Baltimore County 4-H Fair
Baltimore County 4-H Fair showcases agriculture and more
Want to learn all about Baltimore County’s agriculture industry in a fun, family friendly environment? The Baltimore County 4-H Fair will once again be held this summer at the Maryland State Fairgrounds Cow Palace and Horse Arena Thursday – Sunday, July 13 – 15. And best of all – the 4-H Fair is a free event!
At the fair, 4-H members showcase their projects that they have worked on throughout the year, including scarecrows, woodworking, baked goods and other food, photography, crafts, flowers, and clothing, and they also show their animals. Guests can visit with and learn about alpacas, cattle, chickens, goats, horses, rabbits, sheep, swine and event cats and dogs.
Fair goers will also be able to explore “Agro Land” and learn where the foods we eat every day come from. Activities in Agro Land include milking a cow (not a real cow); pedal tractor relay; harvesting potatoes; and many other agriculture related activities.
The Maryland 4-H Youth Development Program provides a supportive setting for youth to reach their fullest potential. Children learn beneficial cognitive and life skills through community-focused, research-based, experiential educational programs. Participation is open to all youth ages 5-18 who reside in Baltimore County.
So what does 4-H stand for, you may ask? All the “H”s put together make up the 4-H pledge: I pledgeMy Head to clearer thinking; My Heart to greater loyalty;My Hands to larger service;My Health to better living;For my club, my community, my country and my world.
4-H youth develop relationships that inspire people to help themselves and others as they interact with caring adults and peers. 4-H Program areas include science, engineering and technology; healthy living; leadership and citizenship; and volunteer development.
The Baltimore County 4-H Fair was first held in 1964 at the Eudowood Plaza Shopping Center near Towson an opportunity for the 4-H youth of Baltimore County to showcase their non-animal project work as well as livestock exhibits. After this successful 4-H Fair, the event was moved to the Fairgrounds, where is has continued its annual run. In the early years, 4-H livestock were housed in open air barns on the Fairgrounds but were later replaced by the indoor arena known as the Cow Palace.
Here are some highlights of the three-day event:
Thursday, July 13
Beginning at 5 pm, watch 4-H members model outfits they created or accessorized in the Fashion Revue fashion show on Center Stage in the Cow Palace. The 4-H Fashion Revue is always one of the highlights of the fair.
Also enjoy the Fair’s Picnic Supper
and dine on roast beef or turkey, salads, drinks and dessert. Seating Begins at 5:30 pm. Dinner is $12 per person. Children 4 and under receive a free hot dog meal.
After the Picnic Supper, head over to the Cake Auction at 7 pm, where the 4-H members will offer their prize winning baked goods for sale. Be sure to place your bid and join the excitement while contributing to the youth of Baltimore County.
Friday, July 14
Try your luck at the Quarter Auction at 7 pm. Bring your quarters and some friends for a night of fun. Admission is $5 for two bid paddles with each additional paddle costing $2.
Saturday, July 15
Enjoy a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday morning from 7:30-10 am. Pancakes, sausage, juice, milk or coffee is only $5 per person. Children under 3 eat free.
The Livestock Auction will begin at 6:45 pm with the finest quality beef, lamb, pork, and goat livestock projects raised and fed by 4-H youth, evaluated for marketability and top yield. Then stay for the livestock shows and Battle of the Beast!
Other events throughout the Fair include a rabbit hopping contest; cat, dog and swine shows; an animal costume contest; a small engine and garden tractor contest; and a robotics contest. Be sure to check http:// www.baltimorecounty4hfair.org/schedule.html for a complete schedule.
Baltimore County 4H Fair
Maryland State Fairgrounds Cow Palace & Horse Arena
2200 York Rd, Timonium, Maryland 21093
Thursday – Saturday, July 13 – 15
Thursday: 11 AM — 10 PM Friday: 9 AM — 10 PM Saturday: 9 AM — 10 PM FREE admission and parking.
For more information, go to http://www.baltimorecounty4hfair.org.