137th Mary­land State Fair runs through La­bor Day

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By: LISA HAR­LOW

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.

He­li­copter Rides

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.

Birthing Cen­ter

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.

COUR­TESY OF THE MD STATE FAIR

About 40 rides and more than 30 games of skill will be fea­tured at this year’s Mary­land State Fair.

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