Dorchester chamber helps open county fair
Fair continues through Saturday
DENTON — The Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce along with the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce helped open the 2017 Caroline-Dorchester-County Fair in Denton Wednesday, Aug. 2.
The fair is held at the Caroline 4-H Park on Detour Road off state Route 16 east of Denton, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 5.
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.
The fair also features rides and games for children of all ages.
Hours for the fair are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3; 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 was free courtesy of the chamber of commerces in Caroline and Dorchester counties.
“The fair encompasses two counties with a rich history of agriculture,” said Dorchester County Executive director Bill Christopher. “Agriculture is huge for both. We are proud to work together with the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce and the agriculture community.”
Denton 4-H’er Ella Dorr got to cut the ribbon to open the fair.
“It was really neat to cut the ribbon,” she said. “I really like all the activities at the fair. I really enjoy
sowing, and the fair gives me a chance to showcase things I create.”
The nightly dinners are always a big draw, with the crab cake dinner 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 Caroline-Dorchester 4-H’ers compete in a four-round livestock handling showcase.
Erica Willing won the 2016 elite premier showman crown after beating the two other top Caroline-Dorchester 4-H’ers in a four-round livestock handling showcase.
She beat 2014 Elite Showman Paul Saathoff of Denton and Caroline Saathoff of Denton in showing cows, pigs, goats and sheep. The trio 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. Mike Hines 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. Registration for the pet show will be at 2 p.m.
Saturday’s events culminate with the 4-H Livestock Auction and a concert featuring Small Town Showdown. The auction begins at 6 p.m. The concert begins at 7 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.
Ella Dorr cuts the ribbon to open the Caroline-Dorchester County Fair Wednesday, Aug. 2. Opening night was sponsored by chamber of commerces in Caroline and Dorchester counties.