Rabbits, Cattle and Carnival Rides

Talent shows, candle making demonstrations, carnival rides, hog calling contests, scarecrow making workshops, petting zoos, pie eating competitions, dog shows, live music, chain-saw carving, tractor pulls, car racing and husband calling contests will be part of the 52nd annual Anne Arundel County Fair. The fair, a celebration of county agriculture, opens Wednesday with a 4-H rabbit show, livestock judging and a fair ambassador contest. Events will include live music by rock-and-roll band Wayne Brown & 2nd Conspiracy on Sept. 18 and country singer Lane Turner on Sept. 19. Fair hours are 4-11 p.m. Wednesday, noon-11 p.m. next Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Sept. 17, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 18 and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 19. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 Generals Hwy., Crownsville. $5; children 6-15, $2; children 5 and younger, free. 410-923-3400 or www.aacountyfair.org.

Seafood Festival's Full Platter

Anne Arundel County celebrates everything seafood this weekend during the Maryland Seafood Festival. Events will include children's activities, crafts, food, educational and environmental displays and two stages with music by the Good Timers, the Unified Jazz Ensemble, Them Eastport Oyster Boys, the Geckos, the Reagan Years, the Remnants, Naked Blue and Tony Denikos. Children's activities include pony rides, beach golf, face painting, a petting zoo and arts and crafts. The festival kicks off tomorrow with cooking demonstrations, a Frisbee dog show and a beach party at 5 p.m. Events Saturday and Sunday will include the 12th annual festival volleyball tournament. The co-ed games begin at 8:30 a.m. and include four-member teams. Interested players can still register. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, local chefs will participate in the Crab Soup Cookoff. Proceeds will benefit local charities. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. tomorrow-Sunday. Sandy Point State Park, 1100 E. College Pkwy., Annapolis. $10; children 7-12, $4; children 6 and younger, free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. tomorrow, seniors, $5. 410-266-3113 or www.mdseafoodfestival.com.

World Literacy Day

Anne Arundel County's Literacy Council invites the community to celebrate reading during a World Literacy Day event at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Annapolis. The celebration will include book signings, lectures and readings, and a demonstration by the Literacy Council, a nonprofit organization that teaches adults to read. Annapolis children's book author Priscilla Cummings will read excerpts from "Chadwick the Crab" and "A Face First." Baltimore writer Jill Morrow will read from her latest mystery, "Angel Cafe," and Iris Krasnow, a self-help author, will read excerpts from "Surrendering to Yourself: You Are Your Own Soul Mate." Donna Jackson Nakazawa, author and mother, will read from and discuss "Does Anyone Else Look Like Me? A Parent's Guide to Raising Multiracial Children." 2-5 p.m. Sunday. Barnes & Noble, 2516 Solomons Island Rd., Annapolis. Free. 410-269-4419 or www.icanread.org/WorldLiteracyDay2004.