BALTIMORE (AP) — Spring is here and so is a Baltimore tradition that has been around for a century: Flowermart.

The annual festival that began in 1911 will take over Mount Vernon on Friday and Saturday with lemon peppermint sticks, the traditional hat contest, a pet parade, the Hilda Mae Snoops Art Contest and a new costume contest.

Vendors will be offering plants, gardening specialty items and tasty treats.

There will also be representatives from neighborhoods, community groups, schools, government agencies and wellness organizations.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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