Earleigh Heights VFC Anticipates Fun And Safe Carnival July 6-14
By Ashlea Browning
Summer has officially arrived, which means it is carnival season once again. This year, the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Companys annual carnival rolls into Severna Park July 6, and is open daily from 6:00pm-11:00pm through July 14.
Conveniently located at the fire company's adjacent lot at the intersection of Ritchie Highway and Earleigh Heights Road (Magothy Bridge Road), the carnival features a variety of games and rides for all ages and thrill levels. For young children, there will again be cars, helicopters, dragons and bears available to ride. On the other hand, thrill-seekers can anticipate all of their beloved fast-paced, high-in-the-sky rides to be back.
Of course, the Earleigh Heights VFC Carnival just wouldnt be the same without its offering of delicious fare. Fried Oreos, corn dogs, crab cakes, Italian sausages, funnel cakes and ice-cold lemonade will all be available this year.
Efforts to improve pedestrian and vehicular traffic safety before, during and after the carnival have been underway since local teenager Kara Micciche was fatally struck by a car while crossing Ritchie Highway to get to the carnival last year. Four months ago, the State Highway Administration installed a crosswalk and lighted signal at Ritchie Highway and Earleigh Heights Road to facilitate safer crossing.
The busy intersection is home to many events throughout the year that attract large crowds, including boat shows, flea markets, auctions and Christmas tree sales. Micciches family collected hundreds of signatures in a petition last year for the crosswalk, and when it was implemented on March 5, they dedicated it to her memory.
The popular community carnival has been a large part of the fundraising efforts for the fire company for the past 32 years. Although Earleigh Heights VFC hosts a variety of other fundraising activities throughout the year - bingo games, bull roasts, shrimp roasts and pit beef stands - the carnival typically attracts the largest crowd.
The company handles thousands of fire and ambulance calls every year, and the carnival is an opportunity for the hundreds of EHVFC volunteers to interact with the community in a more positive and fun atmosphere. Volunteers and auxiliary members can be found manning almost all of the food and gaming booths under the tents throughout the carnival. Be sure to stop by and say thanks for their service in the community.
For more information on the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company and the annual carnival, call 410-647-3119 or visit www.ehvfc.org.