Cake wheel translates to emergency aid

Shawn Hardy
Marie Eshleman, Betty Crumrine, Kristen Louder, Shirley Freeman and Evelyn Barnes got together to put icing on cakes for the cake wheel at the Rescue Hose Co.’s Fireman’s Carnival. Donations of baked goods can be dropped off at the carnival grounds at Blue Heron Events Center on South Washington Street any day this week after 2 p.m. For video, visit echo-pilot.com.

Carrot cake with cream cheese, Devil’s food with milk chocolate, Dark chocolate with chocolate caramel, German chocolate with butter pecan, Yellow with coconut, Red velvet with white, Strawberry with strawberry and the list of cakes and icings prepared for the cake wheel at this week’s Rescue Hose Co. Greencastle Fireman’s Carnival goes on and on.

Members of the Greencastle-Antrim Lioness Club baked about 80 cakes and last Thursday, Marie Eshleman, Betty Crumrine, Evelyn Barnes and Shirley Freeman, joined by granddaughter Kristen Louder, had the sweet job of icing them.

The cake wheel has been a Lioness Club project for about 10 years and members of the club also man the ride ticket booths.

In addition, donations of baked goods like cakes, pies, cookies, cupcakes, brownies and whoopie pies can be dropped off any day this week after 2 p.m. at carnival grounds at Blue Heron Events Center on South Washington Street. Pickup can be arranged by calling 717-597-3037.

Carnival-goers also can win fruit baskets on the cake wheel, with Tracey’s Orchards donating a bushel of peaches every day, according to Marie Eshleman, who has chaired the project for many years, originally with her late husband, Don.

Eshleman, who underwent knee surgery last year and was in pain during the carnival, wasn’t going to run the cake wheel again, but then several of her friends needed emergency care.

“The Rescue Hose Co, responded and because of the quick response, they’re still here,” said Eshleman, explaining the cake wheel made a little over $3,000 for Rescue Hose Co. last year.