SUMMER wouldn't be complete without a carnival. With rides, bingo, live music, and of course, sticky caramel apples and cotton candy, carnivals offer something for everyone, young and old.
It seems as if the whole community turns out for at least one evening at the local carnival. It's kind of the thing to do during the dog days of summer, and a perfect chance to run into friends you haven't seen since hot weather set in.
Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual Firemen's Carnival Monday through July 27 at the Fire Company Carnival grounds, Route 27 and Twin Arch Road, Mount Airy.
This is the 69th year that the Fire Department has sponsored a carnival, and the event promises to be better and bigger than ever.
Nightly live bands, bingo, a cash raffle, and a parade are some of the highlights.
Opening night of the carnival features the Fire Prevention Queen contest at 7 p.m., and Connie Smith live on stage direct from the Grand Ole Opry.
Country band Roll the Dice will perform Tuesday, and Maria Rose will sing country music Wednesday evening.
While adults enjoy the music by the bandstand, children can pay one low price and go on the rides all night Monday through Wednesday.
Thursday through July 27, music will be provided by Red Hot Country, the Original Countryman Show and Heartland. All shows start at 7: 15 p.m.
This year's carnival will bring a change in the Fireman's Parade. Traditionally held the Thursday of carnival week, this year the parade has been moved to 5 p.m. July 27.
Billed as the area's largest firemen's parade, the Mount Airy Fireman's Parade draws fire companies from Montgomery, Frederick, Carroll and Howard counties.
Assistant Fire Chief Gene Mellin attributes this to the small-town atmosphere of Mount Airy and the town's "true Main Street. It's a well-watched parade, with the streets lined with parade watchers all the way."
Having walked the parade route year after year, Mellin's picks for the best parade viewing points are the downtown business district's sidewalks, and along Park Avenue, near the judging stand.
As the last marching band and firetruck pass through the parade route, Mellin hopes that spectators will head to the carnival grounds for an evening of fun.
The event is the Fire Department's biggest fund-raiser of the year. All proceeds from the carnival go to fire, rescue and emergency medical services.
The carnival opens at 6 p.m. daily and 4 p.m. Saturday. A buffet dinner is served by the fire company's auxiliary each evening in the activities building, beginning at 5 p.m., and at 4 p.m. July 27.
Fire queen contest
It's still not too late for girls interested in becoming Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Department's Fire Prevention Queen to get applications in.
The deadline is tomorrow. Judging will take place at 7 p.m.
opening night of the carnival .
No prior knowledge of fire prevention is required because contestants will be supplied with information needed for the contest. All contestants must be between ages 16 and 21, and live within the company's first due response area.
The winner will receive a $100 cash prize and make official appearances at Fire Department activities, parades, open houses and at the Miss Carroll County Fire Prevention Contest and Maryland State Fire Chiefs Association Fire Prevention Queen Contest.
Her time spent in these capacities may be used toward meeting the required community service hours needed for high school graduation.
Information: Gene Mellin, (301) 829-0100.
Library book sale
Pick up summer reading material Tuesday through Thursday when the Mount Airy branch of Carroll County Public Library holds its Super Summer Scholastic Book Fair.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, the library will offer children's and young adults' paperback books for sale.
All proceeds will go to Carroll County Public Library Children's Services.
Information: 795-1010 or (301) 829-5290.
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Pub Date: 7/19/96