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PHOTOS: Crowds Stroll Town Fair at Baltimore Crossroads

The Perry Hall/White Marsh Business Association sponsored the 16th annual town fair on Saturday.

Organizers opted not to use the 's rain date on Saturday—and it paid off. What started as a morning of downpours turned to sunshine by the early afternoon.

Crowds visited around 200 vendors at Baltimore Crossroads @95 in Middle River during the fair, sponsored by the Perry Hall/White Marsh Business Association.

A bevy of live bands performed everything from dance anthems to an Elton John tribute mix. Attendees sipped freshly squeezed lemonade and fed on hot crab pretzels and giveaway candy. Crafters sold jewelry and dresses, while local politicians and community organizations garnered support. An expanded children's area included a petting zoo, as well as water hoses from the , where children could practice putting out a pretend house fire.

Formerly known as the , it was the first time its fairgrounds were located outside of Perry Hall. The move to a newly built business park along White Marsh Boulevard drew ire from some community members in the months leading up to the 16th annual fair.

During the fair, however, attendees who spoke to Patch largely praised the simplified parking, spacious layout and regional appeal. 

"It draws Middle River, as well as Perry Hall and White Marsh. It's a good group," said John Owen, who promoted the Baltimore County Public Library's Mobile Library during the fair. "It's not quite on the beaten path, but it's a nice location."

Felicia Wynn said it was an adjustment for her to travel outside of Perry Hall for the fair, although parking was significantly easier compared to last year's fair at . She added, "This is my first time at the shopping center. It's kind of interesting to see what's down here."

Baltimore County was one of many public officials at the event. "We're delighted to be here to offer public safety at this good family event," Johnson said, speaking on behalf of members of the Essex and White Marsh precincts who patrolled the area.

Tell us about your experience at the fair in the comments.

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John Doe July 16, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Congratulations on a successful fair Lynn Richardson & all of the organizers and volunteers!
Kathy B July 17, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Not sure what "D nor R" is talking about. I was at the Fair from 12-3 and it was very crowded. Maybe people didn't spend as much but that could be due to the economy. Does anyone have an estimate on the crowd or number of vehicles. We had to park in the last lot and that was half full as well by noon. Great job by all of the volunteers!
You July 17, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Hum Jessica Benson (from White Marsh Mall) said they were never approached by the Perry Hall/ White Marsh Business Association to host the fair this year. http://perryhall.patch.com/blog_posts/design-refresh-projects-at-white-marsh-mall-37d7a15a#comments Didn't Mrs. Richardson of the PHWMBA say that they did ask White Marsh Mall and they said "NO"? Sounds like some sneaky insider stuff going on!
John Doe July 18, 2012 at 01:31 PM
What? If this is factual, then I believe we need a clarifying letter from Ms. Richardson.
Tim July 18, 2012 at 05:34 PM
4:10 pm on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 "I appreciate everyone's continued interest in White Marsh Mall. The Center has been a integral member of the White Marsh community for more than 30 years and has always supported business and non profit organizations throughout the area. I would like to put to rest the mis-information being discussed in this post. White Marsh Mall's current management staff has never been approached by the Perry Hall/White Marsh Business Association to host the fair or have any further involvement this year other than the donation of a raffle prize, which we were happy to do. We are always willing and open to participating in events that will benefit our community in a positive way." Jessica Benson

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