Sum­mer fun at the fair!

Mary­land State Fair fea­tures late sum­mer fun

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By Lisa Har­low

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.

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