Caro­line Summerfest cel­e­brates 30 years

Times-Record - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

DEN­TON — The town of Den­ton host thou­sands of peo­ple Fri­day, Aug. 17, and Satur­day, Aug. 18, for the 30th an­nual Caro­line Summerfest.

Vis­i­tors gath­ered in down­town Den­ton along Mar­ket Street be­tween First and Third streets for the end of sum­mer event, which fea­tured fire­works, entertainment and mu­sic for all ages.

The fes­ti­val once again saw Gov. Larry Ho­gan, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford and Comp­trol­ler Peter Fran­chot visit the Caro­line County town.

Fran­chot walked down­town and pre­sented a procla­ma­tion Fri­day. Ho­gan and Rutherford made their tripSatur­day, greet­ing vis­i­tors and tak­ing in the sights.

“I love this event ev­ery

year be­cause it brings peo­ple to­gether,” said Ho­gan who also vis­ited Summerfest in 2014 and 2016. “Not only does the whole county come out, but they get peo­ple vis­it­ing from all over. It is a com­mu­nity with so much char­ac­ter and won­der­ful peo­ple. It has some of the nicest peo­ple you will ever find.”

Lin­ing both sides of the street were lo­cal churches, chil­dren’s groups, civic or­ga­ni­za­tions and more. They were all sell­ing food to raise money, raf­fling off mer­chan­dise or rais­ing aware­ness for spe­cific causes.

“Ev­ery sin­gle group that is ac­tive in the com­mu­nity is out here,” Ho­gan said. “It is a great, char­i­ta­ble event. Ev­ery­one is out here rais­ing money for var­i­ous causes and rais­ing aware­ness.

“They got great snow cones,” he said. “Ev­ery­one is hav­ing fun. I just want to con­grat­u­late the peo­ple of Den­ton and Caro­line County for a won­der­ful job for putting this on.”

Ho­gan pre­sented a procla­ma­tion to the lo­cal or­ga­niz­ers for the event, as well as a special plaque with a key to the town of Den­ton to Paul Be­langer for his 30 years old en­ter­tain­ing crowds at Caro­line Summerfest. Be­langer’s act in­cludes walk­ing on stilts all through town dur­ing Summerfest.

On Fri­day, Fran­chot walked through down­town and said hello to vol­un­teers and vis­i­tors. He praised the vol­un­teers for their 30 years of ded­i­ca­tion, and called Caro­line Summerfest, “An iconic Maryland fes­ti­val.”

“This event brings thou­sands of peo­ple to­gether from all over the state,” he said. “To be here for 30 years shows the com­mit­ment and love the com­mu­nity and vol­un­teers have for Summerfest. It is a first-class event all the way around.”

Af­ter open­ing cer­e­monies, march­ing bands from Colonel Richard­son and North Caro­line high school per­formed for the crowd. Each drum­line got the spot­light with a du­el­ing per­for­mance. The bands then played a few songs to­gether be­fore giv­ing the crowd a sneak peak at each field show.

The weather co­op­er­ated with no rain each day but, but tem­per­a­tures reached the 90s, cre­at­ing a hu­mid at­mos­phere. Caro­line County Emer­gency Ser­vices, Caro­line County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, Den­ton po­lice and other first re­spon­ders all at­tended the fes­ti­val to help any cit­i­zen af­fected by the heat. Emer­gency ser­vices said ev­ery­one made out well.

Satur­day af­ter­noon, of­fi­cials hon­ored the achieve­ments by lo­cal ath­letes this sum­mer. Mem­bers of the Caro­line County Special Olympics team re­ceived awards for win­ning state cham­pi­onships in 2018. Also, the Caro­line Ju­nior League and Se­nior League base­ball teams were hon­ored for win­ning their re­spec­tive state cham­pi­onships in July.

The fes­ti­val cul­mi­nated with a fire­works dis­play over down­town Den­ton.

Fol­low Caro­line/ Dorchester Edi­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_ StarDem.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Gov. Larry Ho­gan, cen­ter, gets a pic­ture with the Rap­tors base­ball team at Caro­line Summerfest Satur­day, Aug. 18, in Den­ton.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

A North Caro­line High School Band of Blue mem­ber plays the sax­o­phone at Caro­line Summerfest in Den­ton Fri­day, Aug. 17.

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