When

Saturday through Aug. 14.

Gates open at 8 a.m. daily.

Where

Howard County Fairground,

West Friendship.

Daily Events

Food concessions

Commercial exhibits

Petting zoo and Agricultural

Education Center

Chain-saw carvings

Pig races

Magicians and clowns

Pony rides

4-H and household

demonstrations

Horse and pony shows

Livestock shows

Rides and games

Contests

Best apple pie/dessert

Pie-eating

Pretty-animal

Farm queen

Amateur variety show

Baby contest and miniature parade

Horse and tractor pulls

4-H worm race

4-H/Future Farmers of America Livestock judging

Entertainment

The Back Pages Band

Baltimore's Marching Ravens

Blue Daze

Big Cam & the Lifters

Bob Plunkert & Real Country

Band

Sheila Marie "A Tribute to

Patsy Cline"

Jay D. Henley & the Stone

Broke Band

Browningsville Cornet Band

Johnny Fat Jam

Common Clay

Tori Anderson & Possum Holler

Tickets and Gate Specials

Tickets: $4 for ages 10 and older; $2 for seniors (62 and older); free for those younger than 10.

Armed Forces Day on First Saturday: Free admission for self, spouse and children younger than 18, with military identification, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday, Wednesday: "All You Can Ride" for $12 ($10 with coupon).

Tuesday, Thursday: "Dollar Ride Day," rides $1 all day.

Tuesday: Senior Day (62 and older) admitted free from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information check the Web site www.howardcountyfair.com.

John Graybeal, 12, of West Friendship waits with his lamb before the pretty-animal contest at last year's Howard County Fair. The event is featured again this year.