Season of carnivals begins

Festivals : Two fire companies' fund-raisers start tomorrow with nine more running throughout the summer.

May 26, 2002|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF

The idea of a carnival is to have fun, but the purpose behind the 11 Carroll County volunteer fire companies' carnivals is serious -- to raise much-needed money for new fire engines, ambulances and equipment.

Two fire companies -- Union Bridge and Gamber -- open the carnival season tomorrow through Saturday. The six-day carnivals are the fire companies' biggest fund-raisers, earning tens of thousands of dollars for necessities not funded by the county.

All the carnivals offer games, rides, food, raffles and musical entertainment nightly. The raffles, drawn at closing Saturday night, feature cash prizes and a variety of household items from the firefighters, auxiliary and junior fire company members.

Both of this week's carnivals celebrate Memorial Day as well.

Union Bridge Volunteer Fire Company will participate in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8806's Memorial Day service at 6 p.m. tomorrow, opening day, at the post home across from the carnival grounds on West Locust Street.

Rides, games and food booths open at 7 p.m. daily. The fire company's giant firefighters parade will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday. During the parade, there will be no parking on North Main Street and West Broadway from 5 p.m. until the parade ends.

Discounted ride-nights will be held 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Union Bridge sells lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Buffet dinners will be served from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Nightly concerts will be provided by: Dixie Rebels (country) tomorrow; Brothel Brothers (classic rock) on Tuesday; Elmer Wolfe Elementary School and New Windsor Middle School bands on Thursday; No Alibi (country rock) on Friday; and Bob Plunkert & Real Country on Saturday.

Information: 410-775-7422.

Gamber & Community Volunteer Fire Company opens its carnival with a bang -- a holiday fireworks display, weather permitting. In case of rain, the fireworks are usually held the next night.

The carnival opens at 6 p.m. daily on the firehouse grounds on Route 32 at Niner Road. Discounted ride nights will be Tuesday and Thursday. Food platters will be served at 6 p.m. daily. Music will be provided by: Mike Thomas, WQSR's Rouse & Company (oldies) tomorrow; 4X4 (country) on Tuesday; Jump Start (variety) on Wednesday; Jay Henley and the Stone Broke Band (country) on Thursday; Bob Plunkert and Real Country Band on Friday; and Big Stuff (rock) on Saturday.

Information: 410-795-3445.

The remaining carnival schedule is:

June 3 to June 8: New Windsor, Atlee Avenue. Lunch is served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner platters at 4:30 p.m. daily. Rides and games open at 6 p.m. A parade is at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Concerts will be given by Country Edition on Monday; Cry of Mercy (Christian rock) on Tuesday; Bob Plunkert & Real Country on Thursday; Sudden Change (R&B, oldies) on Friday; and Roll the Dice (oldies and country) on Saturday. Information: 410-635-6373.

June 10 to June 15: Taneytown, Memorial Park, Route 140. Dinner is served at 4 p.m. Games and rides open at 7 p.m. A parade is at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Information: 410-756-6253.

June 17 to June 22: Harney, Harney Road. Dinner is served at 4:30 p.m. Rides and games open at 7:30 p.m. Information: 410-756-6464.

June 24 to June 29: Sykesville, Route 32 and Freedom Avenue. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. Games and rides open at 7 p.m. Information: 410-795-8021.

July 1 to July 6: Manchester, York Street. Dinner is served at 4 p.m. Rides and games open at 7 p.m. Information: 410-239- 2286.

July 8 to July 13: Winfield, 1320 W. Old Liberty Road. Dinner is served at 5 p.m. Rides and games open at 7 p.m. A fire prevention queen contest is Monday. A parade is at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Fireworks are held Friday. Information: 410-795-1333.

July 15 to July 20: 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 22 to July 27: Mount Airy, Route 27 and Twin Arch Road. Dinners are served at 5 p.m. nightly. Rides and games open at 7 p.m. A parade is held at 7 p.m. Thursday. Information: 301-829-0100.

Aug. 12 to Aug. 17: Hampstead, 1341 N. Main St. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. Rides and games open at 7 p.m. A parade is held at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Information: 410-239-4280.

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