LEONARDTOWN, MD — County fairs are a place to reconnect with old friends, make new one and consume large portions of greasy fair food.

The 70th annual St. Mary’s County Fair will be hosted at the county fairgrounds Sept. 22 through 25, with plenty of attractions for the young and young at heart.

Gates open at 3 p.m. Thursday, with exhibit buildings opening at 4 p.m. The Carnival opens at 5 p.m., and wrist bands are available for purchase. Event organizers guarantee there will be plenty of carnival rides and local foods to experience.

Kid’s Day will be hosted Friday, and carnival rides for children will only cost one ticket. Carnival rides range in one to five tickets the rest of the weekend. Wrist bands will be available for purchase on Thursday and Sunday. Check out this link for more information about admission and ticket prices.

For those who enjoy the more traditional rural and agricultural aspect of the fair, there will be a variety of livestock, home arts, flowers and field crops to enjoy. There will also be 4-H and other school exhibits, as well as a horse pull for event attendees to enjoy.

Event organizers estimate 1,000 people will enter their handiwork in the competitions associated with these exhibits and contests. Most exhibits are judged Thursday morning and the Fair is open for general viewing on Thursday afternoon. Some contests, such as the speech contest and judging of livestock, occur during the fair. 

The St. Mary’s County Fair is produced completely by volunteers associated with the St. Mary’s County Fair Association each September during the third weekend after Labor Day.  The Fair Association builds, maintains and manages the fairground  year-round. All money raised by the county fair event are used to fund the fairground expenses.

For more information, check out their website and Facebook page.

Cover photo credit to St. Mary’s County Fair Facebook Page.