Cecil Whig - - JUMPSTART - By KRIS KIELICH kkielich@ches­pub.com

ELK­TON — When there’s a slight chill in the air and per­haps the leaves ever so slightly start to turn red, Elk­ton’s an­nual Fall Fest is in the air. And af­ter 21 years, crowds can ex­pect the same old fun, but of course with some new twists.

Twenty one years ago, the first Fall Fest was sim­ple, with it be­ing a place for peo­ple to shop from lo­cal mer­chants on the streets. As time passed and it grew, more and more ven­dors, crafters, ar­ti­sans and events for kids be­gan to be added and even­tu­ally it be­came the an­nual sta­ple of the com­mu­nity that it is to­day.

Mary Jo Jablon­ski, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Elk­ton Cham­ber and Al­liance, laid out the two-day fes­ti­val, which runs to­day and Satur­day, in terms of what fan fa­vorites re­turn and what’s new this year.

“We start on Fri­day night with the clas­sic car show and live en­ter­tain­ment from Leon Smith and the Up All Night Band,” Jablon­ski said. “The streets close and the food ven­dors are here as well.”

On Satur­day, Jab­slon­ski ex­plained that the crafters come in and the chil­dren’s games and face paint­ing also start, and early on in the day, around 8:30 a.m., the Cub Scouts will run their an­nual push cart derby.

“We have a karate demo, and mu­sic at the court­house gar­den from Plan B,” Jablon­ski said. “And of course we have the Elk­ton Voice con­test, which has a $200 cash prize.”

For new events this year, Jablon­ski listed sev­eral new­com­ers and new events for at­ten­dees. There will be a ven­tril­o­quist act this year, as well as a se­ries of in­flat­a­bles from Ch­e­sa­peake In­flat­a­bles, in­clud­ing an in­flat­able mini golf course for all ages.

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Au­di­ences en­joy per­for­mances by lo­cal tal­ent in the 2016 Voice of Elk­ton con­test at Fall Fest, with the win­ners seen here.

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