Adkins Arboretum's Enchanted Fairyfest is Oct. 12

The Fairy Queen, Chelsea Raithby, greets visitors to Adkins Arboretum's annual Fairyfest. This year's event is Saturday, Oct. 12. 

RIDGELY — Bring wings and wands for a day of magic at Adkins Arboretum for the fourth annual Fairyfest.

The event — held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 — celebrates fancy, fantasy and fun in the forest. Follow a trail of fairy houses along enchanted forest paths, meet Cinderella’s fairy godmother and enjoy the meadow maypole dance.

Admission to Fairyfest is $10 for adults and children ages 3 and up and free for children 2 and under. Admission can be paid in advance at adkinsarboretum.org.

Face painting, archery and swordplay for elven warriors, a dragon tram and magical games and crafts are all part of the fun. Elves and fairies can make their own bows, search for Rumpelstiltskin’s gold, sip nectar at an acorn tea party and explore the labyrinth in Emily’s Play Garden.

The event features live entertainment throughout the day, including performances by Shore Shakespeare, Ampersand, Chestertown Ukulele Club and the Sammati Dance Troupe. Unicorn rides provided by Snapdragon Stables, food by BBQ and Beyond and ice cream from Nice Farms Creamery will be available for purchase.

All are invited to enter the Great Fairy House Challenge. Awards will be given in the categories of Most Magical, Golden Fairy, Simply Spellbinding and Enchanted Excellence.

Entries must be brought to the Arboretum Oct. 4 to 6 and will be displayed during Fairyfest. Submission guidelines are available at adkinsarboretum.org.

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