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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.

Add your fair photos to the gallery.

Tracey Newton July 15, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Hi, Emily sorry I missed u at your booth but u were out taking in the fair but the gentlemen there shared some great info on the iPhone app the Patch has and is a must have app. Now on to the Fair. Being a resident of Perry Hall I have to be honest I found the location just ok, yes parking better but once more busriness growth I think we will return to same parking issues as years passed. I really wish we still were at Perry Hall High but leave that to Baltimore co. Schools ( u know the ones that don't allow classroom bingo because it promotes gambling forget social skills, well I will not go there ). I understand the view to bring in more of the Chase , Middleriver but I did not see that yesterday. But over all the Fair was very nice and thanks to the many vendors.
J C Jackson July 15, 2012 at 03:04 PM
J C Jackson 9:20 am on Sunday, July 15, 2012 As a resident pf Perry Hall I don't think we should actually drop the name PerryHall/ WhiteMarsh Town Fair and say it is the Middle River Town Fair. A contest to come up with a name that would not be "stepping on the toes" of either community, but make Perry Hall/White Marsh patrons feel they is still part of a "home town" feel in the community.
Ed July 15, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Wife and I thought this fair was a better one. Better wide open area, better parking, but as Tracey stated, there may be another parking issue down the road. We need a big wide open space with lots of parking and no businesses around. Nice seeing you at the booth. What about spring or fall, instead of HOT, HOT, HOT summer. Ed
Sherri July 15, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I took my 5 year old granddaughter to the fair and we had a wonderful time. She wasn't too thrilled with checking out the vendors, but had a great time in the kids area. I like the new location because there is so much more space and the shuttle bus was wonderful. It was my granddaughter's first ride on a school bus and she said it was her favorite part of the fair, although I know she enjoyed the play area and putting out a "fire" with the White Marsh fire company. I found many businesses/churches from Perry Hall/White Marsh among the vendors so those communities were well represented. My impression is that much of this center will be a business park, so it might still be workable for a weekend fair. Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard. It is greatly appreciated.
Renee July 15, 2012 at 04:00 PM
I decided (along with many of my friends) to forgo the fair this year. I enjoyed going to the fair, when it was in Perry Hall, because it brought a sense of community, you know, meet your neighbors kind of thing. With the location this year, I don't see how the 'community' feel could be there. It is no longer the Perry Hall Town fair, you even stated so in your article "Formerly known as the Perry Hall/White Marsh (which I'm not sure when White Marsh snuck in there) Town Fair". Heck, Police Chief Jim Johnson and Essex police Capt. Steve Hlavach were there representing Baltimore County and Essex, but where was the White Marsh police? I'm sorry, but as long as it is out of Perry Hall, I know many who will no longer be attending. I wish the Middle River Town Fair success!
Jim Jones July 15, 2012 at 05:31 PM
In speaking to several people who attended, they loved the new location. As far as it ever becoming a parking issue, as someone said, it is mostly a busniess park so on a weekend it should not be a problem. I have to totally agree that the event should be in the spring or fall when not only is it usually cooler, but it is also not in prime vacation time for families. I understand there were several heat related medical emergencies handled by the fire department who was on scene for the event. I get that the people from Perry Hall miss "their" fair, but a fair pulling several communities together is not a bad idea. Perhaps Perry Hall still do their own fair on a smaller level. With the outcry of people mad at the move, perhaps some of these very same people can push to find a spot in Perry Hall willing to host a smaller scale community event, while still having the larger one each year at the new location. The move aside, it sounds as if the planners did a great job and can now build on the event.
David Marks July 15, 2012 at 08:24 PM
It was a very nice event and the volunteers deserve a lot of credit. The money raised by the fair will benefit worthwhile activities in and around the Perry Hall community. White Marsh police captain Mike Balog was there and proved helpful in getting the police there early to direct traffic. As for anyone who wants a smaller event in the heart of Perry Hall, the Perry Hall Improvement Association is planning an Apple Festival at Chapel Hills Farm and Nursery in the fall.
Lynn Richardson July 15, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Geez Emily, did you wait until the end of the day to take that picture?? Just for fun, I have uploaded some of my own photos of the day. Even with the early rain, I was able to enjoy the event as a guest for the first time in several years. Thanks to the 100+ people who helped out to make the Town Fair an enjoyable event for all of us.
HLV July 15, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Excellent event, thanks to all who helped organize the event, and to all who attended. Looking forward to next year! - HLV
Tim July 16, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Sounds good, David. Hopefully we can actually have a Perry Hall fair again someday.
Tim July 16, 2012 at 12:08 PM
"Geez Emily, did you wait until the end of the day to take that picture??"... "Just for fun, I have uploaded some of my own photos of the day" Sounds like someone who's nervous about having hijacked the Perry Hall town fair. As she should be.
Buddy Redmer July 16, 2012 at 01:36 PM
I went to the fair twice. In the morning, I took my 2 yr. old son and he loved the kids activities, especially the petting zoo. In the afternoon, I returned solo to help out at the Advance Realty booth. We were very pleased with the turnout. I would prefer the fair to be in Perry Hall, but if nobody wants us, we'll spend our money in Middle River!
You July 16, 2012 at 01:38 PM
I attended only to say "hi" to some friends that have stands at the fair every year. I still do not like that the Perry Hall Fair is now technically the Chase/ Middle River Fair. With that said... I thought it was really nice and less crowded with lots of parking. It was very noticeable that only half the people as normal attended; regardless of whatever the promoters say. My vendor friends all said that their business was way lower than what they usually get in Perry Hall. They also agreed that: The ease of setup and spacing was better than Perry Hall; yet there were no crowds = no costumers = no profit or promotion. A few said the location is too far off the beaten path and the only people attending were people who knew that is was happening. Sadly for the promoters of the fair; I over heard a bunch of vendors saying they are not setting up next year unless it is back in Perry Hall. (Just reporting what I heard. Vendors are much more honest to friends and visitors then they are to overly excited promoters, business associations, politicians and newspaper reporters.)
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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