LOUDOUN COUNTY FAIR
Where: 17558 Dry Mill Rd., Leesburg. Take Route 7 west past Leesburg to Route 9 west. At stop sign at end of exit, turn left and proceed over bridge that crosses Route 7. At next stop sign, turn left onto Dry Mill Road.
Hours: Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (later depending on crowd size).
Prices: $10; $5 for ages 6 to 12; ages 5 and younger free. Free parking.
For more info: 703-777-3835; www.loudouncountyfair.com.
Competition of note: He-man competition. Saturday at 12:30.
HARFORD COUNTY FARM FAIR
Where: Equestrian Center, 608 N. Tollgate Rd., Bel Air, Md. From I-95 north of Baltimore, take Route 24 north toward Bel Air. Turn left onto Business Route 1, then right on North Tollgate Road.
Hours: Friday and Saturday from 10 to 10; Sunday from 10 to 6.
Prices: Friday and Saturday $7; Sunday $5; ages 5 to 12 $3; ages 4 and younger free. Free parking.
For more info: 410-838-8663; www.farmfair.org.
Competition of note: Jack Russell terrier races. Saturday at 10 a.m.
FREDERICKSBURG AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Where: 2400 Airport Ave., Fredericksburg, Va. Take I-95 south to Route 3 east toward Fredericksburg to Route 2/Business Route 17 south toward Tappahannock/Bowling Green. Turn right onto Oldfield Street and left onto Airport Avenue.
Hours: Gates open Friday and Monday-Aug. 5 at 5; Saturday at 11; Sunday at 1; Aug. 6 at 10. Gates close daily at 10, although the midway remains open late, depending on crowd size.
Prices: $12 (includes entertainment, parking and unlimited rides); $5 for seniors 55 and older; ages 2 and younger not riding on midway free.
For more info: 540-373-1294; www.fredfair.net.
Competition of note: Fredericksburg Star talent show karaoke contest. Aug. 2 at 7.
CARROLL COUNTY 4-H/FFA FAIR
Where: Carroll County Ag Center, Westminster, Md. From Baltimore Beltway, take I-795 north to Route 140 north toward Westminster. Turn left onto Center Street and proceed past Carroll County General Hospital, turning right onto Gist Road. At stop sign, turn right onto Smith Avenue, which dead-ends at the Ag Center complex.
Hours: Daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. or close of last activity.
Prices: Admission and parking are free.
For more info: 410-386-2760. www.carrollcountyfair.com.
Competition of note: Monster Truck Extravaganza. Aug. 5 at 7:30.
WARREN COUNTY FAIR
Where: Warren County Fairgrounds, Front Royal, Va. Take I-66 west to the second Front Royal exit (Exit 6) onto Route 522 north toward Winchester. Proceed three or four miles to Fairgrounds Road and turn right, then make an immediate right into the fairgrounds.
Hours: Open Sunday from 5 to 10 for mechanical bull riding and Randy Travis concert only (midway closed); Monday-Aug. 5 from 4 to 10 (later depending on crowd size); Aug. 6 from noon to 11 (later depending on crowd size).
Prices: $30 for Sunday concert. $8 on Monday; $4 for ages 7 to 12; ages 6 and younger free. $5 on Tuesday; ages 12 and younger free with a paying adult. $8 on Wednesday and Thursday; $4 for ages 7 to 12; ages 6 and younger free. $8 on Aug. 5; ages 12 and younger free with paying adult. $8 on Aug. 6; $4 for ages 7 to 12; ages 6 and younger free. $12 for unlimited rides Monday-Wednesday and Aug. 6 from 1 to 4. Free parking.
For more info: 540-635-5827; www.warrencountyfair.com.
Competition of note: Demolition derby. Monday at 7 and Thursday at 8.
FAIRFAX COUNTY 4-H FAIR AND FARM SHOW
Where: Frying Pan Park, 2709 W. Ox Rd., Herndon. From I-66, take Exit 55 to the Fairfax County Parkway/Route 7100 north. Proceed for six miles and turn left onto West Ox Road. Park entrance is 1.4 miles ahead on the right.
Hours: Daily from 9 to 5.
Prices: Admission and parking are free.
For more info: 703-324-5203; www.4hfairfax.org.
Competition of note: Pie-eating contest. Aug. 6 at noon and
Aug. 7 at 1.
HOWARD COUNTY FAIR
Where: 2210 Fairgrounds Rd., West Friendship. Take I-95 north to Route 32 west toward Columbia. Turn left onto Route 144 west (Frederick Road), then right onto Fairgrounds Road.
Hours: Daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Prices: $4; $2 for seniors 62 and older (seniors free Aug. 9); ages 9 and younger free. On Aug. 8 and 10, unlimited-ride tickets are $15.
On Aug. 9 and 11, all rides are $1 each all day. Free parking.
For more info: 410-442-1022; www.howardcountyfair.com.
Competition of note: Cow-milking contest. Aug. 7 at 2:30.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Where: Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg. Take I-270 north to Exit 11 (Montgomery Village/Fairgrounds). At next light, make a right onto Route 355 south, then a right onto Perry Parkway to fairgrounds entrance, a half-mile on the left. Limited free parking available on fairgrounds and at Lakeforest Mall, with free shuttle bus service from the mall to the fairgrounds.
Hours: Gates open Aug. 12 at 3; Aug. 13-20 at 8 a.m. Gates close daily at 11 p.m. (rides at midnight).
Prices: $4 on Aug. 12; $7 Aug. 13-20; ages 7 and younger free. Season passes are $35, good for unlimited daily admission.
For more info: 301-926-3100; www.mcagfair.com.
Competition of note: Greatest Grandparents contest.
Winners announced Aug. 16 at 7.
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY FAIR
Where: Prince William County Fairgrounds, Manassas. Take I-66 west to Route 234 south (Bypass). Follow to the fourth traffic light. Turn left onto Business Route 234 and proceed about one mile to the fairgrounds entrance on the left.
Hours: Aug. 12 and 19 from 3 to midnight; Aug. 13 and 20 from noon to midnight; Aug. 14 from noon to 11; Aug. 15-18 from 3 to 11.
Prices: $15 (includes rides, barn shows, exhibits and entertainment); $7 for seniors 60 and older and for ages 3 to 6; ages 2 and younger and active-duty military personnel free. Half-price for all on Aug. 16.
For more info: 703-368-0173; www.pwcfair.com.
Competition of note: Mud bog race. Aug. 19 at 7 and Aug. 20 at 1.
ARLINGTON COUNTY FAIR
Where: Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St., Arlington. Free shuttle buses run continuously beginning one hour before the fair opens and ending one hour after the fair closes from the Ballston Metro station; free parking lots at the Arlington Career Center, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr.; and at Washington-Lee High School,
1300 N. Quincy St.
Hours: Outdoor hours are Aug. 18 from 5 to 10 p.m.; Aug. 19 and 20 from 10 to 10; and Aug. 21 from 11 to 10.
For more info: 703-920-4556 (TTY: 703-228-4743);
Competition of note: The fair features hundreds of competitive exhibition categories, including best wedding cake and largest squash. Awards ceremony Aug. 21 at 3:30.
JEFFERSON COUNTY FAIR
Where: Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Kearneysville, W.Va. Take I-270 north to I-70 west to Route 340 south to Route 9 west toward Martinsburg. Proceed about three miles to Bardane and turn left at traffic light onto Wiltshire Road. When Wiltshire ends, turn right onto Leetown Pike, and the fairgrounds are on your right.
Hours: Fairgrounds open Aug. 21 at 1; Aug. 22 and 27 at 8:30; Aug. 23 at 10; Aug. 24 at 9; Aug. 25 at noon; Aug. 26 at 8. Fairgrounds close daily at midnight.
Prices: $5; $3 for ages 6 to 15; ages 5 and younger free.
For more info: 304-724-1411;
Competition of note: Ice cream-eating and milk-drinking contest. Aug. 24 at 8.
AUG. 26-SEPT. 3
SHENANDOAH COUNTY FAIR
Where: 300 Fairgrounds Rd., Woodstock, Va. Take I-66 west to I-81 south toward Roanoke via left Exit 1A. Proceed to Route 42 via Exit 283 toward Woodstock. Turn left onto Route 42 (Reservoir Road). Turn left at second stop sign onto Ox Road. Fairgrounds are ahead less than half a block.
Hours: Fairgrounds open daily at 8 a.m. Midway opens Aug. 26, 29 and 31, and Sept. 1-2 at 4; Aug. 27 and 30, and Sept. 3 at noon; Aug. 28 at 2. The fair closes daily at 10:30 (depending on crowd size).
Prices: $5; $2 for ages 6 to 11; ages 5 and younger free. Aug. 30, free for ages 18 and younger. Aug. 31 before 4, $2 for veterans. Sept. 1 before 4, $2 for seniors 65 and older. Sept. 2 before 4, $2 for women. Free parking.
For more info: 540-459-3867; www.shencofair.com.
Competition of note: Wine tasting by local vineyards. Aug. 28 and Aug. 31-Sept. 2 from 4 to 8.
AUG. 26-SEPT. 5
MARYLAND STATE FAIR
Where: Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium. Take I-95 north to I-695 west to I-83 north to Exit 17/Padonia Road east to York Road, then south on York Road to fairgrounds entrance on the right.
Hours: Daily 10 to 10.
Prices: $6; ages 11 and younger free. Limited free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the lot near the fair's "cow palace" gate.
For more info: 410-252-0200; www.marylandstatefair.com.
Competition of note: Spam "Kid Chef of the Year" Recipe Competition. Sept. 3 at 10 a.m.
Where: Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Lucketts, Va. Take Route 7 west to Route 15 north. The community center is on Route 15, eight miles north of Leesburg.
Hours: Daily from 10 to 5.
Prices: $5; ages 5 and younger free. Free parking.
For more info: 703-771-5281; www.luckettsfair.com.
Competition of note: Largest tomato, zucchini and sunflower contests. Awards ceremony Aug. 27 at 2.
PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY FAIR
Where: Prince George's County Equestrian Center, Upper Marlboro. Take Pennsylvania Avenue/Route 4 south to the Water Street exit for Upper Marlboro. Turn right off the exit ramp into the equestrian center complex.
Hours: Sept. 8 from 4 to 10; Sept. 9 from 5 to midnight; Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to midnight (midway opens at 10 a.m. for talent competition); Sept. 11 from 11 to 8.
Prices: $5; $4 for ages 6 to 17; ages 5 and younger free; $17 for unlimited-ride wristbands (sales stop at 4 p.m. on Sept. 10 and 11).
For more info: 301-952-0270; www.countyfair.org.
Competition of note: Straw bale throwing contest. Sept. 10 at 3 and 5.
Where: 334 Carlisle Ave., York, Pa. From the Baltimore Beltway, take I-83 north to Exit 15 (South George Street/Business 83). Turn left at the second traffic light onto Country Club Road, then right onto Richland Avenue and left onto Market Street to the fairgrounds.
Hours: Gates open daily at 10 a.m. Exhibition buildings open until 9; commercial buildings until 10; midway often later, depending on crowd size.
Prices: $5; $2 for children 6 to 11; ages 5 and younger free; $16 for unlimited-ride wristbands. Free admission on Sept. 11 from 10 to 11; Sept. 12 from 10 to 4; all day Sept. 13 for students and Scouts; Sept. 15 from 10 to 3 for one adult accompanied by a preschooler; Sept. 16 from 10 to 3 for seniors with Medicare cards. Parking $5.
For more info: 717-848-2596; www.yorkfair.org.
Competition of note: Hambone Express pig races. Ongoing.
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY FAIR
Where: 1450 General's Hwy. (Route 178), Crownsville. Take U.S. 50 east to Route 3 north to Route 97 south to Exit 5 (General's Highway). After the third traffic light, fairgrounds are about a half-mile on the right.
Hours: Sept. 14 from 4 to 11; Sept. 15 from noon to 11; Sept. 16 from 4 to 11; Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sept. 18 from 9 to 8.
Prices: $5; $2 for ages 6 to 15; ages 5 and younger free. Free admission Sept. 14-15 for ages 10 and younger accompanied by paying adult; and on Sept. 15 from noon to 3 for seniors 55 and older and the disabled. Free parking.
For more info: 410-923-3400; www.aacountyfair.org.
Competition of note: Home brew competition. Awards ceremony Sept. 16 at 6:30.
CHARLES COUNTY FAIR
Where: 8440 Fairground Rd., La Plata. Take Pennsylvania Avenue to Branch Avenue/Route 5 south, which becomes Route 301 south. Fairground Road is on the left, about three miles south of La Plata on Route 301.
Hours: Sept. 15 from 4 to 11; Sept. 16 and 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sept. 18 from
9:30 to 7.
Prices: $5; ages 10 and younger free;
Sept. 16 from 9 to 5, all schoolchildren admitted free; four-day passes $10.
For more info: 301-932-1234.
Competition of note: Queen Nicotina Pageant. Coronation ceremony Sept. 15 at 7.
GREAT FREDERICK FAIR
Where: 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Take I-270 north to I-70 east and proceed to Exit 55 (East South Street). At the end of the exit ramp, turn right and proceed to the three-way stop. Turn right onto Franklin Street. The fairgrounds are at the top of the hill.
Hours: Sept. 16 from 5 to 10; Sept. 17 from 10 to 10; Sept. 18-24 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Prices: Admission is free on the evening of Sept. 16 and on Sept. 17 before 3; thereafter $5; ages 9 and younger free. On Sept. 23, ages 18 and younger are free until 5. Nine-day passes are $25. Afternoon grandstand shows on
Sept. 16 and Sept. 20-23 are free.
Tickets for music acts are $25-$35; motor sports $15. Parking is $5.
For more info: 301-663-5895.
Competition of note: Spuddy Buddy potato decorating contest. Sept. 18 at 2.
ST. MARY'S COUNTY FAIR
Where: St. Mary's County Fairgrounds, Leonardtown. Take Pennsylvania Avenue to Branch Avenue/Route 5 south. The fairgrounds are two miles south of Leonardtown on the left.
Hours: Sept. 22 from 3 to 9; Sept. 23 and 24 from 9 to 9; Sept. 25 from 9 to 6.
Prices: $5; $1 for ages 6 to 17; ages 5 and younger free.
For more info: 301-475-2256. www.somd.com/smcfair.
Competition of note: Heavyweight horse pull. Sept. 23
SEPT. 22-OCT. 2
VIRGINIA STATE FAIR
Where: Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave., Richmond. Take I-95 south to I-295 east (Exit 84). Turn right onto Meadowbridge Road at Exit 38B. Proceed to Carolina Avenue and turn left. Gates 7 and 6 will be on your right.
Hours: Fridays and Saturdays from 10 to midnight; all other days from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Prices: $19.99; $15.99 for ages 3 to 6, seniors 60 and older and the disabled; ages 2 and younger free. Monday-Friday after 5, admission is $12. Eleven-day passes are $29.99 ($24.99 before Sept. 21). Admission includes unlimited rides. $10 "Walk Around" tickets, which do not include access to rides, are available Monday-Friday. Tickets to amphitheater concerts are sold separately for $10-$40.
For more info: 800-588-3247; www.statefair.com.
Competition of note: Rooster crowing contest
(Sept. 23-30 at 6).
SEPT. 28-OCT. 2
CALVERT COUNTY FAIR
Where: 140 Calvert Fair Dr., Barstow, Md. Take Pennsylvania Avenue/Route 4 south to Prince Frederick, turn right onto Route 231 and proceed two miles to fairgrounds on left.
Hours: Sept. 28 from 4 to 9; Sept. 29-Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Oct. 2 from 10 to 6.
Prices: $5; ages 11 and younger free. Free parking.
For more info: 410-535-0026. www.calvertcountyfair.com.
Competition of note: Baby show. Sept. 29 at 6 and Oct. 1 at 10 a.m.
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