Mount Airy volunteer firefighters ready for carnival


July 03, 1998|By Donna Abel | Donna Abel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MARK YOUR calendar for the 71st annual Mount Airy Volunteer Firemen's Carnival to be held July 20-25 at the Mount Airy carnival grounds at Twin Arch Road and Route 27.

Ricky Baker, past president of Mount Airy Fire Company, is the chairman of the carnival committee this year. Bill Lawton, first vice president of the fire company, is co-chairman.

This is the largest fund-raising event of the year for the fire company and promises excitement for the whole family, with food, live entertainment, rides and games, including ride-all-night for one price from July 20-22, a $6,000 cash giveaway, the Mount Airy Junior Fire Company raffle, and the Firemen's Parade at 7 p.m. July 23.

The fire company auxiliary will serve buffet dinners every evening from 5 p.m. in the air-conditioned activities building on the carnival grounds.

Other fire company-operated stands will offer hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, french fries, sodas, funnel cakes, pit beef and other treats.

Live entertainment begins each evening at 7: 15 p.m. and features The Vandells (1950s and 1960s), Radio City (music variety), Black Jack (country), Red Hot Country, Allen Brown and the Wishing Wells and The Knight Brothers (top 40 and gospel).

The carnival grounds open daily at 6 p.m., and rides open at 7 p.m.

Information: 301-829-0100 or 410-795-8055.

Fire Prevention Queen

Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company is seeking a Fire Prevention Queen for its 1998 contest. Candidates must be between ages 16 and 21 as of Sept. 30 and live within the company's first-due response area.

Miss Mount Airy Fire Prevention will represent Mount Airy in the Carroll County Fire Prevention Queen contest in the fall. Winners of the Carroll County contest can compete in the Maryland Fire Prevention Queen contest in Ocean City in June.

The duties of the fire prevention queen will include participating in parades and making appearances at school and community events.

Debbie Gartrell, emergency medical technician and firefighter, and Gene Mellin, first assistant chief, are co-chairing the fire prevention committee.

According to Gartrell, the most important aspect of being a fire prevention queen is "spreading the word of fire prevention throughout the community and serving as a role model for young people in schools and day care."

Gartrell has been involved with fire prevention for several years. This is her first year with Mount Airy's fire prevention program.

Judging interviews will be held at 7 p.m. July 20 at the fire company, 702 N. Main St. Candidates are judged on appearance, poise, personality, speaking ability and form, and knowledge of fire prevention.

Prizes are awarded to the queen and the first and second runners-up. Application packets may be picked up at Mount Airy Fire Company and must be turned in no later than July 11.

Information: Debbie Gartrell, 301-829-0100, 301-831-7454 or 410-795-8055.

Legion delegates

American Legion Gold Star Post 191 in Mount Airy chose 16 young men last month to serve as delegates for the 1998 American Legion Boys State Program.

Boys State is a leadership action program in which qualified high school juniors take part in a practical government course designed to impart a working knowledge of the structure of government and to develop civic leadership skills.

Students selected were Barry Collier, Ryan Covahey, Scott Lazzaro, Brian Perkins, Joseph Sciver, Steven Sigsbury, Joseph Zagorski, William Dahl, David Lubitz, Vance Petiella, Jeffrey Pringle, Jason Shipley, Tony D'Amato Jr., Jeffery Hynes, Matthew Jones, and Joseph Stevens.

Merit and ability are the basis for selection of the delegates.

Players auditions

Mount Airy Players will hold open auditions for "The Diary of Adam and Eve" from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at St. James Episcopal Church, 204 N. Main St., Mount Airy. This one-act comedy is adapted from Mark Twain's tongue-in-cheek view of the first man and woman.

Three roles are available: one man, one woman, and one role for either a man or woman. Show dates are Sept. 11-13 and Sept. 18-20.

Information: 410-848-1731.

Donna Abel's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday the Carroll County edition of the Sun.

Pub Date: 7/03/98

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