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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.