Barstow, MD – The 131st Calvert County Fair opens Wednesday evening, Sept. 27. For the past two years the five-day event has been challenged by rain. The 2017 fair already has one plague to deal with—the swine exhibits will not be part of the fair due to a flu strain (influenza A H3N2v sub-type) first detected at Charles County’s fair earlier this month. State health officials reported that seven Maryland residents were infected due to contact at the Charles County Fair.

There will be plenty of other farm animals on display throughout the fair, which runs through Sunday, Oct. 1 at the Calvert County Fairgrounds off Route 231 in Barstow. For the fair’s final three days—Youth Day, Friday, Sept. 29; Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1—satellite parking will be available should the parking area adjacent to the fairgrounds become full. On Friday, the satellite parking will be available at Hallowing Point Park. On Youth Day parents may drop off and pick up children at Barstow Elementary School on J.W. Williams Road, Barstow from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. to catch a shuttle bus to the fair. The school is a drop-off and pickup location only. It is not a parking location. For Saturday and Sunday, satellite parking will be accommodated at the College of Southern Maryland Prince Frederick Campus.

Shuttle buses will be transporting those who utilize the satellite parking to and from the fairgrounds. Additionally, a special traffic plan will in effect those final three days from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. No vehicles will be allowed to turn left off of Route 231 into the fairgrounds during those hours. An alternate route would be to use Route 506 (Sixes Road) to Route 508 (Adelina Road) to Route 231, which would allow a right turn into the fairgrounds.

The fair officially opens Wednesday at 4 p.m. with a ceremony taking place at 4:30 p.m. Entertainment at the fair includes comedy illusionist Reggie Rice, the Pirates of the Columbian Caribbean Aerial High Wire Thrill Show, the Diane Herbert Dancers (Saturday at 2 p.m.), Southern Maryland Boot Scooters (Saturday night at 6 p.m.), Bill Yates and the Country Gentlemen Tribute Band (Sunday at 3 p.m.) and the Calvert County Idol contest (Thursday through Saturday evening at 7 p.m.).

Other performers include Jim Godbold Rockin’ Elvis, who will perform Thursday at 10 a.m. in the main building; and the Chesapeake Country Cruizers, performing at 2 p.m. Sunday at the pavilion. Washington Redskins alumni are scheduled to be at the fair Saturday at 4 p.m. to sign autographs, pictures and other football memorabilia. Rosedale Attractions and Shows Inc. will provide carnival rides, games and concessions every day at the fair.

The always popular Calvert County Fair Children’s Contest will be held Sunday at high noon in the main building. The youth from the local 4-H will have exhibits throughout the fair, culminating with a livestock auction early Saturday evening.
During the tradition presentation of fair books to the Calvert County Commissioners earlier in September, Calvert County Fair Board Associate Director Nancy Zinn announced that the traditional Horse Pull will be held Saturday evening at 7 p.m. The equally popular antique tractor pull is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday.

Presiding over the 131st Calvert County Fair are Miss Tranquility, Catherine Bubser from Northern High School (NHS); and Lord Calvert, Robert Conner III of Huntingtown High School (HHS). The contests’ runners-up are: Miss Tranquility – Eileen Zrubek, The Calverton School; and Madison Attickof HHS; Lord Calvert – Joey Crunkleton and Jonathan Wilkerson, both of NHS.

“We hope we can make the skies sunny and blue this year,” Calvert County Commissioner Pat Nutter declared.

For the latest on the 2017 Calvert County Fair, visit the event web site.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com