Kid-pleasing rides, foot-stomping entertainment, home-style dinners, games of chance, and a variety of snacks offered along the midway await young and old at the annual Mount Airy Firemen's Carnival from Monday through July 30.
The local fire company's major fund-raising event kicks off its 67th year with three "ride-all-nights" Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the fair grounds, Route 27 and Twin Arch Road. On these nights, $8 will purchase a pass for all the rides one wishes that evening. Two-dollar discount coupons are available at local stores. Rides will be provided by Rosedale Amusements.
A roster of musicians has been scheduled to entertain carnival patrons on stage beginning with the Caballero Brothers Monday. Young Guns will appear Tuesday, followed by Pikesville Rye on Wednesday.
Pure Country will provide entertainment Thursday after the parade. Rick Holley will be on stage July 29, and Oklahoma Band will entertain on the carnival's last night, July 30. Patrons are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs for comfort during the performances.
Providing invaluable support to the fire company, the volunteers of the auxiliary will serve a varying menu of buffet dinners each evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the air-conditioned activities building.
Fried chicken and assorted side dishes will be served all six nights, in addition to ham on Monday; roast beef on Tuesday; roast turkey on Wednesday; ham and lasagna on Thursday; fried shrimp and clam strips on Friday; and ham on Saturday.
A variety of sandwiches and platters will also be served nightly at the nearby ladies' auxiliary food stand.
The fire-prevention queen contest will be held Monday evening.
The popular Firemen's Carnival Parade begins at 7 p.m. Thursday on North Main Street, with line-up no later than 6:45 p.m. The procession will wind down Main Street to Park Avenue and across Route 27 to the carnival grounds. Participating units will vie for a variety of cash prizes and trophies.
Concluding the carnival and many months of promotion for raffle committee members will be the grand prize drawing Saturday night for a 1994 maroon Ford Escort LX. Tickets are being sold at the cost of three chances for $5 and seven chances for $10. They can be purchased through the last night of the carnival.
The ticket-holder does not have to be present to win the car. But hourly drawings of tickets during the carnival can garner $20 for the purchaser if a response is made to the announcement within 10 minutes. The tickets then go back into the drum to await the grand prize drawing.
, Information: (301) 829-0100.
Hats off to the members of the Mount Airy Flood Relief Committee, who with community support raised $50,192.23 in cash for flood victims in Alexandria, Mo.
From pennies dropped in money jars around town to $5,600.50 raised from the Holiday Inn dance featuring "Retrospect," a variety of activities garnered money for the fund. The most recent flood relief fund-raiser, which boosted the pot over the $50,000 mark, was the Mount Airy Kiwanis Club's Spring Pancake Breakfast, which added $400 to the fund.
The cash total is in addition to other donations from the Adopt-A-Family Christmas project, food drive, work caravan that traveled to Alexandria this spring, and equipment donated to the Missouri town's fire company.
The estimated value of this massive effort exceeds the committee's original $100,000 goal and demonstrates the good that can be done by a little Maryland town with a big heart.
Committee member Suzanne Mead sent thanks on behalf of the flood-relief committee to everyone who supported the effort. "Were it not for the continued interest of the newspapers, it would not have been possible," she said. "That was paramount."
Although no further fund-raisers are planned, Mrs. Mead said any additional donations that trickle in will be sent to Alexandria.
"We were really happy to hit $50,000. It was way over what we expected," she said. "We have the account open and will send money to them at any time."
Friendships made during the flood relief effort continue to blossom. Bob Davis, mayor of Alexandria, will serve as honorary grand marshal of Mount Airy's Centennial Parade on Sept. 24.