Whether you're young or old, summer just wouldn't be summer without a carnival.
The flashing lights and noise of the midway. Little ones with excitement in their eyes and cotton candy everywhere else. Flirtatious teen-agers congregating around the ride with the loudest music and the longest line. The happy squeals of a winner and the groans of the losers. The aroma of frying funnel cakes and other gastronomic delights.
No, summer just wouldn't, couldn't be complete without a dose of carnival.
Pasadena, your wait has ended. The annual Firemen's Carnival, sponsored by the Riviera Beach Volunteer Fire Company, returns for a six-day run starting Monday.
The carnival, on the fire station grounds on Fort Smallwood Road, will be open until 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, later on Friday and Saturday.
Returning by popular demand are ride-all-night-for-one price evenings. You can treat the whole family to loads of fun without blowing the budget. The special-price evenings will be offered on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
If you're really out for a bargain evening, don't forget to check with local merchants for free $2-discount coupons good on those evenings.
If amusement rides aren't your cup of tea, try the midway, which will be filled with games to try your luck and test your skill, and an assortment of delicious foods. New booths this year will feature Power Rangers, water guns and Flintstone prizes.
If Lady Luck doesn't smile on you at the produce, plant or fish stands, you can console yourself (and rest your weary bones) in the air-conditioned comfort of the hall above the fire house while playing a few games of bingo.
The Firemen's Parade will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. In addition to fire equipment from all over the state, the parade will feature bands, majorettes and drum and bugle corps competing for awards.
So stop by next week, have some fun and give a little bit back to help the volunteers who mean so much to our community.
Come one and all to an all-you-can-eat crab feast, sponsored by the Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Aug. 6 at the fire hall on Mountain Road near Lake Shore Drive.
Tickets are $20 per person and include steamed Maryland crabs, crab soup, corn on the cob, roast beef, vegetables, cold cuts, salads, cheeses, desserts, beer and setups.
Music will be by Short Circuit DJ.
Information: Beverly Teal, 437-0215.
Jenkins Memorial Church in Riviera Beach will have its vacation Bible school from 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Aug. 8-12 at the church.
This year's theme is "Come to the party . . . celebrate Jesus."
The program is open to children ages 2-12. No fee will be charged.
Families can register on Aug. 7 after the 10 a.m. service or at 6 p.m. Aug. 8.
6* Information: Kathy Atkinson, 437-0124.