County Fair begins Wednesday
DENTON — The Caroline-Dorchester County Fair returns Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the Caroline 4-H Park on Detour Road off state Route 16 east of Denton, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 6.
The fair gives 4-H’ers a comprehensive competition to showcase their agricultural displays, livestock and pet projects, as well as their
baking, canning, culinary and sewing skills. The 4-H fair also provides a means of educating the public of the importance of farming to the nation and the hard work and talents that go into it.
Saturday, Aug. 6, culminates with the 4-H Livestock Auction and a concert featuring The Fabulous Hubcaps with Flatland Drive as the opening act. The auction begins at 6 p.m. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets for the concert can be purchased for $15 at the fair.
The fair also features rides and games for children of all ages.
Hours for the fair are 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5; and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6.
Admission Wednesday on opening night is free courtesy of the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce.
Opening day features the Royal Pageant to crown the Little Princess, Princess and Queen of the CarolineDorchester County Fair, which will be held at 6 p.m. A fried chicken dinner will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Reger Pavilion. The amusement area opens at 5 p.m.
One of the most popular events is the 4-H Cake Auction, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in Reger Pavilion. The auction will be held like any other, with the highest bidder walking away with a decorated cake baked by an award-winning 4-H’er. Cakes have been entered in three categories — special occasion, novelty and Maryland 4-H cake.
The nightly dinners are always a big draw, with crab cake dinners on Thursday night, a beef dinner on Friday and barbecue chicken on Saturday.
Guests can come to the fair Thursday for $1 with the donation of a canned item to the Maryland Food Bank. Thursday also is children’s day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with story time at 11 a.m. and games at noon.
Thursday also features the open meat goat show at 10 a.m. and the open swine show at 6 p.m. The Jones Boys will perform from 7 to 10 p.m.
Friday begins with the open beef show at 10 a.m. with the horse speed event at 3 p.m.
The elite premier showman also will be crowned Friday as the top CarolineDorchester 4-H’ers compete in a four-round livestock handling showcase.
Emma Beaven won the 2015 elite premier showman crown after beating the three other top CarolineDorchester 4- H’ er sin a fourround livestock handling showcase.
Erica Willing of East New Market, Paul Saathoff of Denton and Colbi Jeffers, of Greensboro each joined Beaven in the elite 4-H contest, showing cows, pigs, goats and sheep. The quartet made the elite showcase after being named the top 4-H showman in their respective livestock handling contests.
The events continue Friday afternoon with the dress a goat contest in the livestock ring at 6 p.m., then the greased pig contest at 7 p.m. in the square horse show ring.
The Hired Guns will be performing from 7 to 10 p.m.
Saturday features the horse show and the rabbit and cavy show at 9 a.m. The baby contest will be in front of the Reger Pavilion at 11 a.m. The baby contest is for children 6 months to 3 years old. Preregistration is required for the baby contest by 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, and can be done at the fair.
Jousting will be from noon to 3 p.m. and will be followed at 3 p.m. by the pet show. New this year will be a car show from 1 to 6 p.m. Cow patty bingo will be at 3 p.m.
Fair admission is $2 per person for ages 13 and over, and includes parking. Children 12 years old and under have free admission. For a complete schedule and more information on the county fair, visit the fair’s website, www.carolinedorchestercountyfair.org.
Emma Beaven of Denton holds the elite Premier Showman trophy after winning the four-round livestock handling showcase at the 2015 Caroline-Dorchester County Fair. Joining Beaven in the elite showcase were Paul Saathoff, left, Colbi Jeffers and Erica Willing.