TRAPPE — It’s time for summer fun and some of the best food around — the Trappe Volunteer Fire Volunteer Company Inc.’s annual carnival, going on through Saturday, June 24.

Games and rides at the carnival include an air bounce slide, dunking booth, hayrides and fire truck rides through town.

There are also many games of chance.

Zoe Keeter and her family are keeping the Rainbow Toss game going in the name of the late Beth Morris, Keeter’s mother, who ran the game for the benefit of the fire company for more than 30 years.

If you’re talking food, tops on the menu are Scott’s United Methodist Church’s crab cakes.

Other food at the carnival includes popcorn, soft pretzels and, new this year, funnel cake.

Also, there will be hamburgers, cheeseburgers, special bacon cheeseburgers, hot dogs, clam strips, french fries and the traditional scrabble sandwich.

Friday night is Italian sausage night, and Saturday night the specialty will be pit beef.

Firefighters will be selling Hershey’s ice cream every night.

Friday’s events include a chili cook-off, which firefighter Matt Burkhardt says is going to be more popular than ever.

Burkhardt said he had about 11 entries for the contest as of Thursday evening, including one from the Crabi Gras restaurant chefs.

The cook-off will start at 6:30 p.m. Tasters vote for their favorite by filling corresponding cups with money.

The most money will win the cook-off, Burkhardt said.

ABout 8:30 p.m., firefighters will tally the results.

Burkhardt said there is a trophy involved and a special “Chili Apron of Champions” to be won.

“But mainly it’s about bragging rights,” Burkhardt said. “The winner gets to brag about being the chili champion for an entire year.”

Also on Friday evening at 7 p.m. young beauties will vie for the title of Little Miss Trappe Fire Prevention.

Saturday evening, a parade will march through town at 6 p.m. and the Miss Trappe Fire Prevention Contest begins at 7 p.m.

The carnival is open every evening from 6 to 10 p.m. through Saturday night on the grounds of the Trappe Volunteer Fire Company Inc.

It is the company’s main fundraising event that helps pay for firefighter training, equipment and other essentials.

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