Talent on parade at carnival SOUTHWEST -- Mount Airy * Woodbine * Taylorsville * Winfield


July 23, 1993|By KATHY SUTPHIN

From 4-H clubs to Boy Scout troops, members of area groups are investing time, talents and tidbits from their treasuries to create entries in the annual Mount Airy Firemen's Parade on Thursday.

From "Best Appearing Fire Company with Queen in County" to four places for "Best Appearing Float," groups from near and far will compete for trophies or cash prizes in 25 categories.

Eleven categories target equipment, shined to perfection, entered by neighboring fire departments. Parade chairman Thomas Kipe said he expects fire companies from Taneytown to Prince George's County to participate in the 1993 event.

This will be the third year that the Mount Airy Clovers 4-H Club has entered a float, said leader Ellen Bonde. "One of the main reasons is to let the community know the club is here in the town and that it is a strong club of interested families," she said.

Creating a float is just one of the many projects performed by 4-H members to teach leadership and organizational skills, noted Mrs. Bonde. One of the motivating factors is the prize money that can be used for community service projects.

Team spirit at Marie's Day Care extends to participation in the Firemen's Parade, said Marie Sanbower, a Mount Airy day care provider. "This will be the fifth year," she said. "The kids really enjoy it."

This year the children will wear red shirts and white shorts, said Mrs. Sanbower. "Our theme will be Christmas in July," she added.

Parade participants must line up by 6:45 p.m. on North Main Street near the new fire station for the gala event that begins at 7 p.m. "sharp," said Mr. Kipe.

The parade route extends down Main Street to Park Avenue and travels across Route 27 to end at the carnival grounds on Twin Arch Road. Long-time Mount Airy Fire Company volunteer Oscar Baker will serve as master of ceremonies for the event.

This event traditionally captures the interest of hundreds of spectators, who line the route with lawn chairs to watch the parade in comfort. The practice of throwing pieces of wrapped candy by some contestants keeps children on the sidelines ready to pounce on the airborne treats.

The parade usually lasts about 1 1/2 hours, depending on the number of entrants, said Mr. Kipe.

Float winners will be announced later in the evening at the fire company.


The parade is just one of many events featured during the Mount Airy Firemen's Carnival, which will be held Monday through July 31. A Big Country Auction will be held at Firemen's Park at 10 a.m. tomorrow as a prelude to the carnival.

The Miss Mount Airy Fire Prevention Contest will be held Monday evening. Ride-all-nights for an $8 fee will be held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. (Discount coupons, worth $2 each on the ride-all-nights, have been available locally.)

The roster of free on-stage entertainment includes: Nancy Wiles Band on Monday; On the Border on Tuesday; Young Guns on Wednesday; Rick Holley and Friends on Thursday; and the show band Challengers on Friday and Saturday.

Delectable favorites, including crab cakes, pit beef, country ham, pizza, funnel cakes and french fries will be featured at the carnival. Buffet dinners in the air-conditioned hall will be served every evening beginning at 5 p.m.

The carnival is a major fund-raiser of the Mount Airy Fire Company.


Faith Durgin, South Carroll's gourmet cooking instructor, had a front-row seat as a judge in the Waiters' Race on Sunday at the Millfest Heritage Festival in Ellicott City.

The race was a mini-skill olympics for "waitpersons", who were required to complete a course down Main Street while pouring and adding water-filled glasses to their trays. It was more than just a test of speed; the water in each tray of glasses was weighed at the end to determine how much liquid was lost.

Some 20 "waitpersons" competed in the race, which has been held as a part of Ellicott City's Millfest for the past six years, said Mrs. Durgin.

Baltimore television personality Bob Turk, who served as master of ceremonies, announced Cathy Gugliotta as the winner.

"She finished second to last, but she weighed in with 5 pounds of water in plastic champagne glasses," more than the other contestants, said Mrs. Durgin.

Ms. Gugliotta and second-place finisher Rosemarie Calage work Il Giardino Restaurant in Ellicott City. Ms. Gugliotta won $250, and $100 went to Ms. Calage.

Mrs. Durgin, who also works as a travel agent at Gateway Travel in Ellicott City, is planning a Celebrity Cruise to the Western Caribbean in April of 1994 with Bob Turk. The sea journey will include weather seminars, parties and autograph sessions.

Mrs. Durgin's Faith in Cooking students will receive brochures about the seven-night cruise on the new Norwegian Cruise Line ship Dreamward. Costs for the April 10 cruise begin at $1,145 per person, including air transportation from Baltimore, all meals, entertainment and transfers. The trip is open to the public.

For information, call Mrs. Durgin at 795-3978.

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