Fireman’s carnival next week offers food, rides and live entertainment

The Greencastle Rescue Hose Company’s 83rd annual carnival runs July 12 to 17 at 407 S. Washington St. Live music is featured each evening and rides cater to children and adults alike.

It's carnival time again. The 2010 Rescue Hose Company Fireman's Carnival opens Monday, July 12 at 407 S. Washington St. A week of shows, rides and food ends Saturday, July 17.

Music will fill the open stage each evening at approximately 7 p.m. Monday features The Stevens Family Bluegrass Band, from Berkeley Springs, W. Va. J.W., Nancy, Laura, Luke, Ben, Sam and Tommy Stevens started singing together in 2001. On Tuesday it is Traditions Unleashed. The group with Rich Godman, Donna Jones and Andy Riley features classic rock, Southern rock, oldies and country at 7:15 and 9:15 p.m. Wednesday is the adult Karaoke Contest and Thursday youth under 18 get their chance to sing to a standing-room only crowd. Cash prizes are awarded both nights.

Friday The Uptown Band performs at 7 and 10 p.m. The eight-member band features Erich Cawalla and Jenifer Kinder. From the Philadelphia area, they entertain with hits from the 1950s to today. Saturday winds up the week with The O'Donnells, who hail from Nashville, Tenn. Father and son Darryl Lee and Klinton have been influenced by notable country artists and consider their own music a unique hybrid blend.

Midway rides come from Pennwood Amusements, with people able to ride for one price every evening. The bracelet cost is $18.

“The children’s ride nights in the past were always so packed,” said RHC trustee Tim Myers. “We opted for every night this year to spread it out.”

Invididual tickets are still available for those who wish to board only a couple rides.

The foodstand in the Special Events Center will again feature what people have yearned for all year long.

“We always sell tons of HOCO Burgers,” Myers said. “It’s grilled hamburger and onions but people love them.”

Also popular are the hogtails, country ham, sausages and french fries, as well as other fare on the menu. Cash bingo in one-half of the room also gets a large following each evening.

Outside, the cake and fruit stand provides an opportunity for people to win homebaked goodies, if they are lucky with the spin of the wheel.

“The carnival is one of the bigger fundraisers of the year for us,” Myers commented.

And one of the most anticipated events by the public at large, if the number of lawn chairs set up in the open area is any indication.