From the website http://www.honfest.net/whatis.html:
WHAT IS A HON?
The term Hon is actually a friendly Baltimore greeting and comes from the word honey. Around here, however, the women who vie to become Baltimore’s Best Hon are a vision of the sixties-era. They are women with beehive hairdos, bright-blue eye shadow, spandex pants and anything with leopard print!
FEEL LIKE YOU WON'T FIT IN?
At HonFest you too can get your own beehive in our Glamour Lounge, listen to talented local musicians, and check out the work of local artists, while you stroll downy Avenue?
So, Ryan dropped me off near the yarn shop, and it happened to be right by the stage for the Miss Hon Fest beauty pageant. I couldn't resist taking pictures, because it was amazing! It was a huge event, and the crowds turned out even with the extreme heat. All the lemonade vendors were doing a brisk business. The owner of the yarn shop and the other local shops were dressed up in their 60s garb.
The crazy striped dress was the person doing the interviewing.
The contestants waiting to go on stage. Lots of pink flamingos!
This girl is a school administrator, she had a few students to cheer her on.
Just part of the crowd that was melting in the heat. I did manage to see the glamour tent where you could get your very own beehive hairdo and a few of the vendors before heading back to the car.
After all that excitement, Fort McHenry doesn't look quite as exciting. But it was still interesting and the ocean breeze was a welcome change.
After watching the brief movie, which ended with playing the Star Spangled Banner with the curtains opened so we could see the reproduction flag over the fort, we wandered through it. Everyone in the room was trying not to laugh when the curtains dramatically opened and the first thing we see was a guy jogging right in front of the window who you couldn't ignore. He was oblivious and after he passed, we could see the flag.
Standing on the path on the top of the earthworks, you had a great view of the ocean.