Glen Burnie's carnival revenue down $33,000 Community group may slash budget GLEN BURNIE

September 15, 1993|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Staff Writer

The Big Glen Burnie Carnival raised $91,384.87 this summer, $33,000 less than expected. It is a figure officials say could cut into next year's Glen Burnie Improvement Association budget.

"We may have to scale back on our contributions," said GBIA President Muriel G. Carter.

"There will have to be some serious looking at what can be done," agreed GBIA Treasurer Donald Gibson, who noted that interest rates are down as well.

The organization donated $29,400 to community organizations in and planned to give about $32,400 this year.

Profits from the carnival are the backbone of the civic group's annual budget; the rest comes from investments. The current year's budget is $185,000 -- $124,691 of it from carnival proceeds and about $15,000 over last year's. The association's budget cannot exceed its income.

"We'll get the budget together, we'll see what we have to spend and how much is left over," Mrs. Carter said. Work on the budget begins next month.

Both Mrs. Carter and Roger Little, carnival co-chairman, said they expected a smaller carnival profit this year because the organization decided to scale down the eight-day midsummer event. The GBIA decided to scrap the Saturday matinee for young children it started in 1990 and instead open the carnival two hours earlier on its two Saturdays.

But organizers hadn't planned on so much rain, especially on what has traditionally been the most profitable night of the carnival.

"Our biggest thing was Friday night, the second Friday. We opened in time to close," Mr. Little said.

It stormed that afternoon, then drizzled and rained the rest of the evening, which Mr. Little estimated cost the 1,100-member civic group $15,000 to $20,000.

Earlier that week, afternoon rain may have deterred crowds just because the ground was wet. And on the last day of the carnival, typically a big crowd-pleaser, it rained again, Mrs. Carter said.

This was the first year the carnival was run by two co-chairmen, which Mr. Little said was crucial because both he and Cindy Rios, the other co-chairman, hold jobs.

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