Take your pills for motion sickness and grease up that Skee-Ball elbow, because the Carroll County volunteer fire company carnivals are back for another summer of music, rides, fair food and more. Gamber kicks off the season this Saturday, May 27 with Union Bridge following close after on Monday. Following the close of both, a different Carroll community will host a carnival each week all the way through July, with a two-week gap before Hampstead closes it off in August.
6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 27 through Saturday, June 3
3838 Niner Road, Finksburg
Fireworks are scheduled for Memorial Day, Monday, May 29 at 9 p.m. with a rain date of Tuesday, May 30. Raffles include the Major Raffle with prize money totalling $10,000; the Fire Company Raffle for a 2012 EZ-GO golf cart; Auxiliary Raffle for a three-piece patio set, crab feast and Ravens and Orioles memorabilia. Tickets for each are $2 a piece or three for $5.
The money wheel, gun jar and big six wheel will not be open on Sunday, May 28.
Saturday, May 27: Rock 'N Roll Relics
Sunday, May 28: Midnite Run
Monday, May 29: Aspen Run
Tuesday, May 30: Hickory Hills
Wednesday, May 31: Josh & Old Stuff
Thursday, June 1: Salem Bottom Boys
Friday, June 3: Rich and the Road Runners with Elvis tribute artist Joe Forrester
Saturday, June 4: Bootleg
6 to 10 p.m. Monday, May 29 through Saturday, June 3
8 W. Locust St., Union Bridge
The celebration kicks off with a Memorial Day service at the VFW Post 8806 at 6 p.m. The silent auction will be open all week. Raffles include the Firemen's Cash Drawings, with $4,000 in cash prizes; the Ladies Auxiliary with prizes including two walnut finished wooden rockers, and a Junior Firemen raffle with $200 in gift cards.
Monday, May 29: Hurricane Productions DJ. Karaoke contest from 8 to 9 p.m.
Tuesday, May 30: Bootleg
Wednesday, May 31: Firemen's Parade
Thursday, June 1: River Bend Band
Friday, June 2: Sideways Band
Saturday, June 3: Shadow Rising
5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday, June 5 through Saturday, June 10
101 High St., New Windsor
The silent auction will be held each day. In addition to the auction, organizers will host a Big Money Drawing with $6,000 in total cash prizes. The drawing will be held Saturday, June 10.
Monday, June 5: New Windsor Fire Prevention Contest
Tuesday, June 6: DJ Jammin' Jason
Wednesday, June 7: Hurricane Productions DJ
Thursday, June 8: Rivers Bend Band
Friday, June 9: Wyldefire
Saturday, June 10: Half Serious
7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday, June 12 to Saturday, June 17
49 Memorial Drive, Taneytown
Saturday, they will host a Big Cash Drawing with a $2,000 first prize. Each day, the activities building will host a silent auction from 4 to 9 p.m. The auction closes Saturday, at 8:30 p.m.
Monday, June 12: Tall in the Saddle
Tuesday, June 16: Cookin' With Fire
Wednesday, June 14: Rivers Bend Band
Thursday, June 15: Half Serious
Friday, June 16: Bootleg
Saturday, June 17: Borderline
6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 17 to Saturday, June 24
6880 Sykesville Road, Sykesville
The Sykesville-Freedom volunteer fire company will host fireworks on Friday night. There will be a special "Ride All Night" price of $20 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Saturday, June 17: Problem Child
Monday, June 19: Face Value
Tuesday, June 20: Inside Out
Wednesday, June 21: Train Wreck
Thursday, June 22: Cruise
Friday, June 23: Half Serious
Saturday, June 24: WERX
6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Monday, June 26 to Saturday, July 1
5130 Harney Road, Taneytown
This year will feature a mechanical bull for the first time. Bingo will be held each night in the dining hall, whose doors open for dinner at 4:30 p.m. each night.
Monday, June 26: TBD
Tuesday, June 27: Half Serious
Wednesday, June 28: Borderline
Thursday, June 29: Big Wheely & the White Walls
Friday, June 30: Rivers Bend Band
Saturday, July 1: Aspen Run
6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Monday, July 3 to Saturday, July 8
3399 Christmas Tree Lane, Manchester
The parade will be held Tuesday night at 7 p.m. with fireworks held on Thursday, July 7. Kitchen opens at 5 p.m. each day.
Monday, July 3: Kaleidoscope
Tuesday, July 4: Josh & Good Old Stuff
Wednesday, July 5: Wylde Fire
Thursday, July 6: Bootleg
Friday, July 7: Rich and the Road Runners with Elvis tribute artist Joe Forrester
Saturday, July 8: Rivers Bend Band
6 to 11 p.m. Monday, July 10 to Saturday, July 15
1320 W. Old Liberty Road, Sykesville
6 to 11 p.m. Monday, July 17 to Saturday, July 22
1745 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster
The event will feature a Big Money Raffle, with cash prizes of $6,500 given out on Saturday, July 22. Saturday will also open two hours early with a special 4 p.m. start time.
Thursday, July 20: Great Train Robbery
Friday, July 21: Dean Crawford and the Dunn's River Band
6 to 10 p.m. Monday, July 24 to Saturday, July 29
1008 Twin Arch, Mount Airy
The parade will be held Thursday evening at 7 p.m. with fireworks scheduled for Saturday evening. Throughout the week they will host a cash raffle with $5,000 in prizes.
Monday, July 24: The Rock and Roll Relics
Tuesday, July 25: Half Serious
Wednesday, July 26: Southern Charm Band
Thursday, July 27: Midnite Run
Friday, July 28: Allen Brown and Friends
Saturday, July 29: Debbie Williams
6 to 11 p.m. Monday, Aug 14 to Saturday, Aug. 19
1341 N. Main St., Hampstead
The Miss Fire Prevention Contest will start at 8 p.m. Tuesday, with the Big Money Drawing starting at 11:15 p.m. Saturday. Due to construction on Main Street, there will be no parade this year.
Monday, Aug. 14: Josh & Good Old Stuff
Tuesday, Aug. 15: Iron Ridge
Wednesday, Aug 16: Richie Fields
Thursday, Aug. 17: Aspen Run
Friday, Aug. 18: Bootleg
Saturday, Aug. 19: Dean Crawford & the Dunn's River Band