Summer fun at the fair!
Maryland State Fair features late summer fun
The end of summer is bittersweet, it’s the end of long, lazy days and time for the kids to go back to school, but it also brings the excitement of the Maryland State Fair.
Celebrating its 136th year, the Maryland State Fair, which runs now through Labor Day, highlights the best of Maryland each year. Local residents as well as 4-H and Future Farmers of America students compete for ribbons, prizes and bragging rights in all areas of agriculture.
Fairgoers will have the opportunity to witness the miracle of birth of calves and piglets, under the supervision of veterinarians and students, daily in the Birthing Center. There are also thousands of livestock and horse competitions and exhibits at the Cow Palace and the barns. Many varieties of produce will be on display at the Farm & Garden Building, along with thousands of fine arts, handwork, canning, woodworking, baking exhibits and more at the 4-H/Home Arts Building.
“Thousands of talented individuals and fun-loving fairgoers from our great state’s cities, towns, farms, mountains and shores make up MY Maryland State Fair,” said Maryland State Fair General Manager Andy Cashman. “Our goal is to provide a variety of safe, enjoyable and educational experiences to help make memories for a lifetime.”
In addition to the nod to our state’s prominent agriculture industry, the Maryland State Fair will also feature live thoroughbred racing; more than 30 rides on the Midway; games of skill and chance; strolling entertainment and bands; children’s activities and rides in Kiddie Land; and food stands for every craving, including the Maryland Foods Pavilion and Dairy Bar showcasing food and drink fresh from the farm and the Chesapeake Bay.
A mix of new events and old stand-bys, here are some Fair highlights: Live Thoroughbred Racing
Watch and wager in the Grandstand on live Thoroughbred horse races as they round the 5/8 mile Timonium track Friday, September 1 through Labor Day Monday, September 4. Post Time is 1 PM. Admission to the racetrack is included in the fair’s admission price. New this year: The Innovation Sta-
tion...STEM Growing with You
The Farm & Garden Building North Room will be transformed by the Maryland State Fair, in partnership with the Maryland Grain Utilization Board and the Maryland Soy Bean Board, into a wonderland of exciting hands-on educational activities, among them: The Butterfly Encounter, The Agriculture Planetarium, Ethanol Remote Car Race Track, and more. Daily in the Farm & Garden Building.
Horses Healing Maryland’s Military (HHMM) Riding Showcase
The HHMM (a new coalition of licensed Maryland stables offering therapeutic programs to veterans and their families) Military Riding Showcase will feature a Military Tribute; the U.S. Army Caisson Platoon, 3rd Infantry Regiment with an Old Guard history presentation; the Maryland/National Capital Park Police, Freedom Hills Veterans Drill Team, Star Equestrian Center Veterans Drill Team, and more. Friday, September 1 from 1:30 to 8 PM in the Horse Show Ring. World’s Largest Cow Tales
Goetze’s Candy Company, Inc., creators of the popular sweet treat Caramel Creams, plans to set a new world’s record by creating a Cow Tales candy that measures approximately 10 feet in length, typically, the caramel candy is only 7 inches in length. During the last few days of the Fair, pieces of the record-setting Cow Tales will be sold to benefit the Maryland State Fair Scholarship Fund. Located in front of the Bulk Candy Store in the Exhibition Hall. Negro League Baseball Exhibit
The showcase incorporates historical videos, lifesize photos of Negro League Players, autographed base- balls, bats and other memorabilia from The Hubert V. Simmons Negro Leagues Museum collection, to create awareness of the cultural, social, and economic impact of the Negro Baseball Leagues. Negro Leagues Baseball Ambassador Ray Banks along with some former players such as “Satchel Paige All Stars” Luther Atkinson, “Indianapolis Clowns” Jim Bland and Geraldine Day, widow of Hall of Famer Leon Day will be on hand to share oral histories, Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day Monday, 10 AM – 10 PM and Monday –Friday, 12 Noon – 10 PM in the Exhibition Hall. U-Learn Farm
Count on U-Learn Farm to teach fairgoers of all ages how agriculture impacts their daily lives. Activities and exhibits include: the John Deere combine, Maryland-Grown Native Plant and Garden Hoop Greenhouse, an interactive milk carton and simulated milking cow, Oyster Recovery, Farming and Filtering in the Chesapeake Bay exhibit, Ages and Stages of Grain Crops; Field Corn Play Box; Touch and Feel Grain, Hay and Forage Boxes; and Kids Growing with Grains. U-Learn Farm, located in the south end of the Cow Palace, is open Fridays – Sundays, 10 AM – 9
PM, and Monday – Thursday including Labor Day Monday, 10 AM – 8 PM. Swifty Swine Racing and Swimming Pig Shows
Fairgoers will go hog wild when Hillary Rodham Clinton, Donald Trumproast, Justin Bieboar, Christina Hogulera, Kevin Bacon, Brad Pig and other celebrity porkers compete in the Swifty Swine Racing and Swimming Pig Show. Billed as “America’s cleanest and fastest pig races,” each show will consist of three heat races starting at 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM, 6:30 PM and 8 PM daily, on the Midway near the Farm & Garden Building.
Arm Wrestling USA/ Maryland Amateur Classic
The colorful and competitive sport of arm wrestling returns to the Maryland State Fair. This premier amateur event will feature people from all walks of life both men and women competing for local bragging rights. Events feature standardized weight classes, streamlined equipment and National Rankings for all competitors who win a match. Saturday, September 2, Noon — 4:30 PM, near the MD Foods Pavilion.
Maryland Department of Natural Resources Exhibits
The DNR will provide a variety of interactive exhibits in the Mosner-Miller Building, Monday – Friday, 12 Noon – 8 PM and Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day Monday, 10 AM – 8 PM. They will also present Scales and Tales shows at various times on Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day Monday, on the Maryland State Fair Park Stage. The 136th MY Maryland State Fair
2200 York Road, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093
Hours — Demonstration and Exhibit Halls: Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Weekdays from Noon to 10 p.m. and Labor Day Monday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Hours — Midway: Saturdays through Sundays & Labor Day Monday from 10 a.m. to Close and Weekdays from Noon to Close.
Admission: Adult admission $8, Senior admission (62 & over) $6, Children (6 to 11) $3, Children 5 and under are admitted FREE. Rides are additional.
Parking: Parking on the fairgrounds is $5 and free parking at the Park and Ride on Deereco Road are available on a first-come, firstserved basis.
For more information, go to www.marylandstatefair. com.