DENTON — Caroline Summerfest, the traditional end of the summer celebration for area families, will celebrate the sights and sounds of the 1950s.

The upcoming festival will be held from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday, Aug. 15 and noon to 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 16 in historic downtown Denton.

The free festival features three stages of regional and local entertainment, a pedestrian parade, a classic car display, fireworks, strolling performers, free KidZart! activities and food and gaming vendors, benefiting local non-profits. Free parking and shuttle bus transportation is available from the Health and Public Services Building off 6th Street on both days.

Live music: A variety of music will be performed on three stages throughout the festival, including OH BOY! A Tribute to Buddy Holly, Mike Hines and the Look, the Ashley Mitchell Band Trio, Flatland Drive, and Vic Vacuum and The Attachments. See page 4 for a complete performance schedule.

Pedestrian parade: The parade steps off in front of the Denton Town Office at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 15. Compete for cash prizes for the best ‘50s-themed costume or mini-wagon float. On-site registration closes at 6:30 p.m. No vehicles are permitted.

Fireworks display: Fireworks launch from the bottom of Market Street at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16. Fireworks will be ushered in with the classic jazz music of the U. S. Navy Commodores bringing to life the ‘50s repertoire of Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk.

KidZart: Enjoy a variety of family-friendly free activities and crafts at the open lot off Market and Third streets under the big tent on both Friday and Saturday until 8 p.m. Children also will enjoy rides and games, face painting, sand sculpting, street performers and other activities that will keep kids and adults busy for hours. And, of course, you can also enjoy the variety of festival foods and gaming vendors, benefiting local non-profits.

The Choptank “Rivah Run” will be held Saturday, Aug. 16, at Martinak State Park.

Sponsored by Easton Cycle and Sport, the Choptank “Rivah Run” is a pre-Caroline Summerfest event that combines fitness and fun. Onsite registration and check-in begins at 9 a.m. at Martinak State Park on Sharp Road in Denton. The event starts at 10 a.m.

The typical 100-plus participants paddle the two-mile course at their own pace from the state park to the Choptank River Yacht Club. The race is a poker run. Each paddler stops at a series of checkpoints staffed by Choptank River Yacht Club flotilla. Safety checks and assistance needed on the water during the event is provided by the Maryland Natural Resources Police.

Pre-registration is recommended, but registration will also be accepted onsite the day of the event. Registration is $10 per person in advance or $15 per person the day of the event. A limited supply of canoes is available for rent and should be reserved prior to the day of the event.

For more information, contact Caroline County Recreation and Parks at 410-479-8120 or visit the website to download the registration flyer at www.carolinesummerfest.com or www.carolinerecreation.org.

The festival is supported in part by a grant from the Caroline County Council of Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council and the Maryland Tourism Development Board. The Town of Denton and Caroline County Recreation & Parks produce the event with the volunteer support of hundreds of residents and local non-profit organizations. More than 100 area businesses support the festival through donations and in-kind gifts.

Caroline Summerfest is a pet-free, wheel-free and alcohol-free event. Park your bicycle, scooters and skateboards on the bike racks located at Third and Gay streets. For more information, call 410-479-8120 or toll-free 888-786-3378 or go to www.carolinesummerfest.com.

The 2014 Caroline Summerfest media sponsors are radio sponsors 96.7 WCEI and 94.3 WINX and print sponsor The Times-Record. The festival is supported in part by a grant from the Caroline County Council of Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council and the Maryland Tourism Development Board. The Town of Denton and Caroline County Recreation & Parks produce the event with the volunteer support of hundreds of citizens and local non-profit organizations. More than 100 area businesses support the festival through donations and in-kind gifts.

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