Queen­stown fair fea­tures food, fun and fire­works

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment - By CHRISTO­PHER KERSEY ck­ersey@ches­pub.com

QUEEN­STOWN — Be­tween 400 and 600 peo­ple are ex­pected at the Queen­stown Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment’s an­nual fair over the two nights it’s held on Fri­day, Sept. 9, and Satur­day, Sept. 10, in the town cen­ter.

The fundraiser, held an­nu­ally for more than 30 years, ben­e­fits the 82-yearold fire com­pany.

“It’s al­ways a good thing for the com­mu­nity to sup­port the vol­un­teer fire depart­ment,” said Len­nie An­thony, spokesman. “Most fire de­part­ments are vol­un­teer.”

The fair runs from 5 to 10 p.m each night. There will be plenty of food for sale both nights, in­clud­ing pit beef sand­wiches, crab cakes, hot dogs, ham­burg­ers, french fries, and strip clams.

On Fri­day only, there will be fire­works at dusk, about 9 p.m. The fire­works can be viewed from the town cen­ter, weather per­mit­ting. If it’s can­celed by or­der of the fire mar­shal, the fire­works will be moved to Satur­day. The fire mar­shal makes the call, not the fire depart­ment, An­thony said.

Fire truck and hay rides are avail­able all dur­ing the fair. As for booths, there will be about a dozen both nights. The Queen­stown VFD Ladies Aux­il­iary will have a cake wheel and an­other booth for freshly squeezed lemon­ade and snow balls. Other booths will fea­ture games of chance to win prizes.

On Satur­day night, there will be live coun­try mu­sic played by Kenny Lauer and the Coun­try Breeze Band. The band will start play­ing at 6 p.m., an hour after the fair be­gins that day. The ex­tra time al­lows peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to buy food and get set­tled in, An­thony said.

There will be ground prizes both nights, where lo­cal busi­nesses have do­nated prizes and peo­ple buy chances to win a prize. Prizes could be such things as pizza coupons, restau­rant coupons, or jew­elry pieces, An­thony said.

The grand prize draw­ings will be Satur­day at 10 p.m. First prize is a 60-inch flat screen TV; sec­ond prize is an At­lantic Golf out­ing for four; third prize, $250 gift cer­tifi­cate do­nated by Friels Lum­ber Co.; fourth prize, a bushel of crabs and 5 lbs. of shrimp, a case of soda, a case of beer and Ice (must be 21 or older, crabs do­nated by Fish­er­man’s Seafood Mar­ket, shrimp do­nated by United Shell­fish, re­fresh­ments do­nated by QVFD); fifth prize, $100 Visa gift card do­nated by Queen­stown Bank. Tick­ets are $1 each or six for $5. The win­ner doesn’t need to be present for the draw­ing.

Ad­mis­sion is free.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

Fire truck rides will be avail­able at the Queen­stown Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment’s an­nual fair on Sept. 9 and 10. Queen­stown VFD bor­rows Sudlersville’s an­tique fire truck for the rides.

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