137th Maryland State Fair runs through Labor Day
It’s that time of year again — summer is winding down and the Maryland State Fair is in full swing. Bring family and friends and get in that last hurrah before school is back in session. In addition to the Midway rides, games, local food and beverages, horse racing, and farming exhibits, the State Fair is of fering several new attractions this year: helicopter rides, a LEGO interactive display, glass blowing demonstrations, and more.
Celebrating its 137th year, the Maryland State Fair is open through Labor Day, Monday, September 3 from 10 am to 10 pm. The State Fair highlights Mar yland’s citizens, students, and 4-H and FFA members who share their talents and compete for ribbons, prizes and bragging rights throughout the fair’s buildings, barns and stages.
“Thousands of talented individuals and fun-loving fairgoers from our great state, cities, towns, farms, mountains and shores make up My Maryland State Fair,” said Mar yland State Fair CEO Andy Cashman. “Our goal is to provide a variety of safe, enjoyable and educational experiences to help make memories for a lifetime.”
Here are some highlights of this year’s Maryland State Fair: Celebrity Milkshake Contest
American Dairy Association North East will host the Undeniably Dairy Shake-Off using local ice cream, provided by the Maryland Farm Bureau Young Farmers, on Thursday, August 30 at 10:30 am on the Mar yland State Fair Park Stage. News celebrities we be paired with a local dairy farmer to create their station’s unique milkshakes, compete for bragging rights and the Undeniably Dairy Trophy.
Chesapeake Craft Brew and Wine Station
Enjoy the flavor of local craft beers EVO and Full Tilt, local wine selections from Gunpowder Wine Trail’s Harford Vineyard & Winery, Fiore Winery, and Royal Rabbit Vineyards, and other beer and wine favorites at the Chesapeake Craft Brew & Wine Station. Located in the bottom of the Mosner-Miller Building across from the Sheep Barn.
Maryland State Fair Fairgoers may take to the skies over the Mar yland State Fair with Charm City Helicopters. The 5-6 minute flights, for $45 each, will take off from the Live! OnTrack! Infield, and will provide an once-in-a-lifetime bird’s eye view of the Fairgrounds, the I-83 Baltimore County corridor, and the Martin Marietta Quarry.
LEGO Interactive Display
Baltimore’s own Classic Plastic Bricks will transform tens of thousands of LEGO pieces into a walk-around, interactive, lighted LEGO display. The display will feature sections with iconic Maryland, fair, and ocean themes. Push the buttons to make the LEGO trains run, the Ferris wheel rotate, farm animals move, underwater scenes light up, and more. Located in the Exhibition Hall.
Mobile Glass Studio
Experience the artistry and education of the lost art of glass making when Mobile Glass Studio artists manipulate hot glass into various shapes during live glass blowing demonstrations daily from 2 to 8 pm in the Maryland State Fair Park.
Horses Healing Maryland’s Military (HHMM) HHMM is hosting a Military Veterans and Mounted Police Horse Show on Friday, August 31 from 1:30 to 9 pm, in the Horse Show Ring. The HHMM (a coalition of licensed Maryland stables offering therapeutic programs to veterans and their families) show will feature a Military Tribute; the U.S. Army Caisson Platoon, 3rd Infantry Regiment; Baltimore and other Mounted Police units; Freedom Hills Veterans Drill Team, Star Equestrian Center Veterans Drill Team, an Old Guard history presentation, and more.
Maryland Foods Pavilion
The Maryland Foods Pavilion and Dairy Bar will showcase fresh from the farm and Chesapeake Bay food and drinks. Enjoy the traditional taste of cotton candy, corndogs, and deep fried delights on the Midway and fresh fruit, crab cakes, ice cream, and more. The MD Foods Pavilion Crabby Patty, a crab cake topped with a soft shell crab on a fresh bun, has been named one of “50 Best Fair Foods” by Food Network.
Arm Wrestling USA/ Maryland Amateur Classic
The premier amateur arm wrestling event will feature people from all walks of life and both men and women competing for local bragging rights on Saturday, September 1 from Noon to 4:30 pm at the Park Stage. Events feature standardized weight classes, streamlined equipment and National Rankings for all competitors who win a match.
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, on the Midway near the Farm & Garden Building.
Live national concerts on the Live! OnTrack! Infield Stage
All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and gates open at 6:30 p.m. A limited number of premium tickets, priced at $20 each are available. Acts include legendary classic rockers Jefferson Starship on Saturday, September 1 and country star Chris Janson on Sunday, September 2.
A State Fair tradition, visitors will have the opportunity to witness the miracle of birth of calves and piglets under the supervision of veterinarians and students, daily in the Cow Palace.
137th Annual Maryland State Fair
Now through Monday, September 3 from 10 am to 10 pm
Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, MD
Adults ages 12+, $10; Seniors ages 62+, $8; Children 6+, $5; Children ages 5 and under, Free Admission. Rides are individually priced.
Parking on the fairgrounds is $5, and free parking is available at the Park and Ride on Deereco Road on a first-come, first-served basis. Light Rail is encouraged.
For more information, visit www.marylandstatefair.com.
About 40 rides and more than 30 games of skill will be featured at this year’s Maryland State Fair.