It’s time for the Queen Anne’s County Fair

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

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.

PHOTO BY ANGELA PRICE

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.

PHOTO BY ANGELA PRICE

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.

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