When you ask Larry Frederickson to put gas in your tank at the Mount Airy Mobil station on South Main Street, you may be asked a question in return.
Each spring, Mr. Frederickson enthusiastically garners pledges and donations for the Carroll County Association of Retarded Children's annual "Ride A Bike" fund-raiser.
"If you don't ask, you don't get anything," he said, referring to his customers and the local businesses he taps for donations. "Most people are real supportive."
Mr. Frederickson has collected nearly $40,000 since 1978 to benefit county residents with developmental disabilities. For at least 12 years, he has earned recognition as having the most "Ride A Bike" donations in Carroll and has been named top "Ride A Bike" participant in Maryland for several years.
The Woodbine resident will ride in his 16th consecutive "Ride A Bike" event Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m. The ride, which begins and ends at the CCARC office at 180 Kriders Church Road in Westminster, features 3 1/2 -mile and 10-mile rides. The rain date is May 23.
Mr. Frederickson and his daughters, 11-year-old Brooke and 8-year-old Holly, will ride the 10-mile course together. His goal for the 1993 ride is to raise $5,000. He estimates each of his daughters will collect $300 for the nonprofit organization.
A request from his sister to accompany her on the 1978 "Ride A Bike" started Mr. Frederickson's participation in the annual fund-raisers, which were once sponsored locally by the Mount Airy Kiwanis Club.
He credits his continuing dedication to the event to the influence of the late Howard "Hap" Albright of Mount Airy, who was a charter member of the CCARC when it was started as the Association for Retarded Children in 1955.
"I feel you should do something for your community," said Mr. Frederickson, and he is sympathetic to the plight of the developmentally disabled. "I know the money stays in Carroll County."
Concerns about the safety of Mount Airy routes ended the local "Ride A Bike" event in 1990, said Mr. Frederickson. He said he and Mount Airy resident Joe Richards, who is another top fund-raiser for the Carroll County ride, now ride in the Westminster events.
Mr. Frederickson encourages anyone who would like to make a pledge to benefit the CCARC to drop by his station or call him at (410) 795-7653. He also encourages participation in Sunday's "Ride A Bike."
"If anyone wants to collect more money than me, they're more than welcome," he said. "I'd be happy to be No. 10."
Why spend a fortune at a crowded amusement park when you can have so much fun stretching a dollar at Mount Airy Elementary's Spring Fair 1993 on May 22?
The event, a fun children's activity sponsored by the Parent Teacher Association, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, 405 N. Main St.
The fair features free admission, free parking and such kid-oriented favorites such as the "Moon Bounce," dunk tank, hay rides, wet-sponge throw, face-painting, sun-visor decorating, a clown and a wide variety of games. Each activity will require one, two or three 20-cent tickets.
Mount Airy Elementary's teachers and staff will once again use their culinary expertise to create donations for the cake walks, where lucky students can take home a prized dessert.
Ben Gue Antiques has donated a navy and cream Mount Airy country throw for a Spring Fair raffle. Chances, donated by G & H Printing, are $1 each or six for $5.
Winners of the new goldfish game do not need to worry about their prizes going belly-up on the way home. Coupons will be awarded for free goldfish, donated by A Dog's Best Friend in Mount Airy.
Vittles preferred by kids of all ages -- such as pizza, nachos, hot dogs, ice cream and cotton candy -- will be for sale.
The event is open to everyone, but children must be supervised by an adult. Advance tickets will be sold at a discount price of seven for $1 at the school beginning today for parents who wish to avoid the ticket line.
For information, call the school, (301) 829-1515 or (410) 795-6899.
Congratulations to Mount Airy resident Julianne Yocum, who has been selected as next year's sophomore drum major for the South Carroll High School Marching Band.
Band Booster president Pat Reisner said "intense" tryouts were held over six weeks for the drum major position that included directing, giving commands, interviews, a question and answer session, and rehearsals with previous drum majors.
Julianne is the daughter of the Revs. Dennis and Carol Yocum, who are pastors of Calvary United Methodist Church of Mount Airy.
Congratulations also to soon-to-be-junior Nicole Laster and soon-to-be senior Liz Mariner, who will continue in their drum major positions during the next marching season.
In addition to representing the Cavalier Marching Band on and off the field, the trio of drum majors serves as the liaison between Brad Collins, the South Carroll band director, and band members.
"They give all commands and guide the music," said Mrs. Reisner, who will continue as Band Booster president next year.