County Fair to Open The Prince George's County fair, the biggest county-sponsored event of the year, will open Wednesday and run through Sept. 13 at the Equestrian Center on Water Street in Upper Marlboro.

"It's the largest event of the year in Prince George's County," said Richard Scott, manager of the fair for the past five years. "We'll probably have close to 90,000 people."

Residents this year can be tempted with laser light shows, livestock exhibits, a pie-eating contest, arts and crafts shows and much more.

Eighteen ethnic performances and a wide variety of ethnic foods will be available in recognition of International Day at the fair, Sept. 13.

The grounds will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Children 7 to 12 will be charged $2 for admission, adults $4, and adults 55 and older, $3. Children 6 and under are admitted free. For more information, call 952-0270.

Fire Chiefs Elect Estepp Prince George's County Fire Chief Jim Estepp has been elected second vice president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

Estepp is the first fire official from the county to serve in this position. He will serve a one-year term and then advance through the ranks as first vice president and president, serving one year at each post, according to a statement released by the county executive's office.

Estepp has more than 29 years of volunteer and career experience. He has served in his present position 10 years, and as a chief officer for the department 16 years.

"Jim Estepp is a highly respected department head and a leader in the fire service," County Executive Parris Glendening said. "He was an excellent candidate who will now be a real asset to the International Association of Fire Chiefs."

Road Work Completed The Department of Public Works and Transportation recently announced the completion of construction on the following county roadways:

Widening of Riverdale Road, from 67th Avenue to Auburn Avenue.

Resurfacing of 900 feet and installation of storm drainage on Southland Drive in Highland Park.

Installation of a free right-hand turn at Martin Luther King Jr. Highway and Ardwick Ardmore Road. This area also has been widened with a sidewalk, crosswalk and landscaping.

Handwriting Seminar

The Prince George's County Association for Children and Adults With Learning Disabilities will hold a seminar for parents of children with handwriting problems at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd.

Occupational Therapist Jan Olsen, author of "Handwriting Without Tears," will speak at the meeting. She will focus on formation spacing and fluency as remediation techniques. The seminar will be free to both members and nonmembers. For more information, call Connie Russell at 449-5758 or Janet Ciesielski at 464-1205.