Here is a list of nearby state and county fairs:


ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY FAIR -- This fair, Sept. 15-19, is a showcase of agriculture and country life in a county where both are rapidly disappearing. The fair features traditional exhibits of home crafts and farm products along with tractor pulls, draft horse pulls and country concerts. Hours: Sept. 15 from 4 to 11; Sept. 16 noon to 11; Sept. 17 10 to 11; Sept. 18 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sept. 19 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The midway opens Sept. 15-17 at 6, Sept. 18-19 at 10. Admission is $4 for all 16 and older ($5 on Sept. 18-19). Parking is free. The fairground is on Route 178 in Crownsville. Call 410/923-3400, Option 6. Web site:

CALVERT COUNTY FAIR -- This small county fair, Sept. 29-Oct. 3, features animal and agricultural exhibits, a small midway, a horse pull and country music. The fair is open Sept. 29 from 4 to 9, Sept. 30-Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to around 10 p.m. and Oct. 3 from 11 to 6. The midway opens Sept. 29-30 at 5, Oct. 1 at 9, Oct. 2 at 10 and Oct. 3 at noon. Admission is $4 for ages 12 and older, $1 children 6 through 11 (younger free). Sept. 29 is "Feed the Needy Night," with admission by a donation of canned goods or $1. Senior citizens and disabled visitors admitted free Sept. 30 from 9 to 4. The fairground is on Route 231 in Barstow, Md. Call 410/535-0026.

CHARLES COUNTY FAIR -- This fair, Sept. 16-19, celebrates locally raised agriculture while offering entertainment that includes pig races, clogging contests, chain saw carving and a carnival. The fair is open Sept. 16 from 4 to 10, Sept. 17-18 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. (exhibits open to 9 p.m.) and Sept. 19 from 10 to 7. Admission is $4 for ages 13 and older, $1 for ages 6 through 12 (younger free). From the Beltway, take Route 5 south to Route 301; the fairground entrance is on Route 301 three miles south of La Plata. Call 301/932-1234 or 301/932-1300 (recording of fair schedule).

GREAT FREDERICK FAIR -- The Great Frederick Fair, Sept. 17-25, is a showcase of agriculture that also features country music stars John Michael Montgomery, Toby Keith and Billy Ray; harness racing; a demolition derby and a midway with more than 30 rides and scores of other games and attractions. The fair opens with a pre-fair period Sept. 17-19, with reduced prices, limited exhibits and entertainment. On Sept. 17, the midway and carnival rides are open from 5 to 11 p.m. Admission is free that evening. From Sept. 18-25, the fair is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Admission is free before 3 Sept. 18 and $2 afterward; ages 10 and younger free.) On Sept. 19, the midway opens at noon (admission that day is $2, ages 10 and younger free). Sept. 21-26, the fair is open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; the midway opens at 1 p.m. Sept. 21, 22 and 24; at 2 Sept. 23; and at 10 Sept. 25-26. Admission Sept. 20-25 is $3, ages 10 and younger free. Parking is $2 Sept. 18-19, $3 on other days. Seniors admitted free Sept. 21-23 before 6 p.m. The major entertainment features harness racing Sept. 21-24 at 1 (admission included) and these events: John Michael Montgomery on Sept. 18 at 7:30 (tickets $18, $22 and $25); Terri Clark on Sept. 19 at 7 ($16, $20 and $22); Toby Keith on Sept. 21 at 7:30 ($16, $20 and $22); demolition derby on Sept. 22 at 7 ($10); Bryan White on Sept. 23 at 7:30 ($16, $20 and $22); Billy Ray Cyrus on Sept. 24 at 7:30 ($16, $20 and $22); Sammy Kershaw on Sept. 25 at 7:30 ($16, $20 and $22). Call 301/663-5895 for tickets (weekdays from 9 to 4). The tickets can be ordered on the Internet (Web site address below). From the Beltway, take I-270 North to Exit 31-A and follow signs to the fairground. Call 301/663-5895. Web site:

HOWARD COUNTY FAIR -- This traditional county fair runs Aug. 7-14 and features animals, crafts, threshing demonstrations, parades and other amusements. Hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. On Aug. 7, the midway opens in the afternoon (exact time to be announced) and runs until 11 p.m. The midway is open Aug. 8 through Aug. 13 from 1 to 11 and Aug. 14 from 11 to 11. Admission is $3 for ages 10 and older (younger free anytime) on weekdays from 8 to 3; $4 at all other times; seniors $2 (free from 9 to noon Aug. 10). Parking is free. The major entertainment, which is included with the admission price, features daily horse shows, and the Windy Ridge Blue Grass Band Aug. 7 at 7 and 8; a grand opening parade Aug. 8 at 2, followed by the Zion Mountain Boys at 5 and 7; Gene Roads and Long Lonesome Highway Aug. 9 at 7; NBHA Open Barrel Racing Aug. 10 at 6 and the Glenelg Jazz Band Aug. 10 at 7; Amateur Variety Show, Aug. 12 at 8; Browingsville Cornet Band on Aug. 13 at 8, followed by Detour at 8:30 and 9:30; and on Aug. 14 a horse pull at 10:30, a tractor pull at 3 and Young Guns at 7 and 8. The fair is at the Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Rd., West Friendship (on Route 144 one-half mile west of Route 32). Call 410/442-1022.

MARYLAND STATE FAIR -- This large fair runs from Aug. 27 through Labor Day (Sept. 6) and features exhibits of home arts, agriculture and livestock as well as a midway with more than 30 rides and daily horse racing at the Timonium track. The grounds open at 8 a.m. each day for the livestock and horse shows. Exhibits are open from 10 to 10 daily. The midway opens at 10 on weekends and noon on weekdays and closes every day at 11 p.m. Admission, which includes the 10-race program of horse racing at 1 p.m. daily, is $4 for ages 12 and older (younger free). Free parking is available at the park-and-ride facility located behind the Cow Palace on the west side of the fairground. Take I-95 north to I-695 west to I-83 north to Exit 17/Padonia Road, bear right to Padonia Road and turn right onto Deereco Road for the park-and-ride lot. For the other lots (parking $1 or $2, depending on the distance from the fair), remain on Padonia Road, turn right at York Road and follow signs. Call 410/252-0200, Ext. 226.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY FAIR -- The sprawling fair, running Aug. 13-21, offers tractor pulls; racing pigs, ducks and goats; strolling entertainers; sheep dog demonstrations; horse shows; fireworks; a concert by Daryle Singletary and Ricochet and more. The fair opens with a "pre-fair" phase, which offers the carnival rides, entertainment and some exhibits. The pre-fair is open Aug. 13 from 3 to midnight and Aug. 14 from 8 a.m. to midnight. The whole fair is open Aug. 15 through Aug. 21 from 8 a.m. to midnight. The midway is open Aug. 13 from 3 to midnight, Aug. 14 through Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. to midnight. Admission to the "pre-fair" is $3 Aug. 13-14, $5 Aug. 15-21 (seniors free on Aug. 17; ages 11 and younger free anytime). The major entertainment is included with fair admission if no prices are listed. The schedule: a Semi Truck & Tractor Pull, Aug. 13 at 7 (admission $5, $1 children 11 and younger); Skid Steer Rodeo, Aug. 14 at 7; Horse Pull, Aug. 15 at 7; Orquestra la Romana concert, Aug. 16 at 7; Fight Gravity concert, Aug. 17 at 8 ($5); Hollywood Toyota Stunt Car Show, Aug. 18 at 8; the Singletary/Ricochet concert, Aug. 19 at 8; R&R Demolition Derby, Aug. 20-21 at 8 ($10, $1 children 11 and younger; $15 for both nights). Free shuttle buses will operate every 10 minutes from the Lakeforest Mall parking lots between 8 a.m. and midnight daily during the fair. There will be one wheelchair-accessible vehicle per shift. The fairground entrance is on Perry Parkway, just off Route 355 opposite the Lakeforest Mall in the heart of Gaithersburg. Call 301/963-3247. Web site:

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY FAIR -- This fair, Sept. 9-12, offers hundreds of animal, horticultural and agricultural exhibits, live music, monster truck shows and other amusements. The fair is open Sept. 9 from 5 to 11; Sept. 10 from 5 to midnight; Sept. 11 from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission, which includes the entertainment, is $5, ages 9 and younger free anytime. Parking is free. The fair is at the Prince George's Equestrian Center, at Routes 4 and 301 in Upper Marlboro. Call 301/579-2598 or 301/952-0270 (after Sept. 1).

ST. MARY'S COUNTY FAIR -- This small county fair, Sept. 23-26, features some unusual events, such as the crowning of a "Queen of Tolerance," a reference to the divisive religious prejudices that wracked the colony of Maryland centuries ago, to the more mundane pig races and "stuffed ham" contests celebrating a local dish. The fair and the midway are open Sept. 23 from 4 to 9, Sept. 24-25 from 9 a.m. to 10, Sept. 26 from 9 to 6. Admission is $4 adults, $1 children 6 to 16 (younger free); fair passes are $7 adults, $2 children. Parking is free. The fairground is on Route 5, two miles south of Leonardtown. Call 301/475-8434; after Sept. 20, call 301/475-2256.

WORCESTER COUNTY FAIR -- The Worcester County Fair, Aug. 13-15, is an attractive and inexpensive diversion for sun-worshipers weary of the shore, only 20 miles away. The fair is open Aug. 13 from noon to 9, Aug. 14 from 10 to 8 and Aug. 15 from 10 to 4. Activities include various livestock judging contests -- pigs, goats, rabbits, swine and beef, for example -- plus arts and crafts, strolling bagpipers, a cake and pie auction and a gospel jamboree on Aug. 15 at 12:30. Admission is $3, free for children high school age and younger with an adult. The fair is at the Furnace Town Historic Site, on Route 12 in Snow Hill, Md. Call 410/632-2032 or 410/632-1972.


ARLINGTON COUNTY FAIR -- Admission is free to this Aug. 19-22 suburban fair that showcases the county's ethnic diversity and features hundreds of exhibits and vendors, carnival rides and games. The fair is open Aug. 19 from 5 to 10; Aug. 20-21 from 10 to 10 and Aug. 22 from 11 to 6. The fair is at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 Second St. South, Arlington. Free shuttle buses run during fair hours from the Ballston Metro station and the free parking lots at the Arlington Career Center, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr.; the I-66 parking deck at Washington & Lee High School, 1300 N. Quincy St.; and Culpeper Garden, 4435 N. Pershing Dr. Call 703/228-6400. Web site:

LOUDOUN COUNTY FAIR -- This fair in rapidly urbanizing Loudoun County is Aug. 4-8 and features horse shows, midway rides, pet shows and a tug of war. The fair is open 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. The midway opens at 6 Aug. 4-6, at 1 Aug. 7 and at 12:30 Aug. 8. Admission, which is good for all five days, is $5, $3 children 6 through 12 (younger free). Seniors admitted for free Aug. 5. Take Route 7 west past Leesburg, bear right on Route 9 and follow signs to the fairground. Call 703/777-0343.

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY FAIR -- The best fair value in the metropolitan area, this one-price-for-all fair opens its nine-day run Aug. 13 at noon and offers midway rides, demolition derbies, a rodeo, concerts and hundreds of exhibits. The fair runs through Aug. 21, from noon to 10 (midnight if the crowds are large). The midway opens at 2 and remains open until two hours after the gates close. The admission price includes virtually everything -- carnival rides, grandstand entertainment, parking and exhibits. Admission is $10 for ages 7 through 59, $4 seniors and children ages 3 through 6 (younger free). The entertainment features a concert by Jaci Velasquez, Aug. 13 at 8; a truck and tractor pull, Aug. 14 at 7 and Aug. 15 at 2; wrestling, Aug. 16 at 8; a concert by the Fox Brothers followed by fireworks, Aug. 17 at 8; a demolition derby, Aug. 18 and Aug. 19 at 7:30; concerts by Crescent Moon followed by the Wilkinsons. Aug. 20 at 7; and a rodeo, Aug. 21 at 6:30. Take I-66 west to Route 234/Manassas south and drive seven miles to the fairground. Call 703/368-0173.

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY FAIR -- Three concerts, a tractor pull, a demolition derby, a rodeo and fair fare -- animals, barbecue and agricultural exhibits -- make this a fun event. The fair is open Aug. 16 from 4 to 10 and Aug. 17-21 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. The midway opens at 6 p.m. daily except Aug. 18 (4 p.m.) and Aug. 21 (1 p.m.). Admission Aug. 16 is $6 for two adults and accompanying children 12 and younger or $3 for one adult and accompanying children 12 and younger. Admission Aug. 17-20 is $4, $1 children 7 through 12 (younger free). Admission Aug. 21 is $1 for everyone 7 and older (younger free) before 5; and after 5, $3 adults and $1 children 7 through 12. Daily Showcase Tent entertainment includes hypnotist Ken Holloway, Aug. 16 at 6:30 and 8:30, Aug. 17 at 7:30 and 9:30 and Aug. 18 at 6:30 and 8:30; vocalist Troy Hedspeth Aug. 17 at 8:30; Shenandoah Jubilee, Aug. 18 at 8:30 and 9:30; Heaven Bound, Aug. 19 at 7:30 and 9:30 and Linda Lou and the Lucky 4, Aug. 20 at 7:30 and 9:30 and Aug. 21 at 3:30, 7:30 and 9:30. Grandstand entertainment includes a demolition derby Aug. 16 at 8; Dave Martin's Championship Rodeo Aug. 17 at 8; Peter Rowan & Tony Rice Blue Grass Band, Aug. 18 at 8; Billy Ray Cyrus Aug. 19 at 8; Jaci Velasquez Aug. 20 at 8. From the Washington Beltway take I-66 west to I-81 south, then take Exit 243 (Harrisonburg) to Route 11 south and drive two miles to the fairground. Call 540/434-0005.

VIRGINIA STATE FAIR -- The biggest fair in the region is Sept. 23-Oct. 3 and features thousands of exhibits and animals, a midway with more than 80 rides and games, horse shows and nightly fireworks. The fair opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays, 10 to 9 Sundays. The midway is open from 11 to 11 daily. Admission for all 7 and older is $15 at the gate, $12 in advance; $9 seniors and disabled persons ($6 for seniors at the gate only on Sept. 27 and Sept. 29); children 3 through 6 $9 at the gate only; children under 2 admitted free. Admission includes carnival rides, exhibits, stage entertainment and parking. The major entertainment, included in the admission price, features: ASBOL and Ron Moody & the Centaurs, Sept. 23 at 7:30; the Coasters, the Platters and the Drifters, Sept. 24 at 7:30; Vince Gill, Sept. 26 at 7:30; Ultimate Championship Wrestling, Sept. 30 at 7:30; Alabama, Oct. 1 at 7:30; and 988, Oct. 3 at 7:30. For free amphitheater tickets, call Ticketmaster, 800/588-3247 or 804/228-3200. Take I-95 south to Richmond Exit 82, then take Chamberlayne Avenue south, turn left at the third traffic light onto Azalea Avenue and follow signs. Call 800/528-3247. Web site:

West Virginia

WEST VIRGINIA STATE FAIR -- The West Virginia State Fair, a showplace of country music and agricultural exhibits, opens Aug. 13 and runs through Aug. 21 near Lewisburg. The fair is a throwback to the classic fairs of yesteryear, with hog-calling and sheepshearing contests, horse shows, racing pigs, tractor pulls, fishing demonstrations, harness racing, a "best-dressed cow" contest, a midway with scores of rides, and games and fireworks. The fair is open from 9 to 9 (midway until 11 p.m.). Admission is $6, $4 ages 6 through 12 (younger free). The harness racing starts at 1 Aug. 16 through Aug. 19. The fireworks are scheduled for 11 p.m. Aug. 14 and Aug. 21. Grandstand entertainment: World Pro Wrestling, Aug. 13 at 8 (tickets $10, $16 and $20); Michael W. Smith, Aug. 14 at 1 ($12 and $18); K.C. & The Sunshine Band, Aug. 14 at 8 ($13 and $19); Loretta Lynn and George Jones, Aug. 15 at 7:30 ($18 and $24); Lorrie Morgan & Sammy Kershaw, Aug. 16 at 7:30 ($17 and $23); the Wilkinsons and Billy Ray Cyrus, Aug. 17 at 7:30 ($16 and $22); Collin Raye & Bill Engvall, Aug. 18 at 7:30 ($18 and $24); 988 and Britney Spears, Aug. 19 at 7:30 ($23 and $29); Beach Boys, Aug. 20 at 8 ($19 and $25); Ricky Skaggs, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Aug. 21 at 1 ($9 and $15); Randy Travis, Aug. 21 at 8 ($22 and $28). For grandstand entertainment tickets, call 304/647-3247. The fair is on Route 219 just south of Lewisburg. Call 304/645-1090 for information. Web site:

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