Caro­line-Dorch­ester Fair opens to­day

Times-Record - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

— The Au­gust tra­di­tion re­turns with the open­ing of the 2017 Caro­line-Dorch­ester County Fair Wed­nes­day, Aug. 2, at the Caro­line 4-H Park on De­tour Road off state Route 16 east of Den­ton, and runs through Satur­day, Aug. 5.

The fair gives 4-H’ers a com­pre­hen­sive com­pe­ti­tion to show­case their agri­cul­tural dis­plays, live­stock and pet pro­jects, as well as their bak­ing, can­ning, culi­nary and sewing skills. The 4-H fair also pro­vides a means of ed­u­cat­ing the pub­lic of the im­por­tance of farm­ing to the na­tion and the hard work and tal­ents that go into it.

The fair also features rides and games for chil­dren of all ages.

Hours for the fair are 4 to 10 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Aug. 2; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thurs­day, Aug. 3; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fri­day, Aug. 5; and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Satur­day, Aug. 6.

Ad­mis­sion Wed­nes­day on open­ing night is free cour­tesy of the cham­ber of com­merces in Caro­line and Dorch­ester coun­ties.

Open­ing day features the Royal Pageant to crown the Lit­tle Princess, Princess and Queen of the Caro­lineDorch­ester County Fair, which will be held at 6 p.m. A fried chicken din­ner will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Reger Pav­il­ion. The amuse­ment area opens at 5 p.m.

One of the most pop­u­lar events is the 4-H Cake Auc­tion, which be­gins at 7:30 p.m. in Reger Pav­il­ion. The auc­tion will be held like any other, with the high­est bidder walk­ing away with a dec­o­rated cake baked by an award­win­ning 4-H’er. Cakes have been en­tered in three cat­e­gories — spe­cial oc­ca­sion, nov­elty and Mary­land 4-H cake.

The nightly din­ners are al­ways a big draw, with the crab cake din­ner on Thurs­day night, a beef din­ner on Fri­day and bar­be­cue chicken on Satur­day.

Guests can come to the fair Thurs­day for $1 with the do­na­tion of a canned item to the Mary­land Food Bank. Thurs­day also is chil­dren’s day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with story time at 11 a.m. and games at noon.

Thurs­day also features the open meat goat show at 10 a.m. and the open swine show at 6 p.m. The Jones Boys will per­form from 7 to 10 p.m.

Fri­day be­gins with the open beef show at 10 a.m. with the horse speed event at 3 p.m.

The elite pre­mier show­man also will be crowned Fri­day as the top Caro­line-Dorch­ester 4-H’ers com­pete in a four­round live­stock han­dling show­case.

Erica Will­ing won the 2016 elite pre­mier show­man crown after beat­ing the two other top Caro­line-Dorch­ester 4-H’ers in a four-round live­stock han­dling show­case.

She beat 2014 Elite Show­man Paul Saathoff of Den­ton and Caro­line Saathoff of Den­ton in show­ing cows, pigs, goats and sheep. The trio made the elite show­case after being named the top 4-H show­man in their re­spec­tive live­stock han­dling con­tests.

The events con­tinue Fri­day af­ter­noon with the dress a goat con­test in the live­stock ring at 6 p.m. Mike Hines will be per­form­ing from 7 to 10 p.m.

Satur­day features the horse show and the rab­bit and cavy show at 9 a.m. The baby con­test will be in front of the Reger Pav­il­ion at 11 a.m. The baby con­test is for chil­dren 6 months to 3 years old. Pr­ereg­is­tra­tion is re­quired for the baby con­test by 3 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Aug. 5, and can be done at the fair.

Joust­ing will be from noon to 3 p.m. and will be fol­lowed at 3 p.m. by the pet show. Reg­is­tra­tion for the pet show will be at 2 p.m.

Satur­day’s events cul­mi­nate with the 4-H Live­stock Auc­tion and a con­cert fea­tur­ing Small Town Show­down. The auc­tion be­gins at 6 p.m. The con­cert be­gins at 7 p.m.

Fair ad­mis­sion is $2 per per­son for ages 13 and over, and in­cludes park­ing. Chil­dren 12 years old and un­der have free ad­mis­sion. For a com­plete sched­ule and more in­for­ma­tion on the county fair, visit the fair’s web­site, www.caro­line-dorch­ester­coun­ty­fair. org.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

4-H’er Erica Will­ing holds the tro­phy for win­ning the 2016 Caro­line-Dorch­ester County Fair Elite Pre­mier Show­case. Will­ing is joined by fel­low fi­nal­ists Paul Saathoff, left, and Caro­line Saathoff, right, and judge Sam Long.

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