Thrills, chills, stuffed animals await at Elkridge Carnival Days Food, rides and music expected to draw 5,000 a day


There are only four more days left to scream your lungs out, get butterflies in your stomach, and win stuffed animals at this year's Elkridge Days Carnival.

The carnival, held to celebrate Elkridge, is located at the old Elkridge Drive-in on U.S. 1 through Saturday. A parade kicked off the carnival on Sunday.

There is no admission charge, said Craig Albright, the carnival's chairman. He said each person must pay 75 cents to ride each of the about 25 rides.

The carnival will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. today and tomorrow, and from 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. There will be plenty of food and games, Albright said.

In addition to foods and games, there will be a Ferris wheel, swings, pony carts, trains, boat rides, helicopter rides, and jeep rides, Albright said. There will also be a music festival.

Between 5,000 and 6,000 people attended the carnival on Monday night, although it was a holiday dampened by rain, Albright said. He said about 5,000 people are expected to attend the carnival each night.

"We get a lot of the same people each night," Albright said. "It's a chance to bring out neighbors who haven't seen each other since last year."

Albright said about 25,000 people attended last year's carnival.

Today and tomorrow, carnival-goers can pay $6 and ride all of the rides they want until closing, Albright said.

The Elkridge Business and Professional Association is sponsoring the annual carnival.

The association plans to use the proceeds to build a community park or to fund another community project, Albright said.

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