Festival fun winding down in Glen Burnie

August 05, 2005|By Liz F. Kay | Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF

The Big Glen Burnie Carnival finishes its run this week at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association, 19 Crain Highway. Hours are 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. today and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow.

Organizers have no official count of the number of attendees because admission is free, but they estimate that more than 100,000 people will enjoy rides and games with their neighbors.

About 1,000 carnival volunteers operate the games as well as raffles and food concessions.

"I don't think we can get any more people on our few acres of property," said state Sen. James E. DeGrange Sr., who serves on the carnival's executive committee.

The tradition began in 1908 and has been an important part of Glen Burnie summers ever since. Dollars go a long way at this event - one buys a whirl on a kiddie ride, or a hot dog and soda. "We try to keep prices down for families," DeGrange said.

The association uses proceeds from the carnival to run its community building and to support local causes and organizations.

Parking is available across the street. For more information: 410-766-6760 or www.gbia.org

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