Yes, that's a Ferris wheel beginning to spin by the Sheetz in South Hanover. And that's not just a slide there by the Walmart - it's a Super Slide.

With little advance fanfare or notice, the carnival is coming.

In fact, the event put on by locally based Penn Wood Shows and D&K Amusements is here, opening today around 6 p.m.

The show, which will run nightly through May 6, is to benefit a 4-H group that focuses on horse-related education and is based in Manchester, Md.

"But about a third of our kids are from the Hanover area," said Candy Cole, leader of High Ridge 4-H Club.

The club was looking for a fundraiser in advance of this summer's "Maryland 4-H State Horse Jamboree," an annual event to be held this year in Carroll County, put on by Cole's 40-member club.

   Scott Thomas, left, waits to be handed a light by Shawn Fann as they work on Wednesday to assemble the  Super Slide.

Scott Thomas, left, waits to be handed a light by Shawn Fann as they work on Wednesday to assemble the Super Slide.


"It's kind of a big deal," she said.

The event features everything for kids from veterinary instruction to grooming lessons to pointers on how to organize a pack mule. And for one 4-H club, it's a big undertaking, Cole said.

"It's a lot of responsibility, and we'd been looking for help," she said.

That help came in the form of an offer from D&K Amusements' owners Derek and Kitty Long, whose daughter is in the local 4-H program, Cole said. Let's find a place for a local show, they said, and the proceeds will benefit the club and help with the jamboree and other costs.

Thus the current show, which was put together after D&K got permission to use the privately owned, commercial-zoned land next to the Sheetz store in West Manheim Township.

Township Manager Kevin Null said show organizers secured approval from the landowner and then came to the township. Because it's private land with the right zoning, he said, there's no problem with the municipality. In fact, he said, it will be interesting to see how it comes together.

"As far as I know it's the first attempt at something like this here," he said. "It's all fine with us, and they're going to give it a shot."

Cole said many of the kids in the club will be out at the event, helping to sell tickets, or manage the rides. And they're excited, she said, both for the weeklong carnival and for the future of a club that's the largest of its kind in the area.

Cole started High Ridge 4-H Club nine years ago, and said in that time it's grown into a place where children can learn about horses, and life on the farm and how to interact with other people. There are many meetings and smaller events each year, and it's a program that helps prepare dozens of local kids for their future.

"There are a lot of rewards from this," she said. "And there's a lot to like about having fun and helping out."


What: Carnival to benefit the High Ridge 4-H Club

When: Beginning at 6 p.m. today, daily through May 6

Where: The field adjacent to South Hanover Walmart, 1881 Baltimore Pike, Hanover

Info: For more information on the club and the local carnival, visit