Carnival season in Frederick and neighboring Washington and Carroll counties is underway. It’s a summer tradition filled with family fun, food and live entertainment featuring local bands, from country to classic rock.
The season kicks off May 21 with the Mother Seton School carnival in Emmitsburg, followed by The Great Boonsboro Rescue Co. carnival opening May 25 at Shafer Park in Boonsboro. Carnival season runs through August with the Libertytown and Rocky Ridge volunteer fire companies wrapping it up, respectively, in August.
Most carnivals have midway rides, some have parades, all have food and games. Carnivals give communities the opportunity to support their local fire company and service organizations. They are also a good place to catch up with neighbors and friends who make the carnival circuit part of their summer.
Area county fairs begin in July with the Washington County Ag Expo and Fair and the Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair, with the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair and Maryland State Fair, both in August, and ending with The Great Frederick Fair in September.
For information on each carnival’s hours, nightly entertainment and other details, visit the sponsoring organization’s website.
May 21 to 26 — Mother Seton School, Emmitsburg, www. mothersetonschool.org
May 25 to June 2 — The Great Boonsboro Rescue Co., Boonsboro, www.boonsbororescue.com
May 26 to June 2 — Gamber & Community Fire Co., Finksburg, www.gambervfd.org
May 28 to June 2 — Union Bridge Fire Co., www.ubfc8.org
June 4 to 9 — New Windsor Fire and Hose Co., www.nwfd10.org
June 4 to 9 — Mount Airy 4 County Lions Community Carnival, at the firemen’s carnival grounds, Mount Airy
June 4 to 9 — Carroll Manor Fire Co., Adamstown, www. carrollmanorfirecompany.com
June 11 to 16 — Taneytown Volunteer Fire Co., www.tvfc5.org
June 16 to 23 — Sykesville-Freedom Fire Co., www.sykesvillefire.org
June 18 to 23 — Middletown Volunteer Fire Co., www.middletownvfd.org
June 25 to 30 — Harney Volunteer Fire Co., www.harneyfire11.org
July 2 to 7 — Walkersville Volunteer Fire Co., www.walkersvillefire.com
July 2 to 7 — Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Co., www. smithsburgvfc.org
July 2 to 8 — Manchester Volunteer Fire Co., www.manchestervfd.org
July 9 to 14 — Guardian Hose Co., Thurmont, www.guardianhose.org
July 9 to 14 — Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department, www. winfieldvfd.org
July 15 to 21 — Burkittsville Ruritan Club, www.burkittsvilleruritanclub.org
July 16 to 21 — Urbana Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co., www.new. urbanavfd.org
July 16 to 21 — Reese Volunteer Fire Co., Westminster, www.reesevfc.org
July 23 to 28 — Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Co., www.mavfc.org
July 31 to Aug. 6 — Jefferson Ruritan Club, www.jeffersonmd.net/ruritan
Aug. 6 to 11 — Libertytown Volunteer Fire Department, www.lvfd17.org
Aug. 13 to 18 — Rocky Ridge Volunteer Fire Co., www.rockyridgevfc.com
Aug. 21 to 25 — Thurmont Community Ambulance, www.thurmontambulance.org or www.thurmonteventcomplex.com (First year for this carnival to be held at the Thurmont Event Complex, 13716 Strafford Drive, Thurmont.)
July 14 to 21 — Washington County Ag Expo and Fair, Sharpsburg, www.agexpoandfair.org
July 28 to Aug. 3 — Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair, Westminster, www. carrollcountyfair.com
Aug. 10 to 18 — Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, Gaithersburg, www.mcagfair.com
Aug. 23 to Sept. 3 — Maryland State Fair, Timonium, www.maryland statefair.com
Sept. 14 to 22 — The Great Frederick Fair, Frederick, www.thegreat frederickfair.com