Community members enjoy the Hampstead Fall Fest in 2017 and partake in a hayride. This year's event will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, and organizers are seeking vendors.
Community members enjoy the Hampstead Fall Fest in 2017 and partake in a hayride. This year's event will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, and organizers are seeking vendors. (Shiela Johnson photo)

The annual Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company carnival is in full swing and runs through Saturday, Aug. 18.

In addition to the carnival favorites, dinner platters will be available beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; and 5 p.m. Saturday


The entertainment schedule for the rest of the week includes Richie Fields playing country tonight; Aspen Run on Thursday; Bootleg plays Friday; and Saturday features Dean Crawford & The Dunn’s River Band. Rides are open nightly from 7 to 11 p.m. and ride all night is only $20 each night.

Don’t forget to grab a good spot early Wednesday as the annual Fireman’s parade begins at 7 p.m. and runs through Main Street.

Parking and admission are free and there will be a free shuttle running between North Carroll High School and the carnival grounds each night. The carnival grounds are located beside the fire department at 1341 N. Main St., Hampstead.

Drive your tractor to church

Attending church Sunday? Save some gas money in your everyday vehicle and drive your tractor to church Sunday, Aug. 19, in Lineboro.

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Lazarus United Church of Christ is hosting a Drive Your Tractor to church event, and the service that day will be followed with hamburgers and hotdogs. They also are encouraging all to bring a friend that day.

The church is at 5101 S. Church St., Lineboro. For more information, call the Rev. Rodney Gross at 410-790-1457 or Fred Dickmyer at 443-375-0561.

Trips planned from North Carroll Senior Center

The North Carroll Senior and Community Center have 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, plus a visit to an Amish market in Annapolis. The bus will leave the senior center at 10 a.m. and return at 6 p.m.

In addition, they are looking forward to celebrating fall with 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 the senior center at 9:45 a.m. and returns at 6:30 p.m.

Later in the fall, the senior center 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, one-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.

Planet Party at Charlotte’s Quest

Join Charlotte’s Quest and the Westminster Astronomical Society from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 24 at Charlotte’s Quest for an August Planet Party — Mars. This event is for ages 5 and older as they try to view the stars and planets through a huge telescope.


The event is free; however, registration is required.

The center is located at 3400 Wilhelm Lane, Manchester. For information or to register, call 410-374-3395, visit, or email

News from NESAP

As mentioned in past columns, NESAP, located in Hampstead, is looking for help from the community in their efforts to assist those in need.

Learn more about what they do during an Open House on Thursday, Sept. 13, beginning at 4 p.m. and concluding at 7 p.m. Tours will be scheduled every 30 minutes.

Back in July, the price of most clothing drops to only $1 and there will be more sales. The store will be closed Aug. 29-31 to change over; and reopen at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1.

North Carroll: Carnival time in Hampstead

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

They are currently in need for school supplies and food pantry items. For school, they are looking for three-hole pocket folders and three-prong folders in red, blue, orange and yellow; thin fine tip markers, pencil pouches (one-holed large canvas), dividers (eight- and five-tab), headphones, and USB flash drives.

For the food pantry, they are seeking jelly, juice, canned pasta, brownie mix, rice, hamburger and tuna helper, Ramen noodles, and rice and pasta side dishes.

Also, if you have extra plastic grocery bags, brown paper bags, or empty egg cartons, they are seeking donations of those as well.

Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. NESAP is at 1046 S. Carroll St., Hampstead. For information, call 410-374-9099 or visit

Fall Fest seeks vendors

The annual Fall Festival and Flea Market, hosted by the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.

They are currently seeking vendors for the event at a cost of $40 per 20-by-20 spot. Vendors will be able to check in from 6 to 8:30 a.m. and all must be set up by 9:30 a.m.

Merchandise must be removed and the area around your space cleaned as soon as possible after the event closes at 5 p.m.

More information on the event and activities will be in a future column.

The carnival grounds are at 1341 N. Main St., Hampstead. For further information or to register, email, call 443-340-0642 or visit


  • Demo Derby: Aug. 18, gates open 1 p.m., racing 4 p.m., Upperco Volunteer Fire Company, 5415 Arcadia Ave., Upperco. Cost: $15/adults, $10/12 to 17; free/11 and younger. Lawn seating; bring own chair or blanket. Information:,, or 410-886-1576.
  • 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;