvd, and last year when it was at Crossroads and renamed the Town Fair. From both a vendor and attendee perspective, it is MY OPINION that this is by far the best location. The parking is more than adequate, with shuttle buses to take you from your vehicle to the fair itself. The streets are wide so its easy for vendors to set up and break down. The wider streets also make it easier for attendees to walk around and really get to enjoy the fair. #5 As a vendor, I've seen the amount of work that is put into this fair BY VOLUNTEERS for the enjoyment of ALL. For this they should be commended, not condemned! Maybe it would be better if these folks just caved to the criticism and ceased to have the fair at all!
You January 18, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Thanks for addressing. I honestly respect your opinion. I feel (among many others in the community); however, that the fair was moved for "other" reasons then Mrs. Richardson's complaints posted on the Patch last summer. She claimed: No available local space (False), no parking (False), and bad traffic problems (False). Some local plazas and White Marsh Mall; ALL said they were never approached last year by the PHBA about hosting the local fair. #1 Ask Jessica Benson about WMM's position. #2 What about the Avenue? They have held many large events there and will shut down the entire main street to promote events. #3 WMM or the Avenue would have plenty of space and tons on site parking, shuttles, park and ride, bus routes, plus some locals could walk over, and the police station is close. (For this event with added police directing traffic will address traffic issues.) #4 These locations would actually be in the direct presence of 100's of local businesses; including, local restaurants (which always need added business). Local businesses would also get heavy foot traffic into their stores on that day. Which in turn would reflect the purpose of the fair (to promote local businesses). #5 I know many vendors at the fair also. I found them to be 50/50 on the Baltimore Crossroads location. Half said, "It stunk for cash sales". Half said, "It was fine for promoting services (banks, home improvements and such)."
John Doe January 18, 2013 at 06:37 PM
karebare7510 - I have never 'condemned' the work volunteers do with any event, especially this one. I absolutely respect all the work you and others do - you are missing my point. It appears that the Perry Hall residents haven't been told the truth. What made it worse was Lynn Richardson, the president, goes off on her supposed community and neighbors in a comment she left last year. People are going to have different opinions. I, personally, could not believe a person in her position would sound off like that. I respect hard work, but not being belittled by the president who is asking for our support.
Tim January 18, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Other Tim: There's no other reason to explain the absolute lack of transparency as to why we ended up with the "Perry Hall Town Fair" in "Middle River". Lynn Richardson has had countless opportunities over the past 18 months to document exactly why our town fair's been hijacked, and has consistently failed to do so.
FIFA January 18, 2013 at 07:12 PM
I don't have a dog in this fight nor do I really care one way or the other. That said, user name karebare7510 tied to whatever email address you have has only posted twice on the Patch. The Patch shows the history of all posts made by you. Your history shows a total of two. How do I know, I click on your name. It shows your history of commenting. I'll let others listen to your explanations. Perhaps a Patch editor has a different explanation.
FIFA January 18, 2013 at 07:14 PM
PS - the Patch shows your account was created on January 17, 2013.
karebare7510 January 18, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Knowing that someone would make any effort to check out an account history is a little too spooky for me! I think I'll just agree to some points made and agree to disagree on others! Thanks for the banter! ps - FIFA, I have used this username to post on many other occasions. HOWEVER, my e-mail address had changed since I last used it so I had to create a new account using the new email. Have a great weekend!
FIFA January 18, 2013 at 07:39 PM
A poster who apparently deleted their comment about you being Lynn Richardson originally questioned your "newness". It is really not any effort to verify your statement. But "denial" is not a river in Egypt. A simple search in the search bar using "karebare7510" now shows a total of 3 posts. Honesty is the best policy it leads to credibility. But I am not here to judge your motives, but the earlier poster apparently searched and found the same. Have a great weekend yourself, I wish you success at the Fair, whomever you are.
You January 20, 2013 at 06:33 PM
@ other Tim: So you are fine with people in elected positions to ignore its constituents?
You January 20, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Jan. 28th, 6PM. Be there or be square... I guess. Should be a fun night. PS: Has anyone informed Jessica Benson (WMM) or the GM of The Avenue or the GM of Perryhall Shopping Center about attending and conveying their incite as to why they denied Lynn Richardson the fair last year and apparently this year to host a fair to promote LOCAL Businesses?
Pay January 21, 2013 at 01:26 PM
The mall and avenue would make the fair a failure based on costs. I've tried to hold events at the mall and avenue a few times, but the costs were really high. Why spend 1000s when you can get a location for next to nothing(not sure what the new location cost)
Tim January 23, 2013 at 06:34 PM
There are other forms of restitution besides, let's say money. It's too bad she's tired of the complainers. That stuff happens when you give NO REASON other then some canned excuse to hijack our town fair and deliver it to Middle River. See, this quote for you is exactly what's wrong: "I don't remember any of the vendors complaining, only the people who think a couple more miles to drive is an inconvenience." You, like Lynn, seem to have forgotten what this Town Fair is about.
Lynn Richardson March 01, 2013 at 01:41 AM
I post under my own name, thank you. And when I have something to say, you'll see it.

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