With tongs in one hand and a brush in the other, Phil Bowers grilled up turkey legs under the September sun.

The Brewer’s Alley owner hoped to sell 700 legs on the day that marked the return of Frederick’s In The Streets festival, and the crowd was looking pretty good mid-Saturday afternoon. Last year’s event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s busy,” Bowers said, turning legs over the smokey grill, but “it’s not totally back to where it was.”

Thousands of locals and visitors, many of them walking dogs, bustled up and down Market Street. Couples sipped beer as they dined outside restaurants, children clutched balloon animals, and a few people bobbed to the music ringing from live bands.

“It’s very lively,” Emma Hong said as she and her friends munched on turkey legs.

The event usually draws between 60,000 and 70,000 people, according to Jennifer Martin, executive director of Celebrate Frederick, the event’s organizer. Though the official crowd estimate wasn’t in yet Saturday evening, Martin was thrilled with the turnout.

“We weren’t sure what to expect in terms of turnout, but the Frederick community came out to support every part of the event,” Martin said, “from the Market Street Mile and Craft Beverage Experience to the blocks and blocks of nonprofits, downtown businesses and sponsors.”

At A Lit’le Irish, Too, co-owner Emily Warren greeted customers under a tent outside the storefront. Fuzzy sweaters, jewelry, hats, Irish snacks and more drew the eyes of passersby. It was the local business’s first time participating in the festival, Warren said, as they opened a little over two years ago on Saint Patrick’s Day.

Warren was pleased at the turnout, considering she thought fear of the COVID-19 delta variant might deter people from attending.

“Everyone’s super friendly,” Warren said, who owns the shop with her mother Tory. “It’s nice to actually see people out and about.”

Hagerstown friends Brittany Strope and Kristin Banas brought their 5-year-old daughters to the event. Fiona Strope and Ella Banas picked up some bracelets from A Lit’le Irish, Too.

“I like all the shops,” Brittany Strope said, affixing the bracelet to her daughter’s arm.

Fiona was a fan of the basketball setup she found down the street.

Watching over everyone were members of the Frederick Police Department. Among those on foot patrol was Officer First Class Scott Shepardson, working his final shift before retirement. After 22 years with FPD, he said the day felt surreal.

“This is literally what I’ve known every day,” Shepardson said.

The officer grinned at friends he recognized and was quick to offer directions or business recommendations to visitors. Though Frederick is a city of more than 70,000, Shepardson said it has a “hometown feel.”

“I’m extremely proud to say I’m retiring from FPD,” he said.

Shepherdstown, West Virginia, residents Patty Bain Bachner and John Bachner chatted with Shepardson. Bain Bachner was especially excited about her purchase from a local vendor, an ornate bar of green soap.

“It’s a work of art,” she said gleefully.

Though Bain Bachner said she and her husband had been to Frederick before, this was their first time attending In The Streets. She was a big fan.

“This is the community coming out,” she said, remarking over the variety of vendors. “It’s a great piece of diversity.”

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(36) comments

Awteam2021

It’s getting ‘real old’ protecting folks who refuse to protect themselves by not getting vaccinated.

doitforahobby

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Greg F

Whatever.

FlagstaffTM

COVID aside - thanks for all the litter everyone! Really brightened up our neighborhood!

jth7100

phydeaux, I see that. I will probably get bored sooner or later calling out his hypocrisy. He hates that America is losing its whiteness and even commented previously that he's glad he won't be around to see it. As are we. Even his last comment to me here reeks of " I know you are, but what am I?" It doesn't even make sense unless he's eight years old.

threecents

Last count was that 29 people are at FHH, 7 in the ICU. Would it kill these people at In the Streets to wear masks? (Irony intended.)

threecents

Those are the Covid patient numbers from Saturday's FNP.

I can tell from the picture that god(?) was watching over them? Protecting them from Covid…..?

So is FMH going to turn away Covid patients from this event that god didn’t protect? Let me know if you need any help praying 🙏 ? You know to save the ones you turn away?

DMSchobel

On a different note, those Brewer’s Alley smoked turkey legs are FANTASTIC! One of the things about In the Streets we look forward to.

Greg F

Parents with kids there maskless should have child protective services called on them. Darwin may call instead.

Frayou

Don’t understand what is different about conditions now versus a year ago other than 50-70% population has gotten the vaccine? The latest Covid strain has made the population more vulnerable to include the younger. So, why are Government leaders encouraging these mega events, to include crowded ball stadiums and similar? It’s like Government is saying those vulnerable including those not having the vaccine are expendable, while at the same time Federal Government attempts to mandate inoculations. Somewhat ran irony and hypocrisy. Or am I missing something?

Hayduke2

Easy for those eligible - get the vaccine!

Awteam2021

I thought it’s your call to get vaccinated? Not the government. The government is highly recommending to do so and everyone that’s not has been warned they are at the highest risk. So should it be mandated to be vaccinated or should everyone be held hostage until the last skeptics listen to warnings, take proper precautions and get vaccinated?

I went to ‘In The Streets’ and I’m betting the far majority of people were vaccinated. Some were wearing mask, out doors especially if standing in a group and definitely in stores. Most weren’t, who were just walking along, not congregating.

At this point, I’m not sure what government is suppose to do about people who refuse to be vaccinated and still expose themselves to large crowds putting themselves and family at risk. At this point that’s on them.

Oh so in ‘In the Streets’ was just one big game of Russian Roulette? Yeah I have never liked the odds of Russian Roulette…….guess that’s why I didn’t go?

bpsws

I give it two weeks before FHH has no beds available in the Co-Vid unit.

mikekoob

I skipped it and our group cancelled our table in the Green Zone. These pictures horify me, more of which are in the article. Does anyone know what community spread is?

C.D.Reid

You're "horrified?" Seriously?

threecents

I'm not horrified, but I am very disappointed in some people's judgment. In all those pictures I counted just one person wearing a mask. But I already knew that so many people have such bad judgment. There are so many breakthrough cases, and so many people hospitalized. I believe most of those hospitalized are unvaccinated, and I wish the FNP would report on the percentage of FHH Covid cases who are unvaccinated, among other parameters, like age and health predispositions.

C.D.Reid

Sep 10, 2021 4:37pm

"Welcome to the Frederick COVID Festival."

Sep 10, 2021 8:11am

"Yup, let's forget that COVID is surging, including the newest "mu" variant, which may well be impervious to vaccines. All for tourism and $$$. And according to our Great City, "Masks — While there is currently no outdoor mask mandate, Celebrate Frederick encourages attendees to bring a mask to the event to be worn in crowded spaces." Crowded spaces? In the Streets?! Who would think otherwise?

Stay at home. Stay away. Or welcome to COVID Frederick, our very own super-spreader this weekend."

Sep 10, 2021 10:06am

"Justa Glad you said it."

Sep 10, 2021 11:21am

"But, I agree, this is super-spreader event."

Sep 10, 2021 12:10pm

"I am a granpa too, and rest assured anyone who values their family and other people will not risk such a super spreader event."

Look at all those unmasked people! I wonder how many thousands and thousands of people will now test positively for the Chinese virus now after attending this, Frederick's very own, "Super Spreader" event?

(Or is it just that libs love throwing that term around as much as they like throwing the race card with "Racist?")

sevenstones1000

Sounds like somebody touched a nerve with you, C.D. Or two.

C.D.Reid

No, seven, no one "touched a nerve" with me, particularly because I couldn't care less about attendance at this event. I was just noting the drama queen, sensationalist comments which were made, that's all.

Greg F

Drama queen…CD, your mirror reflects that.

jth7100

It actually is a super spreader event and you have made racist comments previously. Nothing sensational or drama queen at all. Greg F is right.

C.D.Reid

Ahhh, and there's jth, our favorite race card throwing drama queen. The troll that I "answer to." [lol][lol][lol][lol][lol] So jth, why does a person have to "have guts" to say whether or not they've been vaccinated? Is it because you have none of your own?

C.D.Reid

And Groggy, you post "Parents with kids there maskless should have child protective services called on them," and call me a drama queen? That's rich! Keep it up, bud, you're always good for a big laugh! [lol][lol][lol][lol][lol] [thumbup][thumbup]

Dwasserba

No time has passed yet since the event so too soon to say. Elsewhere people are trying to unravel how my friend’s 94 year old fully vaccinated mom got covid, she lives alone with just caregivers and family stopping in/taking her out. Released from the hospital sooner than they’d like on the basis of “bed shortage” - can we assume hospital staff are making hard choices now. Who got that bed. 😦 She would never resist and did not. Now scrambling to arrange home care. Covid can go real bad real fast. That’s not drama, that’s fact. Maybe you haven’t seen it. You are blessed.

phydeaux994

jth, Mr. Reid has been making Racist comments here for 6+ years and still hates being called a Racist even though he has admitted being a Racist in the past. I guess he has retracted his confession. But he is obsessed with striking back at people who hurt his feelings, which happens every day. But I am glad he is now obsessed with you as we can clearly see, and stopped being obsessed with me.

threecents

Sorry CD, but if people's lives and jobs are at stake, then I think a little drama may be appropriate. The guidance from the governor and the CDC is still to wear masks outside if in crowded events.

public-redux

The hubster and I are hoping that Color Fest is returning this year. It is the best celebration of redneck culture of which I am aware, Our favorite activity is counting pregnant teenagers. A close second are the apple fritters.

C.D.Reid

Fido, FYI, I have never been "obsessed" with you, and certainly not to the point where I've looked up your personal information and posted it here online, as you have done with me. By doing so, you proved that you, in fact, are the one who is obsessed with me, as I have stated time and again. And I repeatedly asked you why you were so obsessed with me to do so, what difference it was to you who my family was, and you were always too much of a coward to answer me. No surprise there. You're afraid to post personal information about yourself, yet you have no qualms about doing so with others. What people post about themselves is their option, it does not give you the right to do the same, and that was impressed upon you by the FNP, was it not? So don't try to worm your way out of it. Also, as I have stated, I'm simply tired of your crap, the garbage you post, and you thoroughly disgust me. You're a typical liberal, and liberals make me sick, as they do all patriotic Americans. You, and your kind, are what's wrong with this county, this state, and this country, and I'm not the only one who has expressed a desire for you to just relocate back to P.G. Co. So don't flatter yourself thinking I've been "obsessed" with you, when you've spent so many years trolling me. Now f off.

phydeaux994

I gave out no personal information on the man who’s real name is C.D.Reid, who you claim to be. NONE. You say you are C.D.Reid, not anyone else and I believe you. I know you never lie. If you disagree tell me what personal information I gave out about you C.D.Reid.

Greg F

Yes, CD....knowingly exposing kids to that sort of danger is something the parents should be doing, but aren't. Exposing to serious risk of long term disability or even death....no...not huge risk of the latter, but it's not a mater of if they get infected over when...and how seriously so. The hospital bills alone should be a clue of how bad it can be for a dipsh** parent to let their kid go maskless and then put them in a crowd full of other idiots.

Greg F

Nailed it…

Dwasserba

CD, “Justa” was part of the handle of the commenter I was agreeing with. I was acknowledging him/her before saying I agreed. “Glad you said it” was my comment.

C.D.Reid

I knew that, Dwasserba. I merely quoted your comment in full.

Awteam2021

Cd your 8:08am comment is obsessive - continuous long in denial, intrusive, blame of others for your feelings ( “you and your kind” are to blame) and to a troubling extent.

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