Laurel’s Main Street could be alive with hobby Saturday as it’s nicely-cherished Main Street Festival returns, promising a parade, food, video games and entertainment for all ages to experience, organizers said.
The metropolis’s largest festival, the only-day occasion attracts among seventy-five,000 to 100,000 humans, in line with Maureen Rogers, pageant organizer for Laurel Board of Trade.
“It is an opportunity for Main Street traders to have an afternoon to fulfill plenty of people,” Rogers said. “There’s the whole thing you could probably need.”
Festivities start at 9 a.M. With a parade. American Legion Post 60 might be the grand marshal.
“We’re celebrating our one centesimal 12 months anniversary,” said Lee Luby, Post 60 commander. “It is a pretty huge deal for us.”
Luby, together with the president of the Legion’s Auxiliary and two Miss Poppy honorees will ride within the front of the parade, she said. The Legion’s shade defends, Legion Riders and its junior members, who might be carrying a banner, may even parade. The Legion’s World War II veterans will ride in golf carts.
“We quite a good deal do it each 12 months, but this 12 months we’re doing it large than usual,” Luby stated.
The parade may also feature antique motors, vintage hearth vans, marching bands and performers from Laurel Mill Playhouse’s manufacturing of “Jekyll and Hyde.”
“From the very beginning, there was a parade,” Rogers stated. “We’re waiting for among 50 to 60 entries this yr.”
The Legion can even have a table set up on Main Street with records about the club and the sports the Legion promotes, which includes Laurel Little League baseball and the annual Easter Egg hunt.
“It is a good way to get out into the network,” Luby said. “We’re located on the end of Main Street and no longer absolutely visible. [The festival] is a chance for us to let the network know what we do and that we’re right here.”
Along Main Street, provider companies, nonprofits and neighborhood companies can have tables providing records and goods, Rogers said. There will also be masses of artwork and craft vendors selling the whole lot from handmade garb to mini picnic tables and hair add-ons.
“Every yr we pay attention lower back from the carriers that they revel in the day,” Rogers stated. “They enjoy meeting the people and the other providers. We anticipate a lot of new human beings and vintage favorites might be here.”
Live entertainment will also be featured throughout the day on three ranges.
“We have some terrific bands playing, and that they’re all absolutely extraordinary, too,” Rogers said. “There will also be belly dancers on one of the levels. That might be interesting.”
Food of all types can be to be had, from deep-fried Oreos to kettle corn, chicken tenders and funnel desserts.
“There might be Thai, Chinese and Mexican meals,” introduced Rogers, consisting of her preferred, crab cakes. “That is simply the icing on the cake.”
While the competition is open to everyone, humans are asked to leave their pets home, Rogers stated.
“No animals, please,” Rogers said. “It’s no longer true for them. It’s too crowded and the pavement may be too warm.”
Perhaps the most important appeal of the festival is the folks who attend it, Rogers stated.
“It’s a day of fun,” Rogers stated. “You see all of us here. You see all of your buddies.”