County Fair be­gins Wednes­day

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­

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,­o­line­dorch­ester­coun­ty­


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.

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