Anne Arundel County Fair Starts Wednesday at 4 p.m.
It’s time for the annual Anne Arundel County Fair, this year celebrating its 60th year.
The Sept. 12-16 County Fair is located on Generals Highway in Crownsville. On Opening Night, Wednesday, they will be offering free admission to exhibits from 4 to 11 p.m.
Each year the fair showcases local agriculture, horticulture, music, business and food vendors as well as a rides on the carnival midway (provided by Holly Shows).
No doubt South County will be represented in the exhibit halls, food vendors, agriculture and tractor exhibits and more.
There will be music and comedy performances on both stages throughout the weekend. Headliners include Suzy Estrada and Ashley Forrest. For a complete lineup, visit the County Fair Schedule Online.
Exhibitor halls will be packed with baked goods, canned goods, china, ceramics, Christmas cards and jewelry, vegetables, woodworking, painted furniture, fine art, photography, watercolors, flower arrangements, handicrafts, quilts, needlework, sewing and home furnishings. Who in your family will win the blue ribbon?
They will also host a variety of competitions and contests, including:
- Fair Queen/Poultry Princess Contest. Who is the fairest of them all? Find out at the Fair Queen contest for girls, 16 to 20 years old (and residents of Anne Arundel County). Upper Stage, 7 p.m. Wednesday.
- Arundel Idol (two-part contest, Thurs and Saturday). One of the most popular contests during the past few years is the Arundel Idol contest, with a top prize of $500 and $300 for runner-up. Arundel Idol semi-finals will be held on Thursday. Finals will be held on Saturday. Upper Stage, 7 p.m. Thursday/ 8 p.m. Saturday.
- Draft Horse Pulling. Teams of draft horses will pull in teams. There is a lightweight team (under 3,300 pounds) and a heavyweight team (over 3,300 pounds). Prizes include cash for first place ($350) to seventh place ($125). Pull Track, 7 p.m. Thursday.
- Antique Tractor Pull. The Antique Tractor Club will have antique tractors on display daily throughout the fair. The Tractor Pull will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday. Pull Track, 5 p.m. Friday.
- Cute Kid Contest. Who has the cutest boy or girl (ages 1-4). The contest will start at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday.
- Children’s Tug of War. Boys 5 to 12 years old will have an opportunity to have a giant tug of war, with at least 10 people on each side. They will separate the boys into four different age categories. Lower stage, 11 a.m. on Saturday.
- Hog Calling. Who Ribbons will be awarded for youth and teen. Can you sing like a pig? Bray like a hog? Come on out. Barn Area, 4 p.m. Saturday.
- Call your man/lady contest. Can you holler for your man? Can you call your lady proudly— and loudly? In this unique competition, men and women will compete in the unusual sport of Man/Lady Calling. Barn Area, 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
- 4H Cake Auction. 4-H Foundation will present the cake auction, where homemade cakes and the recipes will be sold to the highest bidder. Behind the Exhibit Hall, 2 p.m. on Sunday.
- Pie Eating Contest. Stuff that pie in your face, go ahead. This is one of the few places where you can eat as much pie as you want—and then some. Behind the Exhibit Hall, 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
- Equine Play Day. In an effort to bring horses back to the county fair, horses, ponies, mules and donkeys will participate in events and “classes.” Practice Ring, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
- Watermelon Eating Contest. Don’t even THINK of trying to be dainty, spitting seeds into your napkin. This is a contest about eating as much watermelon as you can in a limited amount of time. Information Booth, 2 p.m. Sunday.
The fair will be open Wednesday 4 to 10 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. 11 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.