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July 14: What to Expect at the Town Fair

The fair—serving Perry Hall, White Marsh, Middle River and beyond—is expected to include about 200 vendors at Baltimore Crossroads @95.

It's nearly showtime for the —known in past years as the .

Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on July 14, The is scheduled at , a mixed-use business center located at and Crossroads Circle in Middle River. Tuesday morning's forecasts call for a 30-percent chance of thunderstorms during the fair. If needed, use of the rain date—July 21—would be announced on the fair's website by 9 a.m. Saturday.  

Lynn Richardson, president of the Perry Hall/White Marsh Business Association and the fair's head organizer, said she expects the fair to be "better than ever, with the same family feel."

Here are just a few of the things fair attendees can look forward to, according to Richardson:

Dozens of vendors

  • About 200 businesses and organizations are expected to participate, from hair salons to crafters to churches to animal hospitals to senior centers to ... you get the idea. A full list can be found here on the website

Freebies

  • Prepare yourself for table-top candy, coupons, pens, water bottles, tote bags and all the usual branded fare. Dozens of the vendors are sure to provide dozens of freebies.

Plenty of parking

  • The newly constructed Baltimore Crossroads @95 shopping center has an abundance of parking within walking distance of the fairgrounds. In past years, parking was divided between shopping centers, parks and streets, with shuttle service. Richardson said the new parking set-up will be a major simplification, compared to past years. 

More regional attendance

  • The fair has expanded from White Marsh and Perry Hall to be more regionally inclusive. Richardson said the fair has advertised to a wider area, and she expects a strong showing from Middle River, Essex and Rosedale residents. 

Live Music and entertainment

Animals, games and demonstrations

  • After years without it, the petting zoo has returned to the fair, Richardson said. A giant slide, obstacle course, two moon bounces and more are planned for the kids' area. An all-day fun pass is $10 per child.

Patch

  • Last but not least, don't forget to visit Patch's big green tent in the vendors' area. Stop by and chat with , sign up for the daily newsletter of your local Patch and get some free swag.

Are you looking forward to the fair? Tell us about your favorite fair memories in the comments.

Read more about the possible impact of the fair's new location in the article: .

Stef July 13, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Really? Bowley's Quarters, which is considered Middle River, has some of the most beautiful homes on the water. I rather live here than in the congested Perry Hall/Whitemarsh area any day! It's the uneducated people who are the first to judge...quite amusing!
Tim July 13, 2012 at 04:00 PM
I bet you didn't find it amusing when Isabel came a few years ago.
mary July 13, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I am happy to say I grew up in Perry Hall but embarrassed by the negativity and ignorant comments about the area of Middle River for the far. In retrospect so not to offend anyone the fair should have been renamed East County or a combo name of the two areas. Lastly if Perry Hall is such a "well to do area" why are the MSA's of Perry Hall Middle score falling? Look at Perry Halls demographics they are changing. Just a thought!
Jenny Bahr July 13, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Wth! The PERRY HALL town fair is in middle river!?!? Oh well,least i won't have to wear a bra...
Rachel Resch July 13, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Yeah, I'll be greeting all who walk in with a smile, no matter where they are from, even though I am apparently below average intelligence and disease ridden because I live in Middle River. Yes, it's true, I wake up in my broken down hovel every morning, staring at the water sparkling in Martin's Lagoon and plot to destroy the Perry Hall area with my braless band of miscreants and a town fair. pppppppppttttttttttthhhhhhh to all you perry hall snobs. Go start your own fair if you have such an issue with it. I'm sure there are plenty of places that will accommodate you. Try calling around, I'm sure the offers will pour in, plenty of vacancies in Perry Hall since the crime has shot up. This fair is not about bad vibes so please don't come if you are going to be all uppity about it. The larger venue allows for things like the petting zoo and much easier parking and traffic control. It was a simple business decision, because after all, this is now put on by the Perry Hall-White Marsh BUSINESS Association to gather the community and offer exposure to businesses involved. Don't listen to the haters, Lynn. You and your volunteers' effort to create this event is greatly appreciated.
Rachel Resch July 13, 2012 at 04:39 PM
PAY ATTENTION! The name HAS been changed from the "Perry Hall Town Fair" to just "THE Town Fair". And they say people from Middle River are ignorant and illiterate. Yikes.
John Doe July 13, 2012 at 04:47 PM
I live in Perry Hall and I'm not uppity or an elitist. But, you will see me and my assistant there, he will be holding an umbrella over my head. I will have Grey Poupon for my hot dog (...when in Rome), drinking iced Perrier, and having rose petals thrown in front of me as I peruse through the crowd. (I will obviously be discarding my shoes when I leave.)
Tim July 13, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Thats because the middle school is ridiculously overcrowded. I mean ridiculously. We need a second middle and high school - yesterday.
Tim July 13, 2012 at 04:54 PM
We are paying attention - and with our feet and dollars, too.
Tim July 13, 2012 at 04:54 PM
no need to discard your shoes, just wear scrubs :)
Parkvillehoney July 13, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I am disgusted at all the negative comments. True, you have freedom of speech. If you don't want to attend a FREE family oriented event, it is your choice. I, for one will attending with my family, spending money and having a good time. Since it is in a large and beautiful shopping center, I am sure it will attract a larger attendance that will spend money. Thank you organizers of the Town Fair I am sure it will be a great success.
John Doe July 13, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Rachel - the community respects the hours and hours the volunteers put into this operation. I think many of the people posting have been on volunteer committees that require late nights and long hours. It is more disappointment, not hate.
Rachel Resch July 13, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Ok, Corey, perhaps hate is too strong. Jealousy maybe? "Those lowlifes in Middle River have "OUR fair" and they are going to ruin it!" is the general vibe I'm getting from these posts. Are you really disappointed that a FREE fair that most people drove to anyway has moved to a much better location, only two miles or so away, to accommodate more of the population? Perhaps if Perry Hall were more welcoming, the fair would not have been moved. I respect all the hours volunteers have put in, including myself and my husband. Do you plan to or have you volunteered or become involved in any way? If so, thank you. I'll see you at the welcome booth and shake your hand :) if not, then you have no right to kvetch. People have put a tremendous amount of effort into this fair and most are very proud of what it will be, but you are entitled your opinion. The rest of us will be working our butts off and enjoying ourselves serving our community on Saturday.
Gomer Pyle July 13, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I'm starting to think the "Town Fair" is going to be the best thing to happen to Middle River since public sewer got extended there.
Tim July 13, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I'll tell you what I told Lyn herself above (or was it the other thread): Perhaps if the actual community was in the loop earlier on, we could at least attempt to influence the 'not so welcoming' nature of our community sites as alledged. This was done all behind the scenes, and ultimately, you really have to at least question the motives of the Business Association. I'm not saying doubt - I'm saying question.
John Doe July 13, 2012 at 06:16 PM
1) I'm jealous of nothing. 2) I'm newer to the area and learning the contacts - I will integrate my time as the years go on. 3) read my previous posts - I want the Town Fair to be extremely successful. 4) I know littel about Middle River - therefore, I never comment about it. 5) To some people local, this is their big event of the summer and it is all they can physically handle. I am lucky to be in good physical health, so I am not disappointed for me only, but those who just can't go there. I read a post where a grandmother proudly took her 3-year old grandson/daughter to the Perry Hall Town Fair. She can't now. There are MANY more people like this. Again, what was the original purpose of the fair? Was it to stay local or expand? Also, why can't there be many little street fairs? I will have my assistant shake your hand. (That is a joke, Rachel!)
JD1 July 13, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Pretty funny! To all of you Perry Hall gentry, get over yourselves. The new venue has lots of space and easy access from rt43. If you can't drive the extra mile down the road than don't go - quit whining. By the way - I attend most of the sporting events at Perry Hall and have found many of the parents and their kids to be foul mouthed rednecks. Many of the girls dress like whores and drop profanity all over the place after school - apple don't fall far from the tree. The fact that another locations closer to the "real" perry hall could not be used has been explained - now SHUT UP!
Kathy B July 14, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Honeygo didn't want it and can't be held at any school locations anymore. If there was a spot for it in Perry Hall, it would be held there. This sounds good. Lots of parking.
Tim July 14, 2012 at 03:21 AM
of course there's lots of space in Middle River...there's a reason for that. I've yet to meet a single redneck here in Perry Hall. I've been here almost 10 years. Now, I can't say the same for White Marsh...then again, they have a bus line to blame.
Brian Golightly July 14, 2012 at 05:51 AM
Thank the local cities or is it Baltimore County which Perry Hall,White Marsh, & Middle River are all proud over taxed (another territorial) members of.In these lean & tight financial times this is clearly a good means of promoting a new struggling area.All our tax revenues i believe will be positively influenced by the Cross Roads success. In conclussion i hope the rain holds off & everybody brings there family & pets for a wonderfully fun & financially successful day. Sincerly B.Golightly
Brian Golightly July 14, 2012 at 05:56 AM
WOW im sure there was a more diplomatic way to convey this very passionate point u deserve to make.Surely u didnt want to appear to be on the same FOUL MOUTHED RED NECKED level. Or did you?
Phil Resch July 15, 2012 at 01:24 AM
The Town Fair I was the locksmith working the PHWMBA booth and passing out directories. I put myself out there. I don't want to toot my horn but I am the 1%. I show up and do my best to keep my word. We had White Marsh VFD handle a few people overcome by the heat. They had three medics on mountain bikes covering the grounds. And Essex precondition matched the with their bike force. We had radios and communicated pretty well. It wasn't perfect by any means. But! We worked in orchestra. I was amazed. Thanks! Regardless of how people feel. I see a lot of business owners doing their best to make THE difference. I pray to God above, that other younger folks are cashing in. Pulling retirements and seeing what this great nation is all about! We are the greatest generation. Sadly lots of folks can't see past their noses and realize that, they are the hope. Today, everyone won. That is wha'st is great about Maryland. Forget the politics. We are what's great!-) I hope I lived up to everyone's standards! Thanks for coming. I look forward to seeing you next year!
Other Tim July 15, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Tim, if you have never met a redneck in Perry Hall, you must not go out much.
John Doe July 16, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Thanks for writing this, Phil.
Tim July 16, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Other Tim: I'm out at the Avenues almost every weekend. If you're saying I don't head out east of here much - you're absolutely right! Now, I've met "hons" but I wouldn't classify them as rednecks. Believe me, I used to live in Richmond. Southside of there is about where redneck nation starts.
John Doe July 16, 2012 at 03:00 PM
...you forgot to add, "You're all worthless and weak!", to that statement.
John Doe July 16, 2012 at 03:42 PM
That was for JD1 - a classic Animal House quote.
SamReprogel July 16, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Jeez Louise!
You July 17, 2012 at 08:29 PM
One thing to say: This was Jessica Benson's exact words about being asked to host the PH/WM fair! Maybe you would like to rescind your comments that "everyone said NO". Sounds like White Marsh Mall would have loved to host the fair! http://perryhall.patch.com/blog_posts/design-refresh-projects-at-white-marsh-mall-37d7a15a#comments
John Doe July 18, 2012 at 02:02 PM
This dumb cluck would like further explanation after reading Jessica Benson's response.

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