Go enjoy a fairly good time
It’s that time again. This Thursday marks the kick-off of the 93rd annual Charles County Fair, which will last until Sunday afternoon. The fair not only marks the unofficial start of the fall season, but also is a celebration of the evolution of Charles County from several hundred years ago to what it is today.
The fair is so much more than carnival rides, funnel cakes and cotton candy. It celebrates the county’s rich agricultural history, with locally-raised livestock and others animals on display, along with a showing of farm-raised crops and goods. The event also highlights the many skills of local residents with competitions in baking, brewing, crafts, hobbies, quilting, photography and much more. Projects created by local school children will also be on display. In addition to being an event showcasing local talent and skills, the fair also serves in an educational capacity. A highlight this year will be the county’s celebration of the Charles County Board of Education turning 100 years old, with lectures about segregation in the county schools and tours of the McConchie one-room schoolhouse on site.
In today’s edition of the Maryland Independent, readers can find stories highlighting several of these events, including the work being done to preser ve the McConchie one-room schoolhouse, the return of a youth horse show, the contestants looking to be this year’s fair queen and what visitors to the fair need to know about traffic patterns on fair days. Also in today’s edition, readers can find a schedule of the fair events so visitors can plan out where they want to go each day.
Despite a setback, the fair is still going strong. Three years ago, a fire decimated the animal barns, and efforts are continuing to rebuild the lost buildings. The Charles County Fair Board is continuing to sell memorial bricks which will be used to pave the floor of the Old McDonald Barn, the oldest building on the grounds which survived the fire. As the fair board reconstructs the lost buildings, they also are looking to enhance the current Old McDonald Barn. Bricks can be purchased for $100 through the fair board and contributors can have an inscription placed on the bricks.
Countless hours of work go into making the fair a success each year. The fair board plans all year long, working hard to ensure the event goes off without a hitch. The only thing they can’t control is the weather, but early forecasts predict the weather will be more than agreeable for fair-goers this year.
We salute all of the hard, dedicated work the volunteers perform annually, and we hope Charles County residents will come out in droves to see and enjoy the fruits of their efforts. Support the fair, support the vendors and crafters, and celebrate the county’s rich history this weekend.