Annual carnival kicks off run in Reese tonight CENTRAL--Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

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July 26, 1993|By CINDY PARR

Whether you're young or old, who among us can resist the sights and sounds of the ever-popular summertime carnival?

Watching the faces of youngsters as they ride a merry-go-round or embark on a big slide is always worth the price of admission. And let's not forget their joy as they cover themselves with sticky pink cotton candy or wear the dribbles of a soft ice cream cone.

It's visions like these that keep Bob Alexander coming back to help make the Reese Volunteer Fire Company's annual carnival one of the most popular in the county.

Mr. Alexander, co-chairman of this year's carnival, has had a lot of experience in bringing the fun-filled event to fruition.

"I guess I have been doing this for 10 to 12 years," said the 58-year-old Finksburg man. "This is our biggest fund-raiser of the year, and there are a lot of good people that work together to make it happen."

Stretched over 18 acres at the fire company, food vendors, carnival rides and games entice the thousands of people who attend each year to support the carnival.

"We offer about 21 total rides, eight of which are for kids and the rest that we refer to as major rides," Mr. Alexander said. "We always seem to get a good crowd. I think that's because it's a safe place and we don't put up with any rowdiness. We want a nice event, so families can come out and enjoy themselves."

Mr. Alexander, who retired in 1988 after 30 years as a paid firefighter with Baltimore County, has served in a number of capacities during his 34-year association with the Reese Fire Company.

"I came to Reese in 1959, and since then I have held a number of positions," he said. "I have been captain, served as president of the fire company and now I am vice president. I just like being a volunteer. It gets in your blood. It's a challenge to get in there and try to make improvements."

Certainly Mr. Alexander and the many people who give their time to make the carnival a reality must know the enjoyment they bring to Carroll families each year.

And when the carnival kicks off its weeklong run tonight, Mr. Alexander will also be reaping some benefits. "I just love to watch the children, how their eyes light up and the enjoyment they have," he said.

The carnival will continue through Saturday.

Musical entertainment will highlight every evening.

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Looking for a few good books for your child or young adult? The Westminster branch of the Carroll County Public Library is holding a book fair today and tomorrow in the Dixon Room.

Today from 10 a.m. through 8 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., book lovers are invited to shop for their favorite titles.

Clifford, The Big Red Dog, will be on hand to greet young readers at 11:15 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. today and at 11:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. tomorrow.

Information: 848-4250.

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