MOUNT AIRY Volunteer Fire Company invites you, your family and friends to its 73rd annual Firemen's Carnival from Monday through July 29. This is the fire company's biggest fund-raising event of the year. All proceeds from the carnival go directly to provide emergency medical, fire and rescue services.
The fire company auxiliary will serve buffet dinners each evening in the air-conditioned Activities Building. Other fire company-operated stands will include grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, Italian sausage, french fries, sodas, funnel cakes, pit beef and ham.
Ride-all-night for one price will be offered Monday through Wednesday, and the annual parade will be held beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday. The event will close with a fireworks display July 29.
The carnival will feature nightly entertainment provided by River's Edge on Monday, the Vandells on Tuesday, Heartland on Wednesday, Jay Henley and Stone Broke on Thursday, Allen Brown and the Wishing Wells on July 28 and Wichita Falls on July 29.
Raffles include a $6,000 cash give-away sponsored by the fire company with nightly and hourly cash prize drawings and a drawing for a 27-inch color television with videocassette recorder sponsored by Mount Airy Junior Volunteer Fire Company.
The carnival opens at 6 p.m., rides start at 7 p.m. and all shows begin at 7:15 p.m. No coolers are permitted. Information: 301-829-0100 or 410-795-8055.
Thermal imager purchased
Members of the fire company were pleased to take delivery June 1 of a thermal imager purchased through Maryland Fire Equipment of Rockville, entirely with funds raised in the community. This important piece of equipment can be used for search and rescue, locating the seat of a fire, fire scene assessment, determining fire spread, locating hot spots and other purposes.
Mount Airy Lions Club recently donated $2,000 toward this project. The cost for the thermal imager and related equipment is $19,000. The imager will go into service about Aug. 1 and will be available to assist any other fire company on request.
Calvary United Methodist Church, 402 S. Main St. in Mount Airy, will hold a blood drive in the church auditorium from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 31. The blood drive is sponsored by the American Red Cross and the United Methodist Women.
Bring identification if you plan to donate.
Information: Kara Blanchard at 301-662-2135.
Donna Abel's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.