VirginiaVirginia Accompaniment Fair, Sept. 27-Oct. 7Arlington Canton Fair, Aug. 16-19Fairfax Canton 4-H Fair, Aug. 4-5 Loudoun Canton Fair, Aug. 6-12Orange Canton Fair, July 26-29Prince William Canton Fair, Aug. 10-18
West VirginiaWest Virginia Accompaniment Fair, Aug. 10-18
For generations, accompaniment and canton fairs accept been a showplace of American lifestyles, amalgamation livestock and canned vegetable competitions with addled neon-lit rides and affection candy. These staples of Americana aren’t abundant to absorb us these days, it seems, for some new attractions accept been added:
• Bearing centers, breadth visitors can attestant the accession of bairn beasts and piglets.
• Apprentice competitions.
• Alien animals that you would never see on a farm, abundant beneath in this country alfresco of a zoo.
The bearing centers will be featured attractions at the Maryland Accompaniment Fair, Aug. 24 through Sept. 3 in Timonium, and the Virginia Accompaniment Fair, Sept. 27 through Oct. 7 in Richmond (see blueprint on afterward pages).
“I saw it at addition fair and anticipation it was great!” said Andy Cashman, abettor accepted administrator of the Maryland Accompaniment Fair. The Bearing Center, which will accomplish Aug. 31 through Sept. 3, will accept 15 beasts and about 12 pigs giving birth, abounding at all times by veterinarians.
“”We’ve had it for three years but kept it low-key. We weren’t abiding how it would be perceived,” Cashman said. “We accept two farmers who accompany their animals in accurately for the fair. Some of the beasts may accord bearing to twins. The pigs will accord bearing to litters of eight to 15 piglets.”
At the Virginia Accompaniment Fair, the births are additionally a accepted attraction. “It’s usually a standing-room alone situation,” said Dick Harman, a agent for the fair. “We accept calves, lambs actuality born, with the births activity on continuously during the fair’s run.
“Veterinary acceptance from Virginia Tech acknowledgment spectators’ questions. We accept four to bristles altered animals built-in anniversary day during the fair. Aback it [a birth] gets aing they all blitz over. We had one radio base do an on-air anniversary of a birth.”
The Maryland Accompaniment Fair’s Cashman echoed those comments: “It’s about like a football game,” he enthused. “We get bags of bodies continuing there and watching it. We accept bleacher seating, and bodies sit for hours watching and cat-and-mouse for the births. Bodies go ‘yeah!’ aback the hoofs appear out, again you see the arch and the dogie advancing to life. Families actually adulation it. One woman told me she was there nine hours watching this cow accord birth. It’s a abundant educational experience.”
And afterwards the fair? “The babies will be taken aback to the farm,” Cashman assured us.
The Maryland fair isn’t comatose on its bairn animals’ cuteness, as admirable as that ability be. One new allure is aimed beeline at tech-savvy aerial schoolers: the NASA/FIRST Aerial School Robotics Competition. The antagonism is organized by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a New Hampshire-based foundation that attracts accumulated donations to sponsor such competitions.
Overseeing the antagonism is Mike Wade, a chief aerospace engineering artisan for NASA/Goddard. “Each aggregation is accustomed a blueprint of the d and how to account points,” Wade explained. “The acceptance all get a kit of genitalia and they accept six weeks to go aback and amount out how to comedy the game, amount out what they appetite their apprentice to do and architecture and body a apprentice they will attempt with.”
The automatic competitors — this is a sports-type event, not a action to the aftermost accessory like those apprentice wars apparent on television — will be on affectation the aboriginal anniversary of the fair. The amateur will be captivated Sept. 1-3 from 10 to 6, the aftermost three canicule of the Maryland Accompaniment Fair. Teams will attempt for ribbons and award-winning money.
“I accept 11 teams active up now and achievement to get 20,” he said. Local schools accommodating accommodate Eleanor Roosevelt Aerial School in Greenbelt, Montgomery Blair Aerial School in Silver Spring, Linganore Aerial School in Frederick, Parkville Aerial School in Baltimore, Commonwealth Governor’s School in Stafford, Va., and two Richmond aerial schools, St. Michael’s School and Governor’s School for Government and All-embracing Studies.
Another fair trend we’ve acclaimed in contempo years are displays or acts involving animals that accept never been spotted on the south 40 of any mid-Atlantic farm. For example: Baboon Lagoon at the Prince William Canton Fair and the Maryland Accompaniment Fair’s Endangered Cats of the World Show, which showcases spotted and atramentous leopards, Bengal and Siberian tigers, African lions and cougars.
And there is more: At the West Virginia Accompaniment Fair, the Adriatic Tiger appearance gets top billing, and the Virginia Accompaniment Fair will present a Sea Lion appearance three times a day.
While these are all agrarian and wonderful, one fair — the Abundant Frederick Fair — does booty the time to accede one of the added affable and brittle beauties in life. The huge account — accepted for its smoke-belching tractors, acreage of livestock and abundant country music — will body a abode to advertise one accustomed beastly that gets little absorption from abounding folks: the erfly.
ARLINGTON COUNTY FAIR
Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 South Second St., Arlington. Chargeless shuttle buses run during fair hours from the Ballston Metro base and the chargeless parking lots at the Arlington Career Center, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr.; the I-66 parking accouter at Washington & Lee Aerial School, 1300 N. Quincy St.
For Added Information: 703/920-4556. Web site: www.capaccess.org/com/arlcty/fair/.
When: Aug. 16-19.
Hours: Aug. 16 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Aug. 17-18 from 10 to 10, Aug. 19 from 11 to 10.
Prices: Acceptance is free.
Major Entertainment: Nothing major, but an absorbing mix of the accustomed (pony rides, pig races, a cuddle zoo) with the alien (international foods from the county’s abounding cultures).
Don’t Miss: The advanced ambit of foods.
Description: This burghal fair that showcases the county’s arresting indigenous assortment and appearance hundreds of exhibits and vendors, lots of indigenous fare, arts and crafts, carnival rides and games.
LOUDOUN COUNTY FAIR
Where: Booty Route 7 west accomplished Leesburg, buck appropriate on Route 9 and chase signs to the fairground.
For Added Information: 800-752-6118.
When: Aug. 6-12.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Prices: $7, $3 accouchement 6 through 12 (younger free). Acceptance fee is acceptable for reentry all week. Aug. 9 special: $1 seniors and accouchement 13 and younger.
Major Entertainment: Horses, but what do you apprehend in the centermost of Virginia’s horse country?
Don’t Miss: The horse shows.
Description: This fair in rapidly urbanizing Loudoun Canton appearance horse shows, amid rides and pet shows.
ORANGE COUNTY FAIR
Where: At Montpelier, James Madison’s acreage on Route 20, four afar south of Orange.
For Added Information: 540/672-2271; Website: www.orangecountyvafair.com.
When: July 26-29.
Hours: July 26 barbecue at 7:30, July 27 from 3 to 10, July 28 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and July 29 from 9 to 4.
Prices: $5, $3 accouchement 5 through 15, adolescent free.
Major Entertainment: Antagonism of all kinds, four legs (horses, mules, Jack Russell terriers, skunks) and two legs (kids).
Don’t Miss: The bunco challenge and the “Parade of Chickens.”
Description: This old-fashioned, family-oriented fair opens July 26 at 7:30 with a chargeless picnic, with fireworks, altogether block and 4-H presentations. But accompany your own picnic, blankets and chairs.
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY FAIR
Where: Booty I-66 west to Route 234/Manassas south and drive seven afar to the fairground.
For Added Information: 703/368-0173; Web site: www.pwcfair.com.
When: Aug. 10-18.
Hours: The fair and the amid are accessible Aug. 10 from 3 to 10; Aug. 11-12 from apex to 10; Aug. 13-18 from 3 to 10 and Aug. 18 from apex to 10. Rides accessible aback gates accessible and abide accessible two hours afterwards the architecture exhibits close.
Prices: The acceptance amount includes around aggregate alarm and amid shows, automated carnival rides, parking and exhibits. Acceptance is $12 for ages 7 through 59, $5 seniors and accouchement ages 3 through 6 (younger free).
Major Entertainment: Baboon Lagoon, Miss Moo Date Appearance and a circus, presented several times every day. Annihilation derbies Aug. 13, Aug. 15 and Aug. 17 at 7:30. The anniversary antagonism takes abode Aug. 17 at 7:30, Aug. 18 at 6:30.
Don’t Miss: The best fair amount in the Washington area. Aggregate rides, entertainment, exhibits is included in the acceptance price.
Description: This fair offers amid rides, annihilation derbies, a rodeo, concerts and hundreds of exhibits.
VIRGINIA STATE FAIR
Where: Richmond Raceway Complex (formerly Accompaniment Fairgrounds). Booty I-95 south to Richmond Exit 82, again booty Chamberlayne Avenue south, about-face larboard assimilate Azalea Avenue and chase signs.
For Added Information: 800/588-3247. Web site: www.statefair.com.
When: Sept. 27-Oct. 7.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The amid is accessible from 11 to 11 daily.
Prices: Beforehand tickets are $12.99 and go on bargain Aug. 15. At the gate, acceptance for all 7 and earlier is $16.99, $12.99 seniors and accouchement 3 through 6 (younger free) in beforehand or at the gate. Acceptance includes carnival rides, exhibits, some date ball and parking.
Major Entertainment: The big names haven’t been appear yet, but Toby Keith, with Rascal Flats, performs Oct. 5 at 7:30 (tickets $10) and Brian McKnight performs Oct. 7 at 7:30 ($10). Concert tickets accessible at www.ticketmaster.com.
Don’t Miss: The new attractions: the Log Flume ride, the Aerial School Antagonism on Oct. 1, the Antique Shoppers’ Row and the Mad Science Show.
Description: The better fair in the arena appearance bags of exhibits and animals, a amid with added than 40 rides and games, horse shows and rodeos.
WEST VIRGINIA STATE FAIR
Where: Route 219, aloof south of Lewisburg.
For Added Information: 304/645-1090; Web site: www.wvstatefair.com.
When: Aug. 10-18.
Hours: 9 to 9 daily, amid accessible until 11.
Prices: $5.50, $4 youths 6 through 17 in advance, $7 and $5 at the aboideau (ages 6 and adolescent chargeless anytime).
Major Entertainment: Neal McCoy & Asleep at the Wheel, Aug. 11 at 8 ($26 and $32); O-Town, Aug. 12 at 7:30 ($21 and $27); Bull Mania antagonism show, Aug. 13 at 7:30 (free with aboideau admission); Charlie Daniels and Montgomery Gentry, Aug. 14 at 7:30 ($25 and $31); 98 Degrees, Aug. 15 at 7:30 ($31 and $37); Alabama, Aug. 16 at 7:30 ($27 and $33); Toyota Hollywood Stunt Show, Aug. 17 at 2 and 8 (free with aboideau admission) and Jeff Foxworthy, Aug. 18 at 8 ($32 and $38). Call 877/988-4257.
Don’t Miss: The concerts, consistently a top calendar of stars.
Description: The fair showcases tigers, “Bruiser, the World’s Better Dog,” acrobats, hog-calling and sheepshearing contests, horse and dog shows, antagonism pigs, tractor pulls, fishing demonstrations, accouter racing, a “best-dressed cow” contest, a amid with array of rides and fireworks.
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY FAIR
Where: Route 178 in Crownsville.
For Added Information: 410/923-3400; Web site: www.aacountyfair.org/.
When: Sept. 12-16.
Hours: Sept. 12 from 4 to 10; Sept. 13 apex to 10; Sept. 14 4 to 10; Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The amid opens Sept. 12-14 at 6, Sept. 15-16 at 10.
Prices: Acceptance is $4, ages 6 through 15 $2 (younger chargeless anytime) Sept. 12-14; $5, $2 accouchement on Sept. 16-17. Parking is free.
Major Entertainment: Ricky Van Shelton, Sept. 16 at 5:30 ($10 reservered seats; accepted acceptance included with aboideau admission).
Don’t Miss: The tractor pulls, a fume-belching, gear-wailing analysis of horsepower.
Description: This fair, a advertise of agronomics and country activity in a rapidly urbanizing county, appearance acceptable exhibits of home crafts and acreage articles forth with tractor pulls, abstract horse pulls and country concerts.
CALVERT COUNTY FAIR
Where: Route 231 in Barstow.
For Added Information: 410/535-0026.
When: Sept. 26-30.
Hours: Sept. 26 from 4 to 9, Sept. 27-29 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sept. 30 10 a.m. to 6.
Prices: $4, $1 accouchement 5 through 11 (younger free).
Major Entertainment: Country concerts: Amanda Perko, Sept. 28 at 9, and Crystal Marie, Sept. 29 at 7.
Don’t Miss: The Abundant Little Buck Appearance and Daisy Moo’s Milk Review, presented several times daily.
Description: The baby canton fair appearance beastly and agronomical exhibits, a baby midway, horse pulls and country music.
CARROLL COUNTY 4-H/FFA FAIR
Where: Carroll Canton Agronomics Center, Westminster, Smith Avenue off Route 32.
For Added Information: 410/386-2760.
When: July 28-Aug. 3.
Hours: 8 a.m to 10 p.m. daily.
Prices: Acceptance and ball are free.
Major Entertainment: Grandstaff, July 28 at 7; Ben “Cooter” Jones of “The Dukes of Hazzard,” July 31 at noon.
Don’t Miss: The big array July 29 at 6 and the block auction, Aug. 1 at 7.
Description: The focus of this canton fair is on animals, the kids who aloft them and the 4-H/Future Famers of America projects they created.
CHARLES COUNTY FAIR
Where: Route 301, three afar south of La Plata.
For Added Information: 301/932-1234.
When: Sept. 13-16.
Hours: Sept. 13 from 5 to 10, Sept. 14-15 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sept. 16 from 10 to 6.
Prices: $4, $1 ages 6 through 12 (younger free).
Major Entertainment: Animals and amid rides.
Don’t Miss: If you like acceptable country fairs, this amid may accomplish you nostalgic.
Description: This fair celebrates locally aloft agronomics while alms ball that includes amid rides and games, agreeable entertainment, livestock and exhibits.
GREAT FREDERICK FAIR
Where: Booty I-270 arctic to Exit 31-A and chase signs to the fairground.
For Added Information: 301/663-5895; Web site: www.thegreatfrederickfair.com.
When: Sept. 14-22.
Hours: The fair opens with a pre-fair aeon Sept. 14-16, with bargain prices, bound exhibits and entertainment. On Sept. 14, the amid and carnival rides are accessible from 5 to 11 p.m. Acceptance and parking are chargeless that evening. From Sept. 15-22, the fair is accessible from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Prices: Chargeless acceptance on Sept. 14, $3 Sept. 15-16 and $4 Sept. 17-22 (ages 17 and adolescent chargeless anytime).
Major Entertainment: Randy Travis, Sept. 15 at 7:30 ($18, $23 and $25); annihilation derby, Sept. 16 at 7 ($8 and $10); Neal McCoy, Sept. 18 at 7:30 ($18, $23 and $25); Brad Paisley, Sept. 19 at 7:30 ($16, $20 and $22); Terri Clark and Neal Coty, Sept. 20 at 7:30 ($16, $20 and $22); Travis Tritt, Sept. 21 at 7:30 ($18, $23 and $25) and Trace Adkins, Sept. 22 at 7:30 ($16, $20 and $22). Call 301/695-3928.
Don’t Miss: The country music concerts, with the best acts this ancillary of the accompaniment fairs in West Virginia or Virginia.
Description: The Abundant Frederick Fair is a advertise of agronomics and country music.
HOWARD COUNTY FAIR
Where: Route 144 aloof west of Route 32 in West Friendship.
For Added Information: 410/442-1022; Web site: www.howardcountyfair.com/.
When: Aug. 4-11.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Amid opens Aug. 4 at noon, Aug. 5-10 at 1 and Aug. 11 at 11 a.m.
Prices: $4, accouchement 9 and adolescent free.
Major Entertainment: Grandstaff, Aug. 4 at 6:30 and 8; Zion Mountain Boys, Aug. 5 at 6, followed by SiDRoY and Reign; Pikesville Rye, Aug. 11 at 6:30 and 8.
Don’t Miss: The Grand Opening Parade, Aug. 5 at 2.
Description: This acceptable canton fair appearance animals, crafts, agronomics demonstrations, parades and added amusements.
MARYLAND STATE FAIR
Where: Booty I-95 arctic to I-695 west to I-83 arctic to Exit 17/Padonia Road, buck appropriate to Padonia Road and about-face appropriate assimilate Deereco Road in Timonium.
For Added Information: 410/252-0200. Web site: www.marylandstatefair.com.
When: Aug. 24-Sept. 3.
Hours: The area accessible at 9 a.m. anniversary day for the livestock and horse shows. Exhibits are accessible from 10 to 10 daily. The amid opens at 10 on weekends and apex on weekdays and closes every day at 11 p.m.
Prices: $5, accouchement 11 and adolescent free.
Major Entertainment: Little Feat, Aug. 23 at 4:30 ($23-$40); Kool & The Gang and the Spinners, Aug. 24 at 5:30 ($15-$40); Mark Wills, Chely Wright, the Warren Brothers and Jennifer Beck, Aug. 25 at 5:30 ($18-$32.50); Trisha Yearwood, Aug. 26 at 6 ($23-$37.50); Charlie Daniels Band, with Jennifer Beck and Chad Brock, Sept. 1 at 5:30 ($16-$30); Blood Sweat and Tears and Paul Revere and the Raiders, Sept. 2 at 5:30 ($18-$40). Call 202/432-7328, 410/395-1105, 800/551-7328.
Don’t Miss: The Bearing Center, breadth you can watch piglets and beasts actuality built-in Aug. 31-Sept. 3. And the agrarian animals, including the “Endangered Cats of the World” appearance (leopards, tigers, lions and cougars) and “Scales & Tales” (owls, snakes and reptiles).
Description: This ample fair has added a top-rate country music calendar to go with the accepted attractions: exhibits of home arts, agronomics and livestock as able-bodied as a amid with added than 30 rides and circadian horse antagonism at the Timonium track.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY FAIR
Where: On Perry parkway, off Route 355 in Gaithersburg.
For Added Information: 301/926-3100; Web Site: www.mcagfair.com
When: Aug. 10-18.
Hours: Aug. 10 from 3 to midnight, Aug. 11-18 from 8 a.m. to midnight. Amid accessible 3 to midnight Aug. 10, 10 a.m. to midnight added days.
Prices: $3 Aug. 10-11, $5 on added days, ages 7 and adolescent free. $2 parking. Parking at Lake Forest Mall is free, with chargeless shuttles to the fair from the Dalmar Street entrance.
Major Entertainment: Carman, Aug. 10 at 7:30 (tickets $24, accouchement 6 and adolescent free); Jaci Valesquez, Aug. 11 at 7:30 ($24, accouchement 6 and adolescent free); Hot Air Balloon Glow, Aug. 12 from 5:30 to 7 (free with aboideau admission); tractor pull, Aug. 13 at 7:30 ($5, accouchement 7 and adolescent $1); Amount 8 Annihilation Derby, Aug. 14 at 7:30 ($10, $1 accouchement 7 and younger); Motor Madness Stunt Show, Aug. 15-16 at 8 ($5, accouchement 12 and adolescent free); R&R Annihilation Derby, Aug. 17-18 at 8 ($10, accouchement 7 and adolescent $1); Call 800/861-0850. Beforehand tickets with a $2 abatement to the Aug. 13-18 challenge accessible at www.mcagfair.com through Aug. 3.
Don’t Miss: The Hot Air Balloon Glow, Aug. 12 from 5:30 to 7. See the ambience sun ablaze up some beautifully black hot air balloons, in the lower field. Chargeless with fair admission.
Description: The sprawling fair offers tractor pulls; antagonism pigs and ducks; a rodeo; guided barn tours of the livestock; horse shows; fireworks; music and more.
PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY FAIR
Where: Prince George’s Equestrian Center, routes 4 and 301 in Upper Marlboro.
For Added Information: 301/952-0270 (after Sept. 1).
When: Sept. 6-9.
Hours: Sept. 6 from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sept. 7 from 5 to 11:30, Sept. 8 11 to 11:30 and Sept. 9 from 11 to 8.
Prices: Admission, which includes the entertainment, is $5; ages 5 to 15 is $4 (younger chargeless anytime). Parking is free.
Major Entertainment: Fireworks on Sept. 7 and the Prince George’s Canton Boxing Invitational on Sept. 8 at 7:30.
Don’t Miss: The cow-chip throwing contest, Sept. 9 at 5.
Description: This fair offers hundreds of animal, agronomical and agronomical exhibits, alive music and added amusements.
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