Kent County Fair begins July 21
TOLCHESTER — The Kent County Fair is returning for three days of new attractions and old favorites. The fair will run from Thursday, July 21, through Saturday, July 23, at the Ag Center.
Beth Hill, who leads 4-H youth development for the University of Mar yland Extension office in Kent County, talked about some of this year’s main attractions.
This year’s fair will include a new jousting tournament, hosted by the Eastern Shore Jousting Association, beginning at noon on Saturday, said Hill.
Additionally, there will be a new LumberJack show with three shows daily.
Open to the public is the new Show and Shine Truck Show. Participants need only clean up their trucks and show them off for the judges, said Hill.
This year’s fair will feature music by various bands. Dovetail, an acoustic band, will perform on Thursday, and a steel drum band and Chesapeake Sons will both perform on Friday. Returning is the youth band Apex Revolution, set to perform on Saturday, said Hill.
The Eastern Shore Bee Keepers Association will make its fair debut, showing hives and the honey-making process, said Hill.
A crowd favorite, the exotic animals exhibit will return with camels, tortoises and more.
The main focus continues to be showcasing the talent of the 4-H’ers.
“It’s a culminating event for the kids. They get to revisit projects they worked on during the year,” said Hill. “We have about 130 4-H’ers in Kent County, and about 75 percent are in the fair.”
Preparations for the fair started back in November with a cover design contest that ties into this year’s theme of, “4-H Another Great Classic,” said Hill. The 4-H’er who won the contest will have his or her artwork on display as the backdrop for the main stage.
“The fair is for the 4-H’ers. It’s the biggest event of the year, and the chance for the kids to exhibit their mastery of skills and showmanship with their animals,” said Hill. “We have kids who have been in 4-H their entire lives. The upper age groups get tough. There is a high level of skill in these competitions.”
The fair officially opens at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 21, and offers animal and livestock shows throughout. The exhibits building will also be open through the course of the fair, so the public can see the work of both the 4-H’ers and the open competition entrants.
Admission is $2. For a complete schedule and other information, visit www.kentcoun tyfair.org.
Dustin Phillips leads his grand champion cow around the ring last summer during the livestock auction at the Kent County Fair. This year’s fair runs Thursday, July 21 to Saturday, July 23 at the Kent Ag Center in Tolchester.