North Carroll: Big Money Raffle set; parade seeks participants

North Carroll: Big Money Raffle set; parade seeks participants
Parade participants travel along Main Street in Hampstead during the Annual Hampstead Firemen's Parade in 2017. This year's parade will be held Aug. 15 and they are seeking participants. (Shiela Johnson / Correspondent)

Dare I say it? In one month we will be taking first day of school photos and sending our little learners off to school, then a month after that rushing to the mall or local department store for the last-minute details for their Halloween costumes, and then shortly thereafter, sitting with family as we share what we’re grateful for and gorge ourselves on turkey and dressing, while watching football; and then … then it’s the month of chaos and jolly fun. Running around to family and work holiday events, spending time with fellow shoppers in the mall and department stores, elbowing our way to the sought after toy that every kid on the Nice list should have.

Please don’t throw this down in disgust as I remind you all of how quickly it all goes by; instead take a moment to sip your coffee (or beverage of choice) and reflect on the past seven months and the memories you’ve made and start planning for the months ahead and those memories that will be made.


Life is precious — so let the dust sit and the laundry wait, and make memories and do things. A quote a friend recently shared on Facebook (not sure who it is attributed to) is appropriate here and I wanted to share: “Life only comes around once, so do whatever makes you happy, and be with whoever makes you smile.”

Big Money Raffle

Reese and Manchester volunteer fire companies are hosting their Big Money Raffle on Aug. 11 from noon to 5 p.m. at Reese Volunteer Fire Department. They will be giving away a total of $45,000.

Tickets are $100 per person and then $25 per additional guest. Ticket holders (at $100) will receive a dinner that includes pit beef, fried chicken, beer, soda and water, and more; and be entered in the ticket drawings. The additional guest ticket holder will only be able to partake in the dinner and drinks and are not eligible for the cash drawings.

A cash bar will also be open for those 21 and older. Those interested must be 18 years or older to purchase a ticket; and winners do not need to be present to win, however, they have 30 days to claim their prize once notified.

The ticket drawing schedule is 1 p.m., $1,000; 2 p.m., $2,000; 3 p.m., $3,000; 4 p.m., $4,000; every five minutes, $450; every half an hour, $500; and the grand prize of $15,000, will be drawn at 5 p.m. The large door prize will be awarded for paid ticket holder and they must be present to win door prize; guest ticket holder is not eligible.

The Reese VFD is located at 1745 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster. If you’re interested in more information, or tickets, contact Doug Wheeler with the MVFD at; or David Davidson with the Reese VFD, at 443-398-1943 or email Tickets may be also picked up at the firehouse, located at 3297 Main St., Manchester.

Parade seeks participants

In only a few short weeks, one of the last Carroll County carnivals will be held in Hampstead. The carnival runs from Aug. 13 through Aug. 18, with the annual Firemen’s Parade to be held Wednesday, Aug. 15, starting at 7 p.m.

The HVFC is inviting local organizations to bring their floats, march in the parade, or bring fire apparatus to the parade. The lineup will begin at 6 p.m. and the parade begins promptly at 7 p.m. Awards will be given for best in class as well.

Fire apparatus, floats and other vehicles will assemble along the shoulder of Lower Beckleysville Road; while marching bands and walking groups will assemble at the church parking lot on Lower Beckleysville. All parade participants will travel north on Main Street to the intersection at Fairmount Road.

The prizes to be awarded include: Fire company making the best appearance, $100; fire company, 2nd best appearance, $75; best appearing pumper (in county), $50; best appearing pumper (out of county), $50; best appearing aerial apparatus, $50; best appearing ambulance, $50; oldest motorized apparatus (in service), $75;

Best appearing antique fire apparatus (out of service), $75; 2nd best appearing antique fire apparatus (OOS), $50; best appearing brush unit, $50; best appearing rescue squad, $50; best appearing fire prevention float, $50; best appearing marching group with music, $50; best appearing marching group without music, $50; best appearing commercial float, $50;

Best appearing non-fire department vehicle, $50; best appearing oldest vehicle, $50; best appearing youth organization, $50; best appearing majorette/dance group, $50; judges award, 1st place, $100; judges award, 2nd place, $75; and judges award, 3rd place, $50.

There will be no flaming batons or sirens during parade; no stopping or standing during parade; and they ask that all use extreme caution along the parade route.

If you’re interested in participating, please RSVP to Jeff Lowe or Issac Yohn at


Don’t forget to send me all your upcoming events and happenings — I know with summer half over there are a lot of things being planned for the fall and wouldn’t want you to miss an opportunity to get it included in this column! Next week I will be previewing the annual Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company Carnival, that runs from Aug. 13 through Aug. 18, and more.

  • Movie Nights: Aug. 3 & 7, 7-9:30 p.m., St. Abrahams Church, 4029 Beckleysville Road, Hampstead. Free. Information: 410-374-4726 or
  • Hampstead Ravens Parade/Vendor Festival: Aug. 4, parade begins 9 a.m., followed by vendors at Hampstead Lions Club Ball Park, 4135 Hillcrest Ave., Hampstead. Games, crafts, food and more. No admission; ends at 2 p.m. Information/vendor information Niki Sanders, 559-719-5792 or
  • Crab Feed: Aug. 5, 1-5 p.m., Manchester Volunteer Fire Department, 3297 York St., Manchester. $40/adults; $20/children. Tickets/information: Bobby, 443-375-9614; Keith, 443-829-7124.
  • National Night Out: Aug. 7, 6-9 p.m., Hampstead VFD and Manchester carnival grounds. Free event for whole family. Learn about emergency preparedness and more.Save a Hero Dance: Aug. 25, doors 6 p.m., Coon Club, 2855 Coon Club Road, Hampstead. $15 donation. Raffles, 50/50 and more. Must be 21 years or older. Music by Nasty Habitz. Information/tickets: Steve, 410-977-6404; Tony, 443-821-9040;
  • Crab & Bull Feast and Dance: Sept. 8, doors 4 p.m., food served 5-9 p.m., Coon Club, 2855 Coon Club Road, Hampstead. Tickets: $50. Music: Bootleg, 7:30-11:30 p.m. Tickets/information: Phil, 443-507-6590, Tony, 443-821-9040, or Brad, 410-984-5289;