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City OKs plans for fairgrounds carnival, free movies

February 03, 2000|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

A carnival near Hagerstown's Fairgrounds Park and free movies in a downtown parking lot may be coming in the next few months, according to separate plans endorsed by the Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday.

Both activities are being organized by the Downtown Chapter of Neighborhoods First, a neighborhood organization.

The carnival is scheduled for July 31 through Aug. 5 on land in front of the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex, which is at the fairgrounds.

The free movies would run weekly from the end of May through September.

Downtown neighborhood group members Ted and Vicki Bodnar presented both plans to the mayor and City Council on Tuesday.

Vicki Bodnar said the carnival will have 24 rides, food and games.

The neighborhood group is not putting up any money for the carnival and will get a percentage of profits above a certain level, she said.

Ted Bodnar said the carnival could raise as much as $50,000 for the group. The group wants to use money raised to buy properties, renovate and resell them. The group has also discussed purchasing the vacant Fairgrounds Entrance Building and renovating it.

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The mayor and council members said the carnival sounded like a great idea.

"If you all pull this off and raise $10 it will be a positive statement on what our citizens can do," Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said.

The movies series would be shown outside on a screen set up in the city parking lot off the first block of North Potomac Street, between Public Square and City Hall.

The mayor and council said that, too, sounded like a great idea.

Ted Bodnar said he recently bought a movie projector, which he will donate for the movie series.

He said the movies will be shown on Wednesday or Thursday nights weather permitting.

He said the group is looking for businesses to sponsor individual movie nights by paying to get the film, which he said typically costs between $150 and $250. The group also is looking for a trailer to store the movie equipment.

Ted Bodnar said the hope is that showing the movies will draw more people downtown.

For information about the events, call City Public Information Manager Karen Giffin at 301-739-8577, extension 116.

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