2013 Towsontown Spring Festival Reflecting Food Culture
Other new initiatives are also in store for the popular event.
The Towson Chamber of Commerce is planning a major revamp for the 46th annual Towsontown Spring Festival, which will highlight the prominence of food in modern culture.
"Every year, right after the festival, we take into account what's worked, what hasn't, and we realized the driving force is the food," said Nancy Hafford, executive director of the chamber.
Although the festival will still host approximately 40 food vendors, Hafford said there will be a greater diversity of options such as a mobile Looney's Pub, dishes from Red, Hot & Blue and Seafood by the Bay—an area organized by radio station 100.7 WZBA-FM where festival-goers can enjoy lunch and live music. There will also be an outdoor bar with seating and televised sporting events.
"We're not just offering festival foods," she said. "We're bringing in more upscale eateries."
Also, for the first time, there is no charge to visit music centers, which include "The Monsters of Mock," a tribute area for popular bands from the past such as The Beatles and Kiss; local and regional performers.
"We felt that we didn't want to prevent people from coming to the festival and strolling around," Hafford said. "We wanted to make it more accessible."
Another notable addition is the introduction of carnival rides to the Family Fun area. This section will also feature face painting and other activities for young attendees.
Popular attractions such as the antique car show, obstacle course and bungee jumping will also return.
The Towsontown Spring Festival, which has no entry fee, will run on May 4 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and May 5 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. A layout of the festival grounds in downtown Towson and additional details can be found on the event's website.
In 2012, the festival attracted approximately 250,000 patrons, Hafford said. Attendees are requested to keep pets at home due to the crowds and lack of curbing facilities.
The event currently has approximately 500 volunteers, but those interested in contributing their time are encouraged to email Hafford at email@example.com.