Whether you're young or old, summer just would not be complete without a visit to a neighborhood carnival. Granted,it's not a trip to Fan Fest, Disney World or any one of the major theme parks. But, it isn't a major budget-buster,either.
The lights and noise of the midway;kids of all ages excitedly waiting in line for the mandatory ride on the Ferris wheel; the flock of adolescents hanging out at the ride with the loudest music; the gleaming face of a winner proudly claiming a prize; seeing old friends and exchanging the latest news; the taste-tempting odor of funnel cakes frying. No, it wouldn't be summer without a carnival,especially one held on home turf and supported by the community.
Pasadena's carnival starts next week when the annual do sponsored by Riviera Beach Volunteer Fire Company 13, returns for a six-day run starting Monday evening at the fire station grounds on Fort Smallwood Road, next to McDonald's.
Carnival hours are 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Returning by popular demand are Ride-All-Night-for-One evenings. You can treat the whole family to an evening of fun and memories without blowing the budget. Ride any or all of the kiddie or adult rides as many times as you want on Tuesday,Wednesday or Thursday for one price. For real penny-pinchers,free $2 discount coupons,good on those evenings,are available from local merchants and at area fast-food restaurants.
If amusement rides aren't exactly what you're looking for, the midway is filled with familiar games at which you can try your luck and test your skill, such as the plant, vegetable and money wheels, and the dunking booth and goldfish pitch.
New prizes this year are watermelons, sports T-shirts and hats, carnival chairman John Richter said. On Wednesday evening, Barney, the pre-schooler's purple hero, will roam the grounds handing out lollipops and taking pictures with the kids.
All that excitement is bound to make you hungry, and Company 13 will offer plenty of food to sate your appetites. There will be stands featuring pit beef, hot dogs, pizza, crab cakes, pretzels, boardwalk-style fries, funnel cakes, sodas and cotton candy.
Just in case Lady Luck does not smile on you somewhere along the midway,you can still console yourself (and rest your weary bones) in the air-conditioned hall above the firehouse while playing a few games of bingo.
Volunteers also will sell raffle tickets for a large basket of vegetables and a cash prize.
* The annual Firemen's Parade is planned for 6 p.m. July 24. In addition to fire equipment from all over the state, the parade will feature bands, majorettes,and drum and bugle corps competing for awards.
Make plans to stop by next week with the family. Have some fun and give a little bit back to those volunteers that add so much to our community.
For more details or directions,call 255-3636.
Not one, but two car-wash fund-raisers are on the schedule in the Pasadena area tomorrow.
Pasadena United Methodist Church, 61 Ritchie Highway,is sponsoring its car wash from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow in the church parking lot.
Proceeds will benefit the youth campership program for summer music camp.
Chesapeake High School Band Boosters will wash cars from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Safeway store in Lake Shore Plaza tomorrow.
Proceeds will benefit students in the school's instrumental music program.
The Chesterfield Homeowners Association is sponsoring a community picnic from noon to 8 p.m. July 31 at the Crystal Palace Pool.
Hamburgers,hot dogs, sodas and beer will be served until 6 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 9 to 16, and $2 for youngsters ages 3 to 8. Children ages 2 and younger can eat for free.
Children ages 12 and younger must be accompanied by a paying adult. The rain date for the event is Aug. 1.
To order tickets, call 437-9635 or 437-1218.
They're off and crawling tomorrow at the annual Riviera Beach turtle derby at the Riviera Beach library on Duvall Highway. Rain date is July 31.
Heats will begin at 10 a.m. on the library parking lot.
You can register your trusty reptile at the information desk.
For more details, call 222-6285.