There are many things about Maryland political structures that annoy me, but the prevalence of local volunteer fire departments is one that I find charming. It's summertime, which means it's time for the local VFD carnival. They do this as a fund raiser each year, and it's a ton of fun. We went last night.
It's a fund raiser, so everything costs more. But it's for guys who will run into burning buildings to rescue us, so what's not to like? I even won another stuffed thing (it was shooting corks from a Daisy air rifle at solo cups, not the full automatic assault BB gun like last time). But some friends have a brand new grandson who will be needing that rainbow polka dot stuffed elephant. Win!
After fried chicken, snow cones, and ice cream there was a band playing 80s music (Guys In Thin Ties, recommended) and then fireworks. I didn't bring my camera, but it looked exactly like the pictures in the link.
It was a ton of fun, and how many times can you combine Date Night with libertarian local government structures?