Cotton candy, fries, rides: It's carnival time again Volunteer fire companies bring on the August fun

July 07, 1996|By S. Mitra Kalita | S. Mitra Kalita,SUN STAFF

When you see those bright lights, hear the loud screams coming from rides and savor that unmistakable aroma of cotton candy, french fries and hot dogs, you know it must be carnival season in Anne Arundel County.

Many volunteer fire companies -- Odenton, Riviera Beach and Woodland Beach, for example -- already have had carnivals, while Deale and Earleigh Heights hold theirs this month. And an 88-year-old institution -- the Big Glen Burnie Carnival -- returns at the end of the month.

The Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Department carnival opens today and runs through Saturday. The rides will operate from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. today through Thursday and until midnight Friday and Saturday. The expected crowd of 5,000 can sample funnel cakes, cotton candy, hot dogs and ice cream, said Bob Ganz Jr., the fire company's president. The carnival will include more than 20 rides and games with prizes.

Carnival patrons can ride all night through Thursday for $10.

The carnival will be held at the fire station at Route 2 and Magothy Road.

Information: 647-3119.

Carnival in Deale July 22-27 to include a parade

The Deale Volunteer Fire Department trucks will flash their lights and sound their sirens for a community parade sponsored during its weeklong carnival, July 22 to July 27.

The six-day run includes the parade of local floats, fire engines and ambulances July 24.

The festivities begin each evening at 7 p.m. and end at 10 p.m., except for Friday and Saturday when the carnival closes at 11 p.m.

Deale Fire Lt. Leonard King says the crowd can expect a "local flavor of home-cooked food, rides and games -- even true crab cakes."

On Tuesday and Thursday, patrons can ride all night for one price.

The carnival will be held on the grounds of the Deale Volunteer Fire Department on Drum Point Road. For more information, call 222-8242.

Big Glen Burnie Carnival to run July 26 to Aug. 3

A summer tradition since 1908 returns July 26. The Big Glen Burnie Carnival will run through Aug. 3.

The event is the largest volunteer-run carnival on the East Coast, said Joe Corcoran, president of the Glen Burnie Improvement Association, which sponsors the carnival.

More than 1,500 volunteers help run the rides, games, pony rides and vendor booths, he said.

Thousands return year after year for the activities. Corcoran estimated a crowd of 8,000 to 10,000 each night.

"This is a family-run thing, with all proceeds going back into the community," Corcoran said. "We have generations that come back every year."

The carnival will be held on the Glen Burnie Improvement Association grounds on Crain Highway at Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard.

For more information, call 766-6760.

Pub Date: 7/06/96

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