Visitors enjoy one of the many rides at the Maryland State Fair during a previous year. This year’s fair will run for three weekends, starting Aug. 25. Photo courtesy of Maryland State Fair.

The Maryland State Fair will return to the Timonium Fairgrounds for its 141st operational season, starting Aug. 25. 

This year, the fair will run for three weekends: Thursday, Aug. 25 to Sunday, Aug. 28; Thursday, Sept. 1 to Monday, Sept. 5 (Labor Day); and Thursday, Sept. 8 to Sunday, Sept. 11.

“Our goal is to provide a variety of safe, enjoyable and educational experiences to help make memories for a lifetime for thousands of exhibitors and hundreds of thousands of Fair fans,” Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society President Donna G. Myers said in a statement.

All of the traditional state fair favorites, like rides and midway games, horse races, and food vendors, will be open for the duration of the fair. The Cow Palace, Home and Garden building, and the 4-H building will also be open for guests to shop and view the many competitions the state fair has to offer.

Many competitions new to the fair this year will be special baked products contests, including the Apple Bouquet on a Stick, Halloween Sweet Treats, Fair President’s Cake, and Governor’s Cake competitions.

The new competitions aren’t restricted to humans. This is the first year for the Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, featuring races between Kim Kardashiham, Justin Bieboar, Christina Hogulera, Kevin Bacon, Brad Pig.

Returning to the fair this year is the Celebrity Milkshake Competition on Friday, Sept. 2, in which local media celebrities will whip up their own unique milkshake with the help of a local dairy farmer. Ice cream will be provided by the Maryland Farm Bureau Young Farmers. Winners will earn bragging rights as well as the Undeniably Dairy Trophy.

Other returning entertainment includes a mobile axe throwing trailer, the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, and the Cow Palace’s birthing center.

Beginning Thursday, Sept. 1, the state fair will host a rolling 9/11 memorial and exhibit to honor the 72 Marylanders whose lives were lost in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The moving exhibit will roam the fairgrounds through Labor Day weekend.

Attendees will be able to watch live thoroughbred horse racing from the Grandstand seats Friday, Aug. 26, through Monday, Sept. 5.

College students are welcome to stop by the racetrack on Saturday, Aug. 27, for College Day at the Races, where they will have the chance to win one of the multiple college scholarships offered through the Maryland State Fair. The event will last from 12:40 p.m. through 5 p.m. To be eligible for a scholarship drawing, students must be pre-registered.

Throughout the final weekend of the fair, the “Live! ON TRACK!” Concert Series at the racetrack will feature performances by rapper Nelly on Friday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m.; country music stars Niko Moon and Lauren Alaina on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m.; and rock band Styx on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 6:30 p.m.

On Thursdays, fairground gates, the carnival midway, and buildings will open at 5 p.m. Buildings will close at 9 p.m., and the carnival midway will operate until close.

Fairground gates open at 9 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Friday through Sunday, buildings will be open from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m, and the carnival midway will be open from 10 a.m. until close.

Admission is $10 for visitors age 12 and older, $8 for seniors age 62 and older, $6 for children under 12, and free for children under 5. Additional entertainment, including carnival rides and axe throwing, are individually priced. 

Parking at the fairgrounds is $15, but free parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Park and ride on Deerco Rd.

“We are pleased to host the Maryland State Fair this summer with thousands of talented individuals and fun-loving fairgoers participating from Maryland’s great cities, towns, farms, mountains and shores,” said Maryland State Fair General Manager Andy Cashman in a statement. “Our goal is to provide a variety of safe, enjoyable and educational experiences to help make memories for a lifetime.”

For the full schedule of this year’s Maryland State Fair, visit the fair’s website.

Liv Barry

Liv Barry is Baltimore Fishbowl's 2022 summer reporting intern. Barry is rising junior at Washington College, where she is majoring in communication and media studies and double minoring in journalism,...