Fire carnival offers good times for a good cause


June 18, 1996|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FOR MANY of us, the excitement of a carnival is a fond memory from childhood. I can still recall how we begged our parents to take us to the local event each year.

Until my family moved to Carroll County nearly 25 years ago, we had never seen anything quite like the carnivals held at Carroll's volunteer fire departments.

As preteens and teens, we knew the carnival was where we would see all our friends from school. We would spend hours circling our way through the rides, midway and food concessions, happily chatting with friends in ever-changing groups.

Almost every year, at least one of us would arrive home with a prized goldfish. Mom would roll her eyes and add it to the tank in the family room with the promise that someone other than her would remember to feed these prizes.

Be sure to help your family make some fond memories this week as the Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department has its 64th carnival at the fire department grounds, Route 32 at Freedom Avenue. The carnival runs through Saturday.

This is the biggest fund-raiser of the year for our volunteer fire department. It deserves our support. These volunteers are committed to providing the community with the best-trained emergency personnel and the most reliable, up-to-date equipment we can afford.

Show your support by enjoying the wide variety of food concessions, midway games and 20 rides. The carnival opens at 7 p.m. each night. Some food stands open earlier.

A country band will be featured each evening, beginning about 8 p.m. Scheduled performers are: Bootleg, today; Southern Exposure, tomorrow; Red Hot Country, Thursday; Pure Country, Friday; and Real Country, Saturday.

Raffle tickets are available for a $5,000 cash giveaway and for two sides of beef, each weighing about 300 pounds.

Information: 795-7122 or 549-2366.

Girls softball tournament

The softball fields at Eldersburg Elementary School are fairly quiet these days. But not long ago they bustled with the activity of nearly 750 girls playing in the Freedom Optimist Girls' Softball League.

With 46 teams in three divisions, the league enjoyed strong support from 30 area businesses.

The regular season recently concluded with all-star games played in each group.

The 1996 American Softball Association state slow-pitch tournament will be held at Freedom Park on Raincliffe Road on June 22, 23 and 29. Come out and support our girls.

Football registration

It's almost time to get out those football helmets and pom-poms.

Registration for the Sykesville Raiders football and cheerleaders will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 6, 13, 20 and 27 in the Center Court of Carrolltown Center.

Boys and girls ages 6 to 13 may participate.

Fees are: football, $50 for the first player, $40 for the second and $30 for subsequent players within the same family; cheerleading, $45 for the first child, $35 for the second and $25 for subsequent participants.

Information: football, Ron Sargent 781-4182; cheerleading, Toni Smith 549-2468.

Pub Date: 6/18/96

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