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A Summertime Tradition: Hebron Carnival is Back

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HEBRON, Md.- Tucked away in a small Wicomico County town, you will find Americana at its finest. A summertime tradition that is as much a season staple as suntans and ice cream: The Hebron Carnival. WBOC’s Corrina Pysa headed out to the Carnival grounds before Wednesday night’s opening to check out the fun firsthand.

Long before the Tilt-a-Whirl starts whirling, and the merry-go-round begins making kids merry, dozens of volunteers are hard at work, making sure the Hebron Carnival goes off without a hitch.

“It's a lot of work,” explained Kirby Travers with the Hebron Volunteer Fire Department. “Right from the end of the carnival, when we have to take everything down. They probably started logistics over there probably in January, getting ready for this year.”

It is a tradition full of familiarity, from familiar faces, to familiar fun.

“I think it's a staple of the community, where its been there so long,” Travers said. “It's a great place for, just to bring the family out.”

“I’ve been around here, I guess 50, 55 years,” noted volunteer firefighter Ken Jackson.

Yet over the carnival's 89 years, a lot has changed.

“When I started, we didn't have any rides,” said Jackson. “Now we've got our own rides. We've got 12 rides, so everything just grew.”

While some things, have stayed the same.

“Old family recipe, and our aunt Ruth, great aunt, swore us to secrecy,” explained Geraldine Robinson, who mixes up the oysters for the sandwiches the Hebron Carnival is famous for. “Don't give it away. We've had several people come down wanting to pay for it.”

Robinson has been helping out at the carnival since she was 15.

Every tasty carnival treat and every ride is for a cause.

“It's the biggest fundraiser that supports this fire company,” Jackson explained. “About 80, 85 percent of our money, we have to raise by fundraisers. So, this is a tremendous fundraiser for us. And the community helps us. Not just the fire company, the whole community helps with the fundraising.”

The Hebron Carnival runs Wednesday nights through Saturday nights from now until July 5th. The carnival opens at 6:30 each night, with $12 wrist bands being sold for unlimited rides at the Hebron Volunteer Fire Department.

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