Es­sex Day sched­uled for Sept. 17

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By: GIANNA DECARLO gde­carlo@ches­

Every­body mark your cal­en­dars, it’s al­most that time again! The 42nd An­nual Es­sex Day, the yearly street fes­ti­val and cel­e­bra­tion of our own lit­tle piece of east

Bal­ti­more County, will once again take over the 400-500 blocks of Eastern Ave. on Sun­day, Septem­ber 17 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m..

“It’s a re­ally great day for Es­sex and a sta­ple of the com­mu­nity and we want to see as many peo­ple in­volved as pos­si­ble,” said An­gel Ball, the spon­sor­ship chair of the Es­sex Day Fes­ti­val As­so­ci­a­tion.

She ex­cit­edly de­scribes a day jam-packed with ac­tivi-

ties and en­ter­tain­ment. Sev­eral live bands and a kid­die karaoke con­test (with a cash prize!) will be spread out along three stages. There will also be a kid’s zone with arts and crafts, free tours of the Her­itage So­ci­ety of Es­sex-Mid­dle River Mu­seum, cos­tumed char­ac­ters, and

dozens of food and novelty ven­dors.

Started in 1975 to raise money for Balle­stone-Stans­bury House, Es­sex Day has al­ways only been pos­si­ble through the hard work and gen­eros­ity of vol­un­teers and com­mu­nity mem­bers, Ball said. The as­so­ci­a­tion is

open for vol­un­teers to help make the event a suc­cess. If in­ter­ested, con­tact Ball at 443-676-6929.

Spon­sor­ship po­si­tions and ven­dor spots for lo­cal busi­nesses and non-prof­its are also avail­able. Spon­sors will be men­tioned on stage and dur­ing the event’s open­ing

cer­e­monies. Spon­sor­ship re­quests are due by Septem­ber 11. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 443-579-4913 and leave a mes­sage with your name/busi­ness name, phone num­ber and email ad­dress and an Es­sex Day rep­re­sen­ta­tive will get back to you.

At Es­sex Day 2016, every­body was all smiles.

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