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The first Family Arts and Fun Festival, which will benefit Harford Habitat For Humanity, will be held Saturday at the Bel Air Town Center at the corner of Routes 1 and 24.

“You might remember ‘Betsey the Cow’ from that location,” Mike Blum, the event’s publicist, wrote in an e-mail. “We have a giant inflatable cow (as close to the real one as we could get, considering!) going up right on Route 24 for this event — the cow shall not be forgotten!”

For many years, the corner where the Bel Air Town Center sits remained undeveloped as the town grew all around it. That undeveloped parcel included the home the late Glenn C. Deaton and a lone cow, dubbed “Betsey,” who lived in a front pasture until Mr. Deaton died in 1988 and that corner fell to development, too.

From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, the free Family Arts and Fun Festival will feature working artists, artisans, face painting, local musicians, unique creations, entertainment, food and fun.

The event benefits Harford Habitat for Humanity, which will have representatives on-site.

The event is for all ages and admission and parking are free. For information, call 410-893-1700 or go online to

“And remember,” Blum wrote, “it’s totally free — unless you buy something!”

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