Don't forget, there's more to do this time of year than get the kids ready to go back to school. County and state fairs are in high gear all over the area, with livestock shows, tractor pulls, live music, art exhibits and horse races galore.

In Maryland:

* The state fair gets rolling this Saturday and Sunday at the State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Highlights include horse races throughout the day, and live music with the Hubcaps at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, and 9 p.m. Sunday. Hours are 10 to 10 for exhibit halls, noon to 11 for the midway. Admission is $2.50, free for children under 12. 301/252-0200.

* It's also the last weekend for the Montgomery County Fair in Gaithersburg, and Canadian country star Ronnie Prophet will close out the fair Saturday night with two shows at 8 and 10. Hours are 7 a.m. to midnight. Admission is $3, $2 for those under 16 and free for children under 12. 926-3100 or 948-5794.

In Virginia, the following fairs are on tap:

* Arlington County Fair at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 Second Street South. Hours are 10 to 9 Friday and Saturday, noon to 6 Sunday. 558-2475. It's free.

* Page Valley Agricultural and Industrial Fair in Luray this Friday and Saturday. Hours are 6 to midnight Friday, 2:30 to midnight Saturday. Admission is $2, $1 for those under 13 and free for children under six. 703/743-5665.

* Clarke County Fair in Berryville this Friday and Saturday. Hours are 8 a.m. to midnight. Admission is $2, $1 for those under 16 and free for children under five. 703/955-1947

* Greater Shenandoah Valley Fair in Waynesboro Friday and Saturday. Hours are 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is $2.50 for parking, $2 for the grandstand. Call 703/943-9336.

* Shenandoah County Fair in Woodstock this Sunday. Hours are noon to midnight. Admission is $2.50, free for school children; $1 for parking. 703/459-3867.