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Photos and stories from the 2018 Carroll County fire company carnivals.

The Hampstead Carnival Monday August 13, 2018.

The Hampstead Carnival Monday August 13, 2018.

Hampstead carnival begins, mainly the same but with some changes

The beginning of the Hampstead Fire Carnival also marks the end of carnival season in Carroll County as the town’s week of festivities is the last for summer.

Mount Airy fire company carnival

Scenes from opening night of the Mount Airy fire company carnival Monday, July 23, 2018.

Mount Airy carnival supports community and young girl slated for surgery

The Mount Airy volunteer fire company, mayor and police department took a young Mt. Airy Elementary School student to the stage Monday evening on the first night of the department’s 91st annual fire carnival.

The Reese and Community Volunteer Fire Company 2018 carnival.

The Reese and Community Volunteer Fire Company 2018 carnival.

Reese fire carnival brings back fresh fries

Although rain poured for the first 15 minutes of the Reese volunteer fire company carnival in Westminster, it did not act as a major deterrence.

Winfield fire company carnival

Images from the opening night of the Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department carnival Monday, July 9, 2018.

Winfield fire carnival brings families back time and again

Carroll County residents came to the Winfield fire carnival on Monday night for rides like the Zipper, Rok N Roll, slide and car carousel — and for chances to win stuffed animals, goldfish and lizards from the myriad game offerings.

Manchester fire company carnival

Images from the opening night of the Manchester fire company carnival Monday, July 2, 2018.

Rides and food dominate a sizzling night at the Manchester carnival

The Manchester Fireman's Carnival, the company's biggest fundraiser of the year, battled temeratures near 100 degrees Monday night,

Harney Volunteer Fire Company Carnival

The Harney Volunteer Fire Company Carnival began Monday, June 25 and will run through Saturday, June 30. It starts at 6 p.m. each night, though dinner in the dining hall begins at 4:30 p.m.

Good eating awaits at Harney Volunteer Fire Company Carnival

The Harney Volunteer Fire Company Carnival is known for a family-friendly atmosphere and a selection of top-notch carnival food.

2018 Sykesville-Freedom District fire company carnival

The Sykesville-Freedom District fire company carnival continues through Saturday, June 23.

Corn dogs, fried cookies and fundraising at the Sykesville-Freedom carnival

Sunny skies, blinking ride lights, pit beef smoke and a man blowing as many bubbles as he can over the heads of festival-goers, all these things and more were on hand Tuesday evening to entice people to the Sykesville-Freedom volunteer fire company’s carnival.

Taneytown fire company carnival

Images from the Taneytown fire company carnival Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

A sunny day for a carnival in Taneytown

The weather was just about perfect at the annual Taneytown volunteer fire company carnival Tuesday evening — bright sun and in the upper 70s, with just enough breeze to waft those carnival aromas of sweet fried starches and smoked and salty meats — and everybody knew it.

2018 New Windsor carnival

The 2018 New Windsor Volunteer Fire Company Carnival on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

Miss Fire Prevention program going strong at New Windsor carnival

A swirling grey soup of a sky and wet asphalt couldn’t dampen the turnout Tuesday night at the New Windsor volunteer fire company carnival.

Union Bridge fire company carnival

Images from the Union Bridge fire company carnival Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

Food, rides and more food at the Union Bridge Fireman's Carnival

About a dozen people had set up their folding chairs in anticipation of the coming set by the River Bend Band, the twanging harmonies of a sound checking pedal steel guitar filled the air, mingling with the smell of pit beef.

Gamber fire company carnival

The Gamber and Community Fire Company's carnival opened May 26 and runs through June 2.

Gamber and Community Fire Company hosts 52nd annual carnival, kicks off the season

By Memorial Day, the Gamber and Community Fire Company’s carnival was already in full swing. With rides like the classic Ferris wheel, Sizzler, Super Slide and Tornado — and games like the dime pitch, ring-a-bottle, and the plant wheel — the grounds were full of local residents.

Carroll County fire company carnivals 2018

Carnival season runs from late May through mid August in Carroll as 11 of the county's fire companies hold carnivals to raise funds, most featuring a daily dose of a good food, numerous rides for kids of all ages, games and musical entertainment. Click through the gallery to see dates for each carnival.

A guide to Carroll County's 2018 fire company carnival season

Your guide to the 2018 Carroll County fire company carnivals.

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