Centreville Day plans underway
CENTREVILLE — Downtown events naturally bring together families and neighborhoods as well as visitors. The Town of Centreville is known for its Christmas parade where marching bands, fire companies, businesses and civic groups strut their stuff to the delight of thousands of onlookers.
For the past six years another event, Centreville Day, has become increasingly popular with area families as well as the nearly 40 businesses, agencies and organizations who set up tables to share information and do outreach to families. This free family event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, on the green at the historic Queen Anne’s County Circuit Courthouse as well as Lawyers Row. Lawyers Row will be closed to traffic at 10 a.m. Rain date for the event is Oct. 30.
This year’s festivities will includes a singing contest and cookie contest, moon bounce, and an interactive Kids Zone, organized by volunteers from the Queen Anne’s County Children’s Council. Admission is free, but food will be sold. New this year will be a balloon twister, an adult “Hops” scavenger hunt organized by the Bull & Goat Brewery, Centreville, and a community paint-by-numbers art project, organized by the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council.
The Kids Zone will be located on the courthouse lawn facing Liberty Street. This area will feature corn hole free play, pumpkin bowling and painting, face painting, and other interactive games and activities.
Additional event features scheduled are:
• Anti-bullying puppet show, presented by the ARC of the Central Chesapeake Region Eastern Shore.
• “Centreville Idol” singing contest, organized by Queen Anne’s County Public Schools teachers. Deadline to enter, Oct.14
• Final judging for the “Great Centreville Cookie” contest. Entry deadline: Oct. 26.
More than 40 vendors, representing businesses, community organizations, food vendors and the Centreville Farmers Market farmers and vendors.
“The growing popularity of Centreville Day is a testament to the quality of the event activities and the commitment of our Steering Committee volunteers who know that families value well-run events that not only have diverse entertainment features, but also are free or low cost,” said Carol D’Agostino, Centreville Main Street manager. “It’s become so popular that this year residents are planning community lawn sales throughout the town.
“In addition, one of our local businesses, the Bull & Goat Brewery, will host a ribbon cutting before Centreville Day at 10:30 a.m. and an open house until 6 p.m. The Bull & Goat Brewery will also be in their usual spot at the farmers market at Centreville Day.”
Centreville Day is organized a group of volunteers under the direction of the Centreville Main Street program and is presented by the Town of Centreville. The Centreville Day Steering Committee and the generosity of its event corporate sponsors make the event possible.
The event will provide vendor/exhibitor opportunities for civic and nonprofit groups to do community outreach or fundraising as well as businesses to promote services and upcoming promotions of interest to families. Space is limited. The deadline for exhibitor/ vendor and food vendor applications and payment is Friday, Oct. 21.
All exhibitor/vendor applications and the Great Centreville Cookie and Centreville Idol contest forms are available at Centreville Town Hall and online at www.townofcentreville.org. For more information on the Idol competition email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about Centreville Day or to have a vendor application or contest form emailed to you, contact D’Agostino at 410-758-1180, ext. 17, or mainstreet@ townofcentreville.org.
Centreville Day Steering Committee members busy at work planning the Sixth Annual Centreville Day, to be held Saturday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Centreville. From left, Mary Walker, Judy Corchiarino, Natasha Wright, Vince Radosta and Mary Beth Johnson.
King Chris, with his Cheshire cat, and sister Andrea Boothby, a librarian with the Centreville branch of the Queen Anne’s County Library, enjoy Centreville Day 2015.
Pumpkin painting is a popular activity with the children at Centreville Day.