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Carnival season in Carroll County: What you need to know

As the weather warms, so does the event schedule in Carroll County — especially with fire company carnivals.

From late May to mid-August, towns and cities across the county fill their summer weeks with the smell of funnel cakes, rides, raffles and music at the various fire company carnival grounds.

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The carnival season this year starts in Gamber on Friday and is scheduled to end in Hampstead on Aug. 12.

Gamber

When: Friday, May 24 through Saturday, June 1 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: 3838 Niner Road

Highlights: There will be three raffles: the major raffle, the fire company raffle and the auxiliary raffle. The major raffle will have a first-place prize of $7,500, a second-place prize of $1,500, a third-place prize of $500, and fourth- and fifth-place prizes of $250. The fire company raffle’s first-place winner will get a half side of beef, cut and wrapped to order, and second place will get a $200 gift card to Martin’s grocery store. The auxiliary raffle first-place prize is a 55-inch LG/UHD TV, second place is a Samsung Galaxy Tab A, third place is a crab feast for 25 people and fourth place is an afghan.

Entertainment: May 24: Rich and the Roadrunners; May 25: Bootleg; May 26: Midnight Run; May 27: Fireworks display with music by Full Effect; May 28: Twenty Dollar Prophets; May 30: Salem Bottom Boys; May 31: ForePlay; June 1: Surreal.

Note: The carnival will be closed May 29.

Union Bridge

When: Monday, May 27 through Saturday, June 1 starting at 6 p.m.

Where: 8 W. Locust St.

Highlights: There will be a silent auction all week with available prizes including antiques, collectibles, handcrafted items, overnight stays, golf, baseball tickets, Skyzone addition, carriage rides and more. There will also be cash drawings — first place gets $2,500, second place gets $1,000 and third place gets $500. There will also be platters featuring fried chicken, fried ham sandwiches, hot dogs, funnel cakes, fried Oreos, pit beef and more.

Entertainment: May 27: Hurricane Productions; May 28: Boot Leg; May 29: Fireman’s Parade at 7 p.m. sharp; May 30: Dixie Wind Band; May 31: Brick Yard Road Band; June 1: 4 Warned Band.

New Windsor

When: Monday, June 3 through Saturday, June 8 starting at 5:30 p.m. daily.

Where: 101 High St.

Highlights: There will be a parade Wednesday, June 5 at 7 p.m. There will be a seafood, gift card and produce raffle. The prizes include a bushel of steamed crabs, five pounds of steamed shrimp, five pounds of snow crab legs, a $50 gift card to Frankie’s Bar and Grill, and a produce bundle from Local Homestead productions. There will also be a cash drawing — first place gets $4,000, second place gets $1,000, third place gets $500 and fourth through eighth places get $100.

Entertainment: June 3: Fire prevention contest in the New Windsor station; June 4: Mobile Music Machine; June 5: DJ Jamin’ Jason; June 6: Carroll County Ramblers; June 7: Bootleg; June 8: High Voltage.

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Taneytown

When: Monday, June 10 through Saturday, June 15

Where: 49 Memorial Drive

Highlights: Saturday there will be a big cash drawing — the first-prize winner will get $2,000. They will also serve platters featuring food such as chicken sandwiches, fish, crabcakes, meatloaf, roast beef sandwiches and more.

Entertainment: June 10: Bootleg; June 11: Dixie Wind Band; June 12: Silver Eagle; June 13: Half Serious Band; June 14: Different Sisters; June 15: Borderline.

Sykesville-Freedom

When: Saturday, June 15 through Saturday, June 22 starting at 6 p.m. daily.

Where: 6880 Sykesville Road

Highlights: On Father’s Day, dads ride free, and there will be fireworks display on Friday. Tuesday through Thursday, wristbands will be $20 and $25 the other days.

Entertainment: June 15: Cruise; June 16: DJ Colin Clark; June 17: Gravy; June 18: 20 Dollar Profit; June 19: Full Effect; June 20: Midnight Run; June 21: Doug Lester Band; June 22: Problem Child.

Harney

When: Monday, June 24 through Saturday, June 29 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Where: 5130 Harney Road

Highlights: There will be outside food stands, inflatable rides, money drawings and nightly bingo all week.

Entertainment: June 24: Hanover Express; June 25: Half Serious; June 26: Boderline; June 27: Big Wheely and the White Walls; June 28: Silver Eagle Band; June 29: Dixie Wind Band.

Manchester

When: Saturday, July 1 through Thursday, July 6 from 6 to 11 p.m.

Where: 3297 York St.

Highlights: Platters will be served nightly. Kids can take advantage of ride-all-night wrist bands for $20 each. There will also be rides, games, gun jars, money wheel, dime pinch, a big money raffle and more.

Entertainment: July 1: Elly Cook and Drew Cooks’ band Lyve Bayte; July 2: Josh Christina; July 3: The Cruisers; July 4: Bootleg; July 5: Rich & the Roadrunners with Elvis; July 6: Dixie Wind Band.

Winfield

When: Monday, July 8 through Saturday, July 13, starting at 4 p.m. daily.

Where: 1320 W. Old Liberty Road

Highlights: There will be raffles, buffet dinners served nightly from 4 to 7, rides, fireworks and music.

Entertainment: July 8: The Mahoney Brothers; July 9: Red Dirt Revolution; July 10: The Dixie Wind Band; July 11: Half Serious; July 12: Dean Crawford & Dunn’s River Band; July 13: Bootleg.

Reese

When: Monday, July 15 through Saturday, July 20 from 5 to 11 p.m.

Where: 1745 Baltimore Blvd.

Highlights: There will be glass pitch, gun jar, bingo, instant bingo, big nine wheel, big six wheel, candy wheel, raffles and more.

Entertainment: July 15: Jay Henley & the Stone Broke Band; July 16: Half Serious; July 17: EverRise; July 18: Eclipse; July 19: Dean Crawford & the Dunn River Band; July 20: Salem Bottom Boys.

Mount Airy

When: Monday, July 22 through Saturday, July 27

Where: 1008 Twin Arch Road

Highlights: Rides, cash raffle and beer garden.

Entertainment: July 22: Chad Reinert; July 23: Southern Charm; July 24: Dean Crawford & The Dunns River Band; July 25: Twenty Dollar Prophet; July 26: The Rock and Roll Relics; July 27: The Amish Outlaws.

Hampstead

When: Monday, Aug. 12 through Saturday, Aug. 17, starting at 6 p.m.

Where: 1341 N. Main St.

Highlights: There will be games, raffles and rides and food platters featuring roast beef, chicken and shrimp.

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Entertainment: Aug. 12: Josh & Good Old Stuff with Josh Christina; Aug. 13: Iron Ridge; Aug. 16: Bootleg; Aug. 17: Dean Crawford & The Dunn’s River Band.

Note: Aug. 14 and 15 music dates will be announced later.

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