When many area families think of the end of the summer and family fun they think of the Caroline Summerfest in downtown Denton, Maryland. This free family festival started from modest beginnings as a one-block, one-night celebration with one stage, one band and a handful of non-profit street vendors. The event was created simply to entertain 600 touring bicyclists who were participating in the 600-mile, inaugural Cycle Across Maryland event. And as they say, the rest is history – 20 years of it!
Since its 1989 beginning, the event has expanded to three stages, 25 entertainment acts, and more than 100 community and corporate sponsor vendors. As the festival expanded so have the crowds. “In our first year we only really expected the cyclists, but more than 1,500 showed up,” says Sue Simmons, director of Caroline County Recreation & Parks. “Over the past few years we have consistently drawn about 12,500 festival goers all looking to have fun with their families without having to spend lots of money. Summerfest has truly become a family tradition for many people in the area,” she adds.
In years past, the event has been produced with a variety of themes – from “Summerfest Goes Hollywood” to “Planet Caroline.” This year’s theme was “A Swashbuckling Adventure” and EXiT Gold Realty was there among the pirates, their beauties and their mateys. On August 14th & 15th, EXiT Gold Agents manned a real estate information booth handing out pamphlets about Caroline County history, Bicycle Helmet Safety and Pool Safety as well as other giveaways. Agents were on hand to talk about the current market, foreclosures, as well as short sales in the area. The two day event filled with free kids activities, a car show and cruise-in, variety of music, good food, and even a sand sculptor ended with a wonderful display of fireworks. EXiT Gold Realty looks forward to sponsoring this event again next year.
For more information about EXiT Gold Realty, please call 410-643-4111. EXiT Gold Realty is located at 1241 Shopping Center Road, Stevensville and 22143 Shore Highway, Denton.