North Carroll: Annual Manchester fire company carnival set for July 2-7

North Carroll: Annual Manchester fire company carnival set for July 2-7
The Manchester fire company carnival parade makes its way along York Street Wednesday, July 5, 2017. This year's carnival begins Monday, July 2, and the parade is set for Tuesday, July 3. (Dylan Slagle / Carroll County Times)

Summer is in full swing and so is carnival season.

Craving the yummy carnival food such as pizza and funnel cakes? Looking to relax and listen to awesome local bands? Or how about the squeals of delight as your children enjoy the various rides and play games? The Manchester Fireman’s Carnival will be held from Monday, July 2, through Saturday, July 7.


The kitchen hours are 5 to 9 p.m., and the carnival is open from 6 to 11 p.m. each night. Ride all night bands are $20 every night, except for July 4, when it is only $15.

If you’re in the mood for a good parade, it will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 3; and if you want to take in some awesome fireworks, they will be held Thursday, July 5. The fireworks’ rain date is July 8.

The band schedule for the week is bluegrass band Long Ryde on Monday night; rockabilly music from Josh & The Good Ole Stuff on Tuesday; and on Wednesday, The Cruisers play 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s music; the classic/southern rock of Bootleg will be on Thursday; Rich & the Roadrunners with Elvis (Joe Forrester) will be featured on Friday; and the week closes out with the country music of Rivers Bend Band on Saturday.

Each evening the kitchen will feature different specials, in addition to food stands offering things such as pit beef, pizza, burgers and hotdogs, cheesesteaks, ice cream and more. All proceeds will benefit the Manchester Volunteer Fire Department.

The carnival grounds are located at 3297 York St., Manchester. For information, visit or call 410-239-2286.

Military banners

Following in the steps of other communities in Carroll County, the Town of Hampstead and its residents are honoring local military personnel with banners on Main Street. To recognize those who have served, the town is participating in the Military Banner Program.

The programs’ purpose is to pay tribute to the men and women who are serving, have served, or have given their life in the line of duty while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

The program is open to any active, retired or deceased military personnel who live, have lived or who may still have family members residing in the local area. The banners will be on display on the light posts along Main Street from now until September, honoring their service. The banners will display the official photo of the service person, as well as their name, rank, and the branch of military.

If you would like more information, contact the American Legion; or the Hampstead Town Office, at 410-239-7408 or email

NESAP news

NESAP still has tickets available for the Sept. 16 Orioles game against the Chicago White Sox to be held at 1:05 p.m. The tickets are $20 each and the first 20,000 fans, 15 and older, will receive an Orioles’ cap. The seats are in the lower reserve section 75. Each ticket purchased will have $5 donated to NESAP. For information, call 443-952-0097.

For additional information on upcoming fundraisers, events, sales and more, visit Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; and from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday. NESAP is located at 1046 S. Carroll St., Hampstead. For information, call the store at 410-374-9099.

Scholarship winners

The awards ceremony at Manchester Valley High School was held June 7. The winner of the Hampstead Lions Club H. Craig Snyder Memorial Scholarship was Nicholas Sica; the winner of the Hampstead Lions Club Scholarship was Nicholas Ruszala; and the winner of the Hampstead Lioness Scholarship is Marleigh Heffner. According to a press release, the recipients display outstanding achievement in academics, community service and strong commitment to make a difference in their community.

  • Woofstock: June 23, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Ruhlman Brewery, 2300 Harvey Gummel Road, Hampstead. General admission, $10; free/13 and younger. Proceeds benefit Humane Society of Carroll County Spay & Neuter Fund. Information: Theresa Micheau, 410-848-4810/
  • Summer Cash Bingo: June 22, doors open 5 p.m., games start 6:30 p.m., North Carroll Community School, 401 Stone Road, Westminster. $20/person. Information:; and for tickets visit
  • 26th annual Benefit Tournament: July 13, registration 12:30 p.m., start 1 p.m., Oakmont Green Golf Course, 2290 Golfview Lane, Hampstead. $75/per person before July 1; $80/person after July 1. Proceeds benefit the Northeast Rabbit’s Children’s Christmas Fund and more. Information: Rick Waltrup, 410-294-6418/