Queen Anne’s County Fair opens Monday
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.