Queen Anne’s County Fair opens Mon­day

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

CEN­TRE­VILLE — The Queen Anne’s County 4-H Fair opens Mon­day, Aug. 7. For many peo­ple in Queen Anne’s County, this is the week that makes the whole year. It’s the largest so­cial gath­er­ing of peo­ple held in the county ev­ery year, and this year marks the fair’s 75th an­niver­sary.

Fair Chair­man Alan Sch­midt said, “We’re ready to cel­e­brate an­other great fair!”

Here’s a brief line up for the week:

Mon­day evening, Aug. 7, the fair of­fi­cially be­gins with open­ing cer­e­monies in the show ring lo­cated at the horse barn at 6:30 p.m. That kicks off a week of won­der­ful live­stock demon­stra­tions.

Be­gin­ning Tues­day, dif­fer­ent and won­der­ful farm fresh meals with all the trim­mings are of­fered at very rea­son­able prices ev­ery evening. Tues­day is crab cakes; Wed­nes­day, the very pop­u­lar roast chicken din­ner (come early as it of­ten sells out); Thurs­day, pulled pork; Fri­day, pit beef; and this year for the first time, Satur­day evening, pit ham.

If that type food doesn’t in­ter­est you, make your choices of many ex­cel­lent op­tions of other fair foods: fried clams, burg­ers, hot dogs, sausages, tacos, ap­ple dumplings, milks shakes and ice cream. There’s even a fresh squeezed ice cold lemon­ade stand.

Each evenings with the din­ner meals, live mu­sic, and a va­ri­ety of ex­hi­bi­tions are of­fered in the show ring at the horse barn. Among the ex­hi­bi­tions are eques­trian Dres­sage rid­ing one night, Olympic jump­ing, Nez Pearce pony rac­ing, West­ern Free Style Rein­ing, and one night a K-9 demon­stra­tion by the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice. Fri­day evening is the an­nual 4-H Live­stock Auc­tion.

Mid-week, on two dif­fer­ent days, a chain-saw carver will demon­strate his work.

On Satur­day morn­ing, Aug. 12, the Baby Con­test is back. It will held held next to the rab­bit barn at 9:30 a.m. for chil­dren from 6 to 18 months in three age cat­e­gories.

The fair con­cludes with the high-fly­ing, bronco and bull rid­ing, bar­rel rac­ing, Dave Martin Pro­fes­sional Rodeo, and lo­cal coun­try mu­sic ris­ing star Sam Grow per­form­ing.

The fair is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, Aug. 7-12. Ad­mis­sion is $2 a per­son Mon­day through Fri­day; $3 on Satur­day. Se­niors are ad­mit­ted free all day Thurs­day, Aug. 10, Se­nior Cit­i­zen Day.

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