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Rocky Ridge to hold carnival, parade

Richard D. L. Fulton

(7/24) As summer begins to wind down, there are still plenty of events scheduled in the region to provide activities to entertain the young and old alike.

One of those is the annual Rocky Ridge Volunteer Fire Company carnival, which was established around 1957.

In addition, a parade will be held in August in Rocky Ridge in conjunction with the vent.

The carnival will be held at Mount Tabor Park on August 13 through 18, 4:30 p.m. "until usually around 11 p.m., each day," Fire department member Ronnie Eyler said.

Special events slated to occur during the carnival include a cake auction on Monday, a parade on August 15, and live entertainment Tuesday through Saturday.

Bands appearing will include CB Pickers (Tuesday), Paul Ledford Band (Wednesday), Rivers Bend Band (Thursday), Traditions Unleashed (Friday), and Roll The Dice (Saturday).

Eyler said, "Itís a carnival but itís more like an overgrown festival." There are games for the kids, a hay ride (provided by Eyler and his son Robert), a lots of food. Admission is free.

As far as the food and games go, "Itís not expensive. It doesnít break you to go to this carnival," Eyler stated. "People usually come for the food. Weíre famous for the food."

On August 15, the parade will begin at 7 p.m. and proceed from Longs Mill, up Motter Station Road, and conclude at Mount Tabor Park.

Events like firemenís carnivals provide an important portion of the sponsoring fire departmentís annual budget.

The on-going recession continues to take its toll of monetary donations and the amounts of available state and federal monies that departments also rely on.

But to rural communities, firemenís carnivals and other events also serve as a social gathering places in which to reconnect with area friends, family members and schoolmates.

For additional information on the carnival, parade, or other Rocky Ridge Volunteer Fire Company events, contact Ronnie Eyler at 301-271-7780.

Also, visit the companyís web site at rockyridgevfc.com.

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