Carnival season heats up summer

Fund-raising: Fire department carnivals kick off this holiday week and continue through August.

May 28, 2000|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

If it's Memorial Day, it must be carnival season, at least in Carroll County, where fire companies offer rides, food, games, music, raffles and other activities.

The Gamber and Union Bridge fire companies open the season tomorrow with their annual six-day event. Nine more carnivals follow, one each week in June and July, with Hampstead winding up the season in mid-August.

In keeping with the Monday holiday, Union Bridge Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post 8806 offers a Memorial Day service at 7 p.m. tomorrow, just across from the carnival grounds, as part of opening day.

Carnival concerts at Union Bridge feature: Dixie Rebels tomorrow, No Alibi on Tuesday, Roll the Dice on Thursday, Southern Horizon on Friday, and Bob Plunkert & Real Country on Saturday. Wednesday is the firemen's parade at 7 p.m. through town to the carnival grounds behind the firehouse on West Locust Street.

Union Bridge serves lunches 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and buffet dinners from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Ride nights are Tuesday and Thursday. The midway opens at 7 p.m. daily. Information: 410-775-7742.

Gamber opens its carnival with music by Bob Plunkert & Real Country and a gigantic fireworks display. Concerts the rest of the week are: Stillwater on Tuesday, Ashley Marie & Silver Run on Wednesday, No Alibi on Thursday, Jay Henley and the Stone Broke Band on Friday and Branded on Saturday.

Discounted ride nights are Tuesday and Thursday. Food booths open and platters are served starting at 6 p.m., and rides and games open at 7 p.m. daily. The carnival is behind the firehouse on Route 32 at Niner Road. Information: 410-795-3445.

This year will bring two changes in the carnival line-up. Taneytown will not have a parade this year. And for the first time in 51 years, Reese's carnival will be held July 17-22 instead of the last full week of July. Mount Airy's will be the only carnival July 24-29.

"It's getting harder and harder to get a permit form the state to close the road for the parade," said Mike Clapsaddle, president of Taneytown Volunteer Fire Company. "So we're going to try not having a parade this year and see what happens."

Reese had to change its carnival dates to get Jolly Shows rides back after changing to another ride company last year, said Bob Alexander, a member of Reese & Community Volunteer Fire Company who handles the money office during carnival week.

"For 50 years, we've always held the carnival the same week," Alexander said. "We couldn't get Jolly last year, so we changed our dates to get them back."

One addition to Mount Airy's carnival this year will be fireworks.

The rest of the 2000 summer carnival schedule is:

June 5-10: New Windsor, Atlee Avenue. Lunch is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner platters at 4 p.m., rides and games open at 6 p.m., a parade is at 7 p.m. June 7. Information: 410-635-6373.

June 12-17: Taneytown, Memorial Park, Route 140. Dinner is at 4 p.m., games and rides open at 7 p.m. Information: 410-756-6253.

June 19-24: Sykesville, Route 32 and Freedom Avenue. Dinner is at 6 p.m., games and rides open at 7 p.m. Information: 410-795-8021.

June 26-July 1: Harney, Harney Road. Dinner is at 4:30 p.m., rides and games open at 7:30 p.m. Information: 410-756-6464.

July 3-8: Manchester, York Street. Dinner is at 4 p.m., rides and games open at 7 p.m. A firemen's parade is at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Information: 410-239-2286.

July 10-15: Winfield, 1320 W. Old Liberty Road. Dinner is at 5 p.m., rides and games open at 7 p.m., a fire-prevention queen contest is July 10, a parade is at 7 p.m. July 11, and fireworks are July 14. Information: 410-795-1333.

July 17-22: Reese, Route 140. Rides and games open at 7 p.m. Information: 410-848-7172.

July 24-29: Mount Airy, Route 27 and Twin Arch Road. Dinners are served at 5 p.m. daily, rides and games open at 7 p.m., a parade is at 7 p.m. Thursday. Information: 301-829-0100.

Aug. 14-19: Hampstead, 1341 N. Main St. Dinner is at 6 p.m., rides and games open at 7 p.m., a fire prevention queen contest is Aug. 15 and parade at 7 p.m. Aug. 16. Information: 410-239-4280.

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