Kentlands Day Draws Crowds

Lakelands resident Rachel Carreras participates in a demonstration by Kicks Karate during the Kentlands Day parade.

Thousands attended Kentlands Day on May 4, which began with sunny skies with a parade down Main Street and continued for hours with a festival in Kentlands Downtown.

Kentlands Day organizer Andrew Ross estimated at least 22,000 people attended the day’s events, making it the most well-attended festival to date.

Rachel Carson Elementary School Principal Larry Chep served as the grand marshal for this year’s parade, and a total of 39 entries participated, including many groups from the area.

“It’s amazing to see how the parade and festival have grown in five years. It just keeps getting bigger and better,” said Kentlands Community Foundation Executive Director Carrie Dietz. “The Foundation loves being part of Kentlands Day, and we benefit from the proceeds, which helps us support the Foundation and its programs such as the Community Chorus, Film Society, KidServe and of course the Kentlands/Lakelands 5K, which is Aug. 31 this year.”

Ride Allegheny collected $1,300 in donations while promoting this year’s ride, which will take place on Oct. 3 – 6.

Lakelands Park Middle School (LPMS) and Rachel Carson Elementary School held fundraising events during the festival, and Ride Allegheny collected donations at its table. In addition, the Kentlands Day committee donated funds to Montgomery County Fire Station 31 to help with the purchase of a TV.

Ross said 100 vendors participated in the business fair, and plenty of activities went on throughout the day.

“Some notable stage performances included middle school band, Fuse, [which] did a great set on the Community Stage, [including LPMS student Devin Streight as the guitarist for the band,] and the Quince Orchard Marching Band and Color Guard were awesome on the Main Stage,” he said. “Potomac Pizza provided breakfast for all of the volunteers in the morning and reported food sales were much stronger than last year, as did O’Donnell’s.”

Overall it was a great day, said Ross.

View more Kentlands Day photos at in the May 2013 folder.