It has been brought to our attention that there will be a carnival set up in the old Giant parking lot at Solomons Island Rd and Southdown Rd in the area of Wawa in the upcoming weeks. We would like to answer a few questions that we know are going to arise from the community.
We want to make it clear that we, Woodland Beach Volunteer Fire Department, did NOT arrange this carnival. It is NOT sponsored by our fire department and we will NOT be receiving the proceeds from this 12 day event set to run from July 13-25. It was arranged by the company itself, a company that we had made multiple attempts to contact to hold a carnival for us and received absolutely no response.
It has been suggested to us to hold our carnival at this location in the past but for many reasons, we will not. Some of these reasons include an already congested intersection, parking will overflow into the Southdown neighborhood and other local businesses causing a significant amount of foot traffic on a highly traveled road and finally we are very concerned about the safety of those who attend. With the increased vehicle and foot traffic there is a significant risk of accidents so we ask that you please be vigilant for pedestrians and significant traffic delays during this time.
As far as our department holding a carnival again, we are working with another company and have made some progress in possibly bringing back a WBVFD sponsored event next year. It is not set in stone at this time but we are trying our best to make it happen. COVID changed many aspects of the carnival world. It put several companies out of business and those still in operation are having trouble finding people to work making a full carnival season nearly impossible.
Unfortunately, this matter is out of our hands so all we ask is that if you choose to attend, be very careful when walking or driving through the area and know that your money spent is not going to support our fire department as is normally the case at a carnival held here in Edgewater.
The Officers and Members of the Woodland Beach Volunteer Fire Department