Holiday marks opening of carnival season

Fund-raisers: Warm weather brings firemen's carnivals -- with rides, games, food, parades and music -- and there's one somewhere in Carroll County almost every week this summer.

May 27, 2001|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF

Memorial Day is not only the official beginning of summer. In Carroll County, it's also the opening of the firemen's carnival season.

Eleven of the county's 14 volunteer fire companies hold weeklong carnivals with rides, games, food, music and raffles.

The carnivals are the companies' largest fund-raisers, helping to pay for such things as new equipment, maintenance and fire-prevention programs.

Union Bridge and Gamber will start things off this week. Hoping for favorable weather, Gamber will offer a holiday fireworks display after dark tomorrow. Union Bridge starts its carnival with a memorial service sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post 8806 at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Here are details on the first three carnivals of the season, along with the remaining schedule:

Union Bridge Volunteer Fire Company's carnival is tomorrow through Saturday on the grounds by the firehouse on West Locust Street. Platters will be served from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily, lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Rides and games open at 7 p.m. Discount ride nights are Tuesday and Thursday.

The firemen's parade will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, beginning at Route 75 and North Main Street. The route is south on Main, right onto Broadway, left onto Whyte Street, left onto Locust Street and right onto Penrose Street, ending in front of the Union Bridge post office.

Concerts include Southern Horizon, tomorrow; Ashley Marie, Tuesday; No Alibi, Thursday; Dixie Rebels, Friday; and Bob Plunkert & Real Country, Saturday. Information: 410-775-7422.

Gamber & Community Fire Company's carnival is tomorrow through Saturday on the grounds next to the firehouse on Route 32 at Niner Road. Games, rides and food stands open at 6 p.m. daily. Platters will be served daily. Discounted rides will be offered Tuesday and Thursday nights.

Concerts will include Bob Plunkert & Real Country, tomorrow; Glenn and the Jem Stones and Frank El (Elvis show), Tuesday; Bigger, Better, Faster, More Rock and Roll, Wednesday; Big Cam and the Lifters, Thursday; Poison Whiskey, Friday; and Country Edition, Saturday. Information: 410-795-3445.

New Windsor Fire & Hose Company No. 1 will hold its carnival June 4-9 at the grounds on Atlee Avenue. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. Platters will be served in the evenings. Discount ride nights are Tuesday and Thursday. A parade begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Concerts will include Wildfire with Jennifer Rose, Monday; Dixie Rebels, Tuesday; Country Edition, Thursday; Roll the Dice, Friday; and No Alibi, Saturday. Information: 410-635-6373.

Other carnivals:

June 11-16: Taneytown, Memorial Park, Route 140. Platters are available at 4 p.m. Games and rides open at 7 p.m. Parade is Wednesday. Information: 410-756-6253.

June 18-23: Harney, 4130 Harney Road. Dinner is at 4:30 p.m. Rides and games open at 7:30 p.m. Information: 410-756-6464.

June 25-30: Sykesville, Route 32 and Freedom Avenue. Dinner is at 6 p.m. Games and rides open at 7 p.m. Information: 410-795-8021.

July 2-7: Manchester, York Street. Dinner is at 4 p.m. Rides and games open at 7 p.m. Fire prevention queen contest is Tuesday. Parade is Wednesday. Information: 410-239-2286.

July 9-14: Winfield, 1320 W. Old Liberty Road. Dinner is at 5 p.m. Rides and games open at 7 p.m. Fire prevention queen contest is Monday. Parade is Tuesday. Fireworks are Friday night. Information: 410-795-1333.

July 16-21: Reese, Route 140. Rides and games open at 7 p.m. A matinee will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Information: 410-848-7172.

July 23-28: Mount Airy, Route 27 and Twin Arch Road. Dinner is at 5 p.m. Rides and games open at 7 p.m. Fire prevention queen contest is Monday. Parade is Thursday. Information: 301-829-0100.

Aug. 13-18: Hampstead, 1341 N. Main St. Dinner at 6 p.m. Rides and games open at 7 p.m. Fire prevention queen contest is Tuesday. Parade is Wednesday. Information: 410-239-4280.

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