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On Saturday, county residents can get a “Taste of Indian Head” at the town’s Village Green and Pavilion from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Organized by the Indian Head Business Alliance and the town, the event’s first year hopefully will not be the last.

“We’re hoping to do it next year and many years to come,” business alliance co-founder Pam Hayes said.

Hayes, co-owner of Dale’s Smokehouse in Indian Head, and Kay Cotton, owner of dance studio Hope You Dance, came up with the idea for the event in early 2012.

Hayes and Cotton were concerned as the event approached, however, that the impending federal government “sequestration” cuts would keep vendors and visitors away. But Hayes said that 27 vendors are signed up for Saturday, come rain or shine. Three outside vendors signed on as late as Tuesday.

“The turnout has been unbelievable with the vendors,” Hayes said, adding that she had to turn a few vendors away for lack of indoor space.

The plan for the event has turned out as Hayes and Cotton originally hoped. Hayes said the event will be outdoors, include nature-related activities and activities for children, such as storytelling and a police dog demonstration by the Charles County Sheriff’s Office. McGruff the Crime Dog will participate in a storytelling time.

“Taste of Indian Head” also will have a 50/50 raffle and musical performances by Under Command and Doc Stevens Band, which are both volunteering their talents for the event.

Vendors include Tastefully Simple, Recycled Dreams, jewelry by Jennifer Chen, Up the Creek Rentals, Mary Kay, Scentsy, Tupperware, art by Pete Hayes and Azure B LLC, baked goods, Western Charles Chargers food booth, Thirty One, Lady J’s Avon, OBO Pizza, jewelry by Joan Boggs, Dale’s Smokehouse and Herbalife.

“We’re just looking forward to hopefully a large turnout so people can see the wonderful things we have in Indian Head,” Up the Creek Rentals co-owner Mike Jones said.

Jones and co-owner Sue Tice will have kayaks, power boats and bicycles on display for demonstrations.

Vice Mayor Ed Rice said he hopes that not only will residents get to know what the town has to offer but that local businesses will get to talk with one another.

Mayor Dennis Scheessele will give opening remarks Saturday morning.

rbarnabi@somdnews.com