Bal­ti­more County 4-H Fair

Bal­ti­more County 4-H Fair show­cases agri­cul­ture and more

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By Lisa Har­low

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.

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