It’s time for the Queen Anne’s County Fair
CENTREVILLE — It’s that time of year again! The Queen Anne’s County Fair begins Monday, Aug. 8, running the entire week at the 4-H Park in Centreville, and concluding Saturday evening, Aug. 13. The fair opens daily at 9 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m.
From Monday through Saturday, there’s an avalanche of activities, amazing foods and just plain fun to be had by all comers.
Monday evening, beginning at 7 p.m. the official opening ceremonies are held at the horse show ring. Livestock shows abound throughout the week, the first, an open goat show sat 9 a.m. Monday.
The farm community puts on wonderful dinners each night from 4 to 7. Tuesday’s dinner, sponsored by the Queenstown Lions Club, is crab cakes with all the trimmings of fresh farm vegetables, sweet tea or lemonade and dessert. Wednesday is the chicken barbecue; Thursday is pork barbecue and Friday, sponsored by Shore Bancshares, is beef barbecue. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday dinners are $10. The price of the crab cake dinner is to be determined.
A different band plays live music each evening during the meal times. Tuesday features the Chris Sacks Band; Wednesday, New and Used Bluegrass; Thursday, The Jones Boys; and Friday has the talent show beginning after dinner at 7 p.m.
Highlight foods not to miss — ice cream, fried clam snack, funnel cakes and fresh-squeezed lemonade. Come early in the week for all the amazing choices of flavors at the ice cream booth; flavor choices dwindle as the week progresses.
What’s new at the QA Fair? The Donut Peddler is one of the new vendors. He’ll make you some warm donuts, the old fashioned way. Tuesday offers the Department of Natural Resources dog demonstration, from 5 to 7 p.m. Also, Steve Hyde The Magician, from 4 to 9 p.m. The greased pig contest has been moved to Wednesday at 7 p.m. Thursday is Senior Citizen Day with special activities, including bingo, offered. There is a corn hole tournament Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.
There are livestock shows galore during the week, concluding with the 4-H Livestock Auction Friday at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday offer the 4-H English and Western horse shows, and Thursday has an open horse show for the first time ever at the QA Fair. Different horse exhibitions are offered each evening: Dressage, Reining, Nez Perce Horse Racing, and Olympic Jumping.
The family-friendly fair concludes with a professional rodeo Saturday evening, 5 to 7 p.m., in the horse show ring. Come two hours early if you want a seat for the rodeo, as it’s always standing room only.
Admission is $2 each on weekdays, $3 on Saturday.
Quinn Williams of Church Hill guides her pig through the show ring. They took first place in Class 13 of the open swine show at the 2015 Queen Anne’s County Fair.
Emma Hutchison and her calf A.J. are ready to hit the beach. They took first place in the Cutest category at the 2015 fair.