A Public Sneak Peek, and 5 Other Fresh Happenings at This Year’s Maryland State Fair

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maryland-state-fair-e1345724683337catch of the day fish (2)The Maryland State Fairgrounds are set to come alive once again in Timonium this weekend, and packed it will stay for 11 fun-filled days. For those who like to be first, the fair is offering an early look this year. 

On Thursday night, August 25, the fair is hosting Ridemania. It’s a chance to check out the midway rides, games and foodstands before the gates are officially thrown open on Friday morning.

Here are a handful of other dates to watch out for

Fireworks celebrating the 135th anniversary of the fair are slated for August 27.

A parade the following morning to get a look at all that the Fair offers in an orderly procession is set for the following morning. It’s the first time in 35 years that the parade will be held on the racetrack. Floats, horses, marching bands and, of course, big farm equipment, will be in the line.

Oyster Alley The state’s farming isn’t limited to the land, and a new area aims to show off the aquaculture. In Maryland State Fair Park on August 27-28, there will be a chance to sample oysters from the state’s bivalve bounty.

Home Brew Division The State Fair Farm and Garden Department is making space for all those who toil in search of making their own great beer. They’re even awarding ribbons, and declared Labor Day as Home Brew Day.

Arm Wrestling Championships This isn’t new, but it is worth noting. State Fair is the scene of many awards, but few ribbons are bestowed for pure brute force. On September 3, the Carolina Carport Stage plays host the state Arm Wrestling Championships. It’s a nationwide event, but the competition is wide open to the public. It’s divided into men’s and women’s weight classes.


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