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Central Carroll: Horse Fair Tack Sale coming to Agriculture Center; bingo and more bingo

Lois Szymanski
Contact ReporterCentral Carroll Neighborhoods

Do you have the horse bug, or do you have a friend who has it bad? Come visit the 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program of Carroll County’s annual Horse Fair Tack Sale on Sunday, March 24, inside the Shipley Arena at the Carroll County Agriculture Center.

Shop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for all sorts of horse-related items. Purchase gifts for others, or for yourself and your horse or pony, at this huge tack sale. Look for Breyer models, horse books, buckets, treats, grooming tools, new and used tack, equipment, clothes, and supplies. The sale comes just in time for spring riding. There’s no entry fee to shop and you’ll find everything horse inside the double doors of the Shipley Arena.

In addition to vendor sales, horse owners can schedule their horse shots and Coggins tests, and have them done on the trailer. Scott said at least 60 to 70 horses come through annually. Make a reservation now to bring your horses and have their shots done on the trailer. Contact Mary at mstheretreat99@gmail.com or call her at 443-465-7809.

“Horses can be vetted for a lot less without paying for a field call,” Scott said of the shots clinic. “But you must have a scheduled time. No one is allowed to just show up.

Look for lunch while you are there. High Ridge 4-H Club will have soups, sandwiches, breakfast and snack items on sale as well as beverages and dessert items.

“High Ridge 4-H Club runs the food booth and they always do a great job,” she said. “They donate all the food sale proceeds to the therapeutic riding program. In turn, we give the 4-H Club a block of spaces for members.”

Scott said that while at the fair visitors can learn more about the 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program at their booth. Volunteers are needed evenings for the TRP program, Monday through Thursdays. To learn more, email the volunteer coordinator at Louise4htrp@comcast.net.

If you are a vendor with horsey items, you still have time to grab a space! The cost for a 10-by-20-foot space is $40 for the first space and $30 for each additional space.

For more information or to reserve a space email trphorsefair@gmail.com.

Change Bingo

Change Inc. will hold its 22nd annual Designer Bag and Basket Bingo on Friday, March 22 at the Pleasant Valley fire company. Come out and have fun while helping someone in need.

Change’s marketing, communications and events coordinator, Hannah Boudreau, said the basket and bag prizes will be filled with lots of goodies. Featured bag designers include Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Jones New York, Steve Madden, Thirty-One, and more, plus Longaberger baskets and other baskets and paneled boxes.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with bingo beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $20 and include 20 games of regular bingo. Look for specials and raffles, too! Extra game packets are available for $5 each.

“We have four jackpot games and three raffles, plus a 50/50 raffle,” Boudreau said. “We also have instant bingo tickets. They are a peel back ticket with [cash] prizes and the cost is two for $1”

Boudreau said each special features a different designer bag, with special tickets costing $2 each.

“My favorite is a Michael Koors wallet we are calling ‘Gift Card Galore,’ ” Boudreau said. “It will have four to five gift cards in the wallet.”

Raffle tickets will cost $2 each or three for $5. Boudreau said they will have three raffles. One is their Cozy Weekend Get-Away bag, featuring a Vera Bradley duffle bag filled with a blanket, a water bottle, traveling supplies, crossword puzzles and more.

Attendees will find plenty to eat at the bingo, with hot dogs, sloppy joe sandwiches, tuna sandwiches (because it is on a Friday) plus veggie trays, nachos, chips, desserts, and other snacks and beverages.

“For the past two years our bingo has sold out,” Boudreau said. “All of the profits from this event benefit the people we work with at Change. It’s not only a good time with awesome prizes but all of it goes directly to the people of Change.”

Change Inc. provides person-centered programs and services to individuals with disabilities. Boudreau said the nonprofit works with people to help them become a part of their community, achieving integration through employment and community activities.

To purchase tickets visit them online at www.changeinc.cc/bingo or contact Hannah at hannah.boudreau@changeinc.cc or 410-871-4955.

More Bingo!

If you like bingo, here is another opportunity to play. The Deer Park Lions will host a cash and Longaberger basket bingo on Saturday, March 23, inside the Gamber fire company social hall.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and bingo starts at 7 p.m. Advance tickets cost $15, or pay $18 at the door.

Bingo chairperson Dave Hopkins said game tickets include 20 regular games. Extra can packets can be purchased, as well as tickets to special games and raffles.

“We have a senior jackpot and a junior jackpot plus two raffle baskets. They will be stuffed with all sorts of items,” Hopkins said.

Look for pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, vegetable trays, crab soup, nacho chips with cheese, desserts like cookies and cake, plus snacks and beverages for sale at this event, with all proceeds benefiting Deer Park Lions Club and their many outreach projects.

“We support Carroll County Food Sunday and several other nonprofit organizations like IMA, Meals on Wheels, the Lions Club International Fund, Leader Dogs for the Blind, the Diabetes Association and Camp Merrick for kids with diabetes, plus other needs within the community,” Hopkins said. “We usually have a pretty healthy turnout for the bingo.”

For tickets or more information, contact Dave at 443-257-5882 or davrhopkins@gmail.com.

Lois Szymanski covers Finksburg, Gamber, Pleasant Valley, Reese, Sandymount, Silver Run, Smallwood, Union Mills and Westminster. To contact her call 443-293-7811 or email loisszymanski@hotmail.com.

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