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212 Whitehead Hall / 3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21218-2692
Phone: (410) 516-7160 / Fax (410) 516-5251

July 12, 1995
CONTACT: Leslie Rice

Johns Hopkins Holds Hero's Festival for Maryland Cyclists

More than 1,200 tired, sweaty but exuberant cyclists will ride into Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus Saturday, July 29 for a hero's welcome from their friends and families.

Johns Hopkins is the last stop in 1995's 300-mile, First National Bank/Cycle Across Maryland Bike Tour. The trek begins in Oakland July 24 and for the next six days cyclists will travel the state from west to east. Johns Hopkins is inviting the community to a festival celebrating the tour's finish.

Beginning at 11 a.m., visitors can purchase a buffet lunch and drinks, listen to the Latin and Caribbean dance sounds of Mambo Combo, Scat Madrigals, a vocal jazz ensemble, and Pan's Fancy, a bagpipe hurdy-gurdy ensemble. Strolling through the crowd will be jugglers, street performers, the Baltimore Orioles and Hopkins Blue Jay mascots. The festival will also feature volleyball and basketball, face painting and caricatures.

Local community groups are also invited to reserve booths to spread word about their programs.

Cycle Across Maryland officials expect the first cyclists to begin trickling into the Homewood campus around 9 a.m. but the majority of bikers should arrive before noon. The Homewood campus will be open to the public beginning at 9 a.m.; festivities will begin in earnest at 11 a.m.

Johns Hopkins' Office of Special Events still needs volunteers to help with the celebration. For more information about the festival, to reserve a community booth, or if you'd like to help, call (410)516-7157.

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