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.
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.
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