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Halfway Park Days offers more than 120 craft vendors

May 27, 2007|By MARIE GILBERT

HALFWAY-Compared to most collectors, Alan Comins got a head start pursuing his hobby.

He became interested in toy helicopters at the age of 10 - the time most boys' notions of collecting went no further than baseball cards.

"I'm not sure what the initial fascination was," the Boonsboro resident said. "I guess I just thought they were kind of neat."

Thirty years later, Comins has a small room in his house filled with helicopters of all sizes.

"I've lost count as to how many I actually have," he said. "But I always have space for one more."

Comins added to his collection on Saturday when he came upon a 12-inch metal helicopter at Halfway Park Days.

"I wasn't expecting to find this today," he said. "Sometimes, you get lucky."

If you weren't interested in toy helicopters, there were plenty of other vendors selling their wares Saturday at Halfway Park Days.

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The event at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park continues today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Sponsored by the Lions Club of Halfway, the festival currently is in its 28th year.

"This is our main fundraiser," said Archie van Norden, club president.

Profits from the money generated from food and vendors goes back to the community, he said. The event has helped fund the park's pool and some of the pavilions, as well as scholarships for area students.

"We also provide eyeglasses, wheelchairs and walkers for those in need," van Norden said.

According to organizers, the festival features about 120 craft vendors, offering everything from paintings and floral arrangements to jewelry and dolls.

Saturday's entertainment included South Hagerstown High School's jazz band and The Midnighters, plus magician Michael T.

Today's entertainment will include music by Ho-Kiss Po-Kiss at 1:30 p.m. and the Magic of Michael T at 2 and 4 p.m.

In the past, the event has drawn as many as 10,000 people throughout the weekend, van Norden said.

"It's a popular event, but it depends on the weather," van Norden said. "If it rains, we're shot. But with the beautiful weather we're having today, we'll see a lot of people."

If you go

What: Halfway Park Days

When: Today, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park, Halfway

Free admission and parking. Food and crafts for sale.

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