Go en­joy a fairly good time

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

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.

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