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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.