Carroll Gymnastics members march in the Annual Firemen's Parade in August 2017 in Hampstead. This years carnival runs Aug. 13 through Aug. 18, with the parade being held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15.
Carroll Gymnastics members march in the Annual Firemen's Parade in August 2017 in Hampstead. This years carnival runs Aug. 13 through Aug. 18, with the parade being held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15. (Shiela Johnson / Correspondent)

The Hampstead volunteer fire company is readying for its annual carnival, to be held Aug. 13 through Aug. 18.

The event will feature a little something for kids of all ages including food, live music, rides, raffles, games and much more. Take this chance for a night out (or many nights) with the family, where no one must prepare dinner, and you get to spend time with the family and your neighbors.


Carnival favorites will be on hand for dinner including pit beef, pizza, funnel cakes and more. In additional, delicious platters will be served nightly including roast beef, chicken and shrimp. Platters will be available beginning at 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and at 5 p.m. Saturday.

The music schedule is as follows: Josh & Good Old Stuff with Josh Christina, 50s Rock N Roll, and Country, on Monday; Iron Ridge plays bluegrass on Tuesday; local favorite Richie Fields plays country on Wednesday; Thursday will feature more bluegrass with Aspen Run; enjoy classic rock, blues and country on Friday with Bootleg; and end the week with Dean Crawford & The Dunn’s River Band, who will rock out with country and southern rock.

Your guide to the 2018 Carroll County fire company carnivals.

Need a little excitement in your life? The rides will be open each night from 7 to 11 p.m. and the ride all night special will be $20 each evening.

On Tuesday, Aug. 14, beginning at 8 p.m., the Miss Fire Prevention Contest will be held; lineup along Main Street Wednesday night, Aug. 15, as the annual parade makes its way beginning at 7 p.m.; and the big money drawing will be held at 11:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. You will have chances each night to purchase tickets for the drawing.

Parking and admission are free; and there will be a free shuttle running between North Carroll High School and the carnival grounds each night, 6 to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 3:45 until 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

The carnival grounds are located beside the fire department at 1341 N. Main St., Hampstead.

Golf fundraiser

The Tree of Friends Foundation will be hosting its second annual Helicopter Golf Ball Drop from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11 at Christmas Tree Park in Manchester.

The group is a local nonprofit organization based out of Manchester that is dedicated to serving the needs of the community under the guidance of the Community Foundation of Carroll County.

The cost is $10 per ball or $25 for three balls. Prizes include $1,000 for a hole in one; $500, closest to the pin; and $250, second closest to the pin. There will be food, family fun and vendors.

A rain date of Aug. 12 has been scheduled. The park is located at 3399 Christmas Tree Lane, Manchester. For information, call Kerri Carter at 443-278-5321 or Jessie Boog at 443-507-0667.

Demo Derby

The third Demolition Derby of the season will be held Saturday, Aug. 18 at Upperco volunteer fire company. Gates will open at 1 p.m. and racing begins at 4 p.m.

Admission to the event is $15 for adults, $10 for ages 12 to 17, and free for those 11 and younger. A driver meet and greet begins at 2 p.m. for the fans, and there will be a full concession stand serving various food. There will be fireworks as well.

Seating is lawn seating and you need to bring your chairs and/or blankets.

The company is located at 5415 Arcadia Ave., Upperco. For information, email uppercovfc@gmail.com, visit www.uppercovfc.org, their Facebook page, or call 410-886-1576.


Trips planned

The North Carroll Senior Center has been hosting numerous trips.

Back in June, I mentioned their trip to the Fisherman’s Crab Deck to be held Aug. 23 and there are still limited spaces open. The trip, which costs $78, will include all you can eat crabs, and more and a visit to an Amish market in Annapolis. The bus will leave NCSC at 10 a.m. and return at 6 p.m.

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.

In addition, they are looking forward to celebrating fall by a trip to the Pennsylvania Opry and the Fall Foliage Festival on Sept. 20. That trip, which includes lunch at Hickory Bridge Farm, is $82 per person. The bus leaves NCSC at 9:45 a.m. and returns at 6:30 p.m.

Following fall, the NCSC is hosting a trip to Bethlehem/Hershey, Pennsylvania, on Dec. 4 and 5.

Payment for the trip, which is $355/single, $295/double, and $285/triple, is due by Oct. 1. A deposit of $50 is due when you sign up.

The cost includes bus transportation, 1-night lodging, a deluxe continental breakfast, view of the movies Rise & Fall of Bethlehem Steel, and Christmas City, both at the Visitors Center; Cirque Dreams Holidaze Show at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, dinner, step-on guided tour of Hershey, lunch at Hershey Hotel, and a visit of Hershey’s Chocolate World and the Hershey Sweet Lights Tour, as well as hotel taxes and baggage handling. Please note that the itinerary is subject to change.

If you’d like further details, or to sign up, call Mary at the North Carroll Senior Center at 410-374-5602.

Farmers Market

Just a reminder that due to the Hampstead Carnival, the Hampstead Farmers Market will be relocated August 11 and 18 to the Jos. A. Bank parking lot, 500 Hanover Pike in Hampstead.


Big Money Raffle: Aug. 11, noon-5 p.m., Reese Volunteer Fire Department, 1745 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster. Hosted by Reese and Manchester VFD. Cost: $100/person, includes food and cash drawings. Information/tickets: Doug Wheeler with the MVFD at dwheelsgtx@yahoo.com; or David Davidson with the Reese VFD, at 443-398-1943 or email ddavidson@reesevfc.org.

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; www.coonclub.org.

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; www.coonclub.org.