Fire department carnival season opens

May 27, 1994|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer

The bright lights, screams of people on fun-filled rides, smells of french fries, candy apples and cotton candy, and the sounds of music will return to Carroll County Monday as the 1994 fire department carnival season opens.

The traditional six-day carnivals are major fund-raisers for 11 of the county's 14 volunteer fire companies.

Money from rides, food sales, game booths and raffles goes toward the purchase of new equipment, which is not financed by the county.

Fun-seekers have a choice of two carnivals next week: Union Bridge, for many years the opening carnival in the county, and Gamber, which began having its event during Memorial Day week about five years ago.

"We have a pretty nice carnival," said Jerry Harris, the Union Bridge carnival committee chairman. "We have a nice VFW parade, and people say we have some of the best food around for carnival food, so we're proud of it."

Union Bridge's carnival will open with a Memorial Day parade at 6 p.m. Monday from Hahn's Transport to the VFW Union Memorial Post 8806 on Penrose Avenue, where a memorial service will be held. Maryland Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein will be the guest speaker.

The carnivals also have bands that will entertain with a variety of music each night. Union Bridge's lineup is Roll the Dice on Monday, Stillwater on Tuesday, Son of a Gun on Wednesday, On the Border on Thursday, Bootleg on Friday and Free Wheeling on Saturday.

Tuesday and Thursday are ride nights -- ride all you can from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for $7. Union Bridge also will serve lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and buffet dinners from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

"We get a pretty good turnout for lunch," Mr. Harris said. "The older people who eat out come, and Lehigh people breaking for lunch come because they know it's there that week."

The Union Bridge carnival grounds are on Locust Street. Information: 775-7422.

Gamber's carnival opens Monday and continues through Saturday at the carnival grounds beside the firehouse on Route 32 at Niner Road.

Opening night includes fireworks and all-night rides for $8. Other activities include: the Liberty High School Jazz Ensemble and rides for $7 on Tuesday, music by Dixie Highway and rides for $8 Wednesday, country music by 4 X 4 and rides for $7 Thursday, the sounds of Branded and rides for $8 Friday, and Just Us singing Saturday.

The Gamber carnival also will have raffles and platters every night. Money raised from this carnival will go toward a new pickup truck for the fire department, said Ed Kreczmer, Gamber and Community Fire Co. president. Information: 795-3445.

The carnivals open at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. and end at 11 p.m. on week nights. Some open earlier on Saturday, the final day, and close at midnight.

Other Carroll County fire department carnivals include:

NEW WINDSOR: June 6-11. Parade 7 p.m. Wednesday. New Windsor Carnival Grounds, Water Street. (410) 635-6373.

TANEYTOWN: June 13-18. Parade 7 p.m. Thursday. Taneytown Carnival Grounds, Memorial Drive near Harney Road. (410) 756-6253.

SYKESVILLE-FREEDOM: June 20-25. Sykesville-Freedom District Firemen's Park, Route 32 and Freedom Avenue. (410) 795-8021 or 795-3415.

HARNEY: June 20-25. Harney Carnival Grounds, 5130 Harney Road. (410) 756-6464.

MANCHESTER: July 4-9. Parade 6 p.m. Wednesday. Manchester Carnival Grounds, York Street. (410)374-6752.

WINFIELD: July 11-16. Parade 7 p.m. Tuesday. Winfield Carnival Grounds, 1320 W. Old Liberty Road, Route 26, next to South Carroll High School. (410) 795-1333.

MOUNT AIRY: July 25-30. Parade 7 p.m. Thursday. Mount Airy Firemen's Carnival Grounds, Route 27 and Twin Arch Road. (301) 829-1155.

REESE: July 25-30. Reese Fire Co. Carnival Grounds, 1745 Baltimore Blvd. (Route 140). (410) 848-7172.

HAMPSTEAD: August 15-20. Parade 7 p.m. Wednesday. Hampstead Carnival Grounds, 1341 Main St. (410) 374-2424.

Lineboro, Pleasant Valley and Westminster do not have carnivals.

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