Organizers of Elkridge Days Carnival hope proceeds are enough to build park ELLICOTT CITY/ELKRIDGE

June 14, 1993|By Sherry Joe | Sherry Joe,Staff Writer

Organizers of the sixth annual Elkridge Days Carnival, which opens today, hope this is the year their efforts will begin to pay off with a 5- to 6-acre children's park in Elkridge.

Carnival organizers over the years have squirreled away $15,000 from proceeds toward leasing park space.

The Elkridge Business and Professional Association, the carnival's sponsor, is considering a 5-acre parcel adjacent to Rockburn Branch Park, among a number of sites, said Craig Albright, carnival organizer and former association president.

"We hope with the county's help to lease a piece of property," Mr. Albright said.

He said the group hopes to begin building a park within the next year that could feature a baseball diamond, soccer field and playground equipment.

The park would also be the future home of the carnival.

This year's festivities feature a number of changes, including a later starting date and a new ride company.

The carnival usually begins Memorial Day but was delayed this year because of the new ride company's schedule. Carnival organizers also wanted to avoid rain, which has discouraged potential revelers from attending the weeklong fair in the past.

"We always get three days where we're rained out," Mr. Albright said. "We hope Mother Nature's kinder to us this year."

Last year, several thousand people visited the carnival, he said.

The Elkridge Days Carnival will take place at the former Elkridge Drive-In near Bonnie View Lane.

Carnival hours will be 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. today through Thursday and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

More than 40 booths featuring food vendors and local community groups will appear at the carnival.

Rides require several 60-cent tickets, but carnival-goers can pay $8.50 for an unlimited number of rides during Family Nights on Tuesday and Thursday.

Discount coupons for $1 off Family Night tickets are available at local businesses, including Commercial Tire and McDonalds on Route 1.

The parade will start at 6:30 p.m. today near the Water Works Car Wash at 6370 Old Washington Blvd. and proceed north to Levering Avenue.

Local community groups and fire trucks from area fire departments will appear in the parade, sponsored by the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department.

A trophy will be given to the best engine, Mr. Albright said.

Abner Gouldin will be grand marshal this year.

Mr. Gouldin retired in January from the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department after 23 years of service, including stints as ambulance captain and a member of the board of directors.

He also served on the Howard County Fire Board and is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8097.

This year, he was one of 10 people selected as Outstanding Senior Citizen by the Maryland Jaycees.

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