For more than 30 years, the Severn Improvement Association has sponsored its annual Queenstown Day to honor the Severn community.
Each year, Queenstown Day is celebrated the second Saturday in July and pays homage to the Queenstown community, which is made up of more than 200 homes located off of Quarterfield Road in Severn.
This year’s event, held Saturday, kicked off with a parade that included local elected officials, marching bands, classic cars, motorcycles and the Department of Veterans Affairs Mobile Unit.
Miss Queenstown and her runner-up also participated, as well as football teams from the Severn Athletic Council.
A free hot dog and drink were provided for parade participants.
The parade was followed by a 3-point shootout contest for basketball players from the Fort Meade All-Star team, the Maryland Amateur Athletic Union, the Anne Arundel County Police and the Maryland All-Star team.
The Fort Meade All-Stars, made up of service members from across the installation, played the Maryland All-Stars in the hourlong Queenstown Classic basketball game Saturday afternoon.
Phillip Singleton, a former Army nurse who served at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center, was the team’s coach.
Although Fort Meade lost to the Maryland All-Stars, 69 to 63, Singleton said the team played well but the opponent team’s taller players were difficult to beat.
The players were given Queenstown Day Classic hats and T-shirts.
Singleton said the event is a good way for Severn residents to meet Fort Meade service members in an informal setting.
“It’s nice to get out in the community,” he said.