Ex­pe­ri­ence a Taste of In­dian Head this week­end

Maryland Independent - - News - By TIF­FANY WAT­SON twat­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: Tif­fIndyNews

In­dian Head res­i­dents can ex­pect a fam­ily day of fun at the fourth an­nual Taste of In­dian Head on May 14.

On Satur­day, the Taste of In­dian Head will be­gin at 11 a.m. with an open­ing cer­e­mony and then give lo­cal res­i­dents an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence lo­cal ven­dors and entertainment in­clud­ing bands, clowns, singers and mu­si­cians, face paint­ing, a fash­ion show, a dance recital and the town’s In­dian Head pageant, all at the Vil­lage Green Park and Vil­lage Green Pav­il­ion.

“It’s a re­ally great event that high­lights busi­nesses, lo­cal ven­dors in the town and it re­ally gets the busi­ness community in­volved with ev­ery­one so we re­ally look for­ward to the event,” said In­dian Head Mayor Bran­don Paulin. “It’s al­ways been a re­ally suc­cess­ful event, fun for all ages. They have a pie eat­ing con­test and the Lit­tle Miss In­dian Head pageant that’s al­ways adorable.”

The event is co-spon­sored by the In­dian Head Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion and the Town of In­dian Head, and in­cludes food trucks, such as Dale’s Smoke­house, co-owned by Pam Hund­ley, co-chair of the In­dian Head Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion.

Hund­ley said the Taste of In­dian Head event was started four years ago by the busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tion in an ef­fort to get busi­nesses more in­volved in the community, al­low the pub­lic to see what lo­cal busi­nesses have to of­fer and host a nice, fam­ily-friendly event that lets peo­ple know what’s hap­pen­ing in the town.

“We want to help sup­port the home-based busi­nesses be­cause there’s this stigma like ‘what’s so good over there in In­dian Head?’ and this event demon­strates that,” said Kay Cot­ton, co-chair of the In- dian Head Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion. “Most Charles County busi­nesses and res­i­dents didn’t even know about Route 210 [In­dian Head High­way] be­cause most events are in Wal­dorf and La Plata. This event gets the other parts of Charles County look­ing in our di­rec­tion.”

The busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tion notes that a ma­jor­ity of the busi­nesses in the town are fam­ily oper­ated and owned by women. The as­so­ci­a­tion hopes the event will spark in­ter­est among other types of busi­nesses that would help re­vi­tal­ize the town’s econ­omy.

“The Taste of In­dian Head gives vis­i­tors a taste of a small town,” Cot­ton said.

Cot­ton said vis­i­tors can also ex­pect entertainment such as bel­ly­dancers, the South­ern Mary­land line dancers, and lo­cal mu­si­cians Kevin Grimes and Doc Stevens & Mar­i­lyn Band.

“Last year we had a lit­tle over 400 peo­ple so this event usu­ally draws a very big crowd,” Hund­ley said. “This will be our sec­ond year do­ing the Lit­tle Miss In­dian Head pageant which ev­ery­one loves to see.”

Win­ners for the pageants, in­clud­ing the Lit­tle Miss and Lit­tle Mr. In­dian Head (ages 3-6); Ju­nior Miss and Ju­nior Mr. In­dian Head (ages 7-10); and Miss Teen and Mr. Teen In­dian Head (ages 16 -19), will be crowned that day. The win­ners will re­ceive a crown and a sash. Win­ner of the big­gest cat­e­gory — Lit­tle Miss In­dian Head — will re­ceive a Build-a-Bear that reads “Lit­tle Miss In­dian Head.”

Paulin sug­gested to the busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tion that next year the town should in­cor­po­rate a pa­rade into the Taste of In­dian Head as an­other way to get more of the lo­cal stu­dents and or­ga­ni­za­tions in­volved.

SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Par­tic­i­pants take part in last year’s pie eat­ing con­test at Taste of In­dian Head at the Vil­lage Green.

Doc Stevens & Mar­i­lyn Band per­form at last year’s Taste of In­dian Head entertainment por­tion at the Vil­lage Green.

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