Chrissy Hopple, new Miss Winfield, talks to 30 children


July 17, 1998|By Donna Abel | Donna Abel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE WINFIELD Community Volunteer Fire Department has selected a new Miss Winfield to serve as the department's fire prevention queen.

Chrissy Hopple, 16, a Winfield resident and a junior at South Carroll High School, became the Winfield queen July 6.

As the Winfield fire queen, Chrissy's duties will include visiting schools during Fire Prevention Week, representing Winfield in area parades and attending fire-prevention-theme birthday parties at the Winfield fire department.

One day after becoming queen, Chrissy talked to more than 30 children from a local day care facility who toured the firehouse.

"I didn't think everything would happen so fast, but it's been a lot of fun," Chrissy said. "I like kids, and I really like doing this."

Her involvement with the Winfield fire department began when she was 12 years old. She joined the Junior Fire Company, and when she turned 16, she enrolled in the emergency medical technician training program.

She has completed the program and is a registered basic emergency medical technician at Winfield. She also serves on the Junior Advisory Committee at Winfield.

As Miss Winfield, Chrissy qualifies to compete in the Miss Carroll County competition this fall. Winners of the Carroll County fire queen contest can go on to compete in the Maryland competition in June 1999.

Mount Airy carnival

Preparations are in swing for the 71st annual Mount Airy Volunteer Firemen's Carnival.

The carnival begins Monday and continues through July 25 at the Mount Airy carnival grounds at Twin Arch Road and Route 27.

As the fire company's largest fund-raising event of the year, the carnival offers food, rides and games, including ride-all-night for one price July 20 to 22.

Musical bands will entertain audiences at 7: 15 p.m. daily with hits from the 1950s and '60s, as well as country, gospel and other types of music.

A $6,000 cash giveaway is planned, as well as a raffle to benefit the Mount Airy Junior Fire Company.

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the floats, marching bands and antique vehicles in the firemen's parade at 7 p.m. Thursday. The parade will begin at the Mount Airy fire station at 702 N. Main St. and end at the carnival grounds.

Buffet dinners will be served by the fire company's auxiliary in the carnival grounds' activities building at 5 p.m. daily. The firemen will serve an array of sandwiches, side dishes and desserts throughout the carnival grounds.

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

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

Library story-time fun

The Mount Airy branch of the Carroll County Public Library will have story time for children ages 3 to 8 from July 21 to 24.

"Stories With Curious George" will run from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Children can enjoy a live reading of the adventures of the curious monkey and meet Curious George.

Maria Herrick, children's services supervisor at the Mount Airy branch, said the Curious George story times are "a lot of fun for the children. They get to meet Curious George in person, and they can purchase books in conjunction with the Book Fair held from July 21 to July 23."

Funds received from the Book Fair will go the Carroll County Public Library's children's services department to help provide programs for youngsters.

"Fractured Fairy Tales," for children who have completed kindergarten through third grade, will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 24.

The updated fairy tales add creative twists to traditional stories.

Information: 410-795-1010 or 301-829-5290.

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

Pub Date: 7/17/98

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