Boonsboro carnival kicks off Friday

May 23, 2003|by ANDREA ROWLAND

BOONSBORO - From banjo pluckin' to buffalo burgers and the big Ferris wheel, the Great Boonsboro Rescue Co. Carnival offers a little something for everyone in the family.

The annual down-home country carnival starts Friday, May 23, and runs through Saturday, May 31, at Shafer Park in Boonsboro. Proceeds benefit the Boonsboro Ambulance and Rescue Co., says Assistant Chief Dwayne Flook, who books the carnival's entertainment and handles support services for the event.

The nine-day carnival features free nightly entertainment, amusement rides and food ranging from such standard carnival fare as funnel cakes, French fries and country ham sandwiches to the more exotic buffalo burgers.


Reithoffer Amusements will once again fill the park with rides and games for the whole family, including the topsy-turvy Tornado for adventure seekers. Riders can pay $11 in advance for unlimited admission to all rides on Friday, May 23, Wednesday, May 28, and Thursday, May 29, Flook says. Pay-One Price tickets are available at Nutter's Ice Cream in Sharpsburg and the Boonsboro Ambulance and Rescue Co., 7619 Old National Pike. These tickets will cost $14.95 at the carnival grounds. Discounted ride tickets can also be purchased for $10 per sheet - an $18 value - at Nutter's and the ambulance company, Flook says.

The Boonsboro Volunteer Fire Department will host bingo games under the pavilion in the park. Carnival-goers can also try their luck at winning a new Harley Davidson motorcycle to be raffled at the event, Flook says.

Big Cam & The Lifters will kick off the carnival's entertainment lineup Friday with music from the 1950s and '60s. Other entertainers include acclaimed Nashville-based country vocalists Tammy Cochran and Rebecca Lynn Howard, high-energy country bands Confederate Railroad and Crazyhorse, bluegrass band Twin Hill Express, variety show band Rick K. & The Allnighters, oldies group Glenn & The Gemtones and Ashley Marie & Family, a local group that belts out country, classic rock and blues music.

"The Boonsboro Carnival has been one of my favorite carnivals for years, and now we get to bring a full night of high energy country and classic rock entertainment to the stage," says Scott Underwood, keyboard player for Ashley Marie & Family.

"We encourage people to come out, have a good time, and to sing along," Ashley Marie says.

If you go . . .

The Great Boonsboro Rescue Co. Carnival

Friday, May 23, through Saturday, May 31

Shafer Park

Carnival starts at 5 p.m.

Admission is free.

For information, call 301-432-6979.

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