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Star Community holds its first carnival

July 13, 2005|by TONY BUDNY

anthonyb@herald-mail.com

The smell of funnel cakes and cotton candy is in the air.

The Star Community Center is holding its first carnival through July 16 at its equestrian center at 13674 Greencastle Pike in Hagerstown.

Human Resources Director Dale Fishack heads the inaugural carnival after spending 12 years as chairman of the Smithsburg Fireman's Carnival.

"There hasn't been a carnival in this area in a while since Maugansville and Long Meadow stopped doing theirs," he said. "We hope to expand to make this a yearly event."

The carnival's attractions come from Pennwood Shows, who have put on carnivals in Smithsburg and Clear Spring. The Star Community Center will have its own food stand to go along with other vendors.

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On Thursday, patrons can ride attractions all night, from 5:30 to 11 p.m., for $15. Regular ride prices will be in effect the other evenings.

All proceeds benefit the Star Community Center, a home for the developmentally disabled. According to Fishack, the facility has 142 acres of land with 40 houses. It also has a day program, he said.

On Saturday, Aug. 27, Star Community Center will hold a crab feed. Tickets are available at $30 apiece for adults or $15 for children 12 and younger. They will be on sale during the carnival or through the Community Center office, Fishack said.

On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22 and 23, the center will hold a barnyard jamboree. Activities will include carnival rides, crafts, an antique tractor show, haunted hay rides and a silent auction with items donated by area businesses.

For more information, call the Star Community Center office at 301-791-0011.

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