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Free carnival for children announced

Little People's Place, a private preschool in Westminster, will have its Second Annual Carnival, for children ages 2 to 6, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in its play yard.

At this free event, look for a moon bounce, play equipment, a sandbox, games, riding toys and guided tours of the preschool, if requested. Kids may also enjoy complimentary light refreshments, and board the Little People's Place Fun Bus.

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The Fun Bus transports schoolchildren and is used for field trips. Mary Burke, owner of Little People's Place, said, "The older kids didn't like to ride the bus because it said Little People's Place on it and they thought of themselves as big kids." So the bus was repainted.

"There was a very artistic homeless guy who didn't have a job," Burke said. "Our bus driver knew him personally and she asked him if he would paint our bus. We had the kids draw pictures of themselves and he painted the kids on the bus to look just like their pictures."

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For this event, Burke said, they will "put a tunnel down the lane of the bus for [children] to crawl through. We put in a balance beam, moon rocks, smooth river rocks and a slide that goes out the back of the bus." The children will be able to beep the horn, too.

Burke emphasized that this event is free. "We want kids in the neighborhood to feel included. It's like a thank-you to them ... because we have Little People's Place in their midst."

For more information, call 410-848-0834 or visit http://www.littlepeoplesplace.com.

Little People's Place is at 604 Johann Drive.

Antique fire equipment

Step back in time and see an array of antique firefighting equipment as it rolls down the streets of Westminster on Saturday.

Beginning at 9:45 a.m. the annual Antique Fire Equipment Parade will travel down Pennsylvania Avenue onto Main Street and east toward Center Street, where it will continue on to the Carroll County Farm Museum for the 43rd Annual Spring Muster and Antique Fire Equipment Show put on by the Chesapeake Antique Fire Apparatus Association.

The parade ends at the farm museum pond, where vendors and demonstrations will be set up. "It is very interesting to see all these very old pieces of equipment. They come from several states," said Dottie Freeman, superintendent at the farm museum.

"They do have some food vendors and [admission] is free," Freeman said. "Bring the children and grandchildren and see the old pumpers pump and see some demonstrations and play a bucket brigade game."

The Spring Muster and Antique Fire Equipment Show runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the farm museum, 500 S. Center St.

For more information, call 410-386-3880.


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