Aug. 4—Last yr marked the seventy fifth anniversary of the Howard County Fair. While there was a livestock present and a web-based indoor exhibit, the truthful was not an official 4-H occasion and was not open to the general public because of the coronavirus pandemic.
A yr later, with most COVID-19 restrictions lifted, the truthful is again in all its glory, with rides, dwell leisure, meals, animals and exhibitors filling day by day of the weeklong occasion from Aug. 7 by way of 14.
So, organizers thought, why not name it the seventy fifth Howard County Fair?
“We’ll let historians attempt to determine it out,” mentioned Mickey Day, Howard County Fair board president. “We are so excited we’re going to have the ability to have a good.”
While there are a number of new occasions scheduled for this yr, the truthful is retaining to the fundamentals.
“It looks as if we’re studying to pedal a motorbike once more,” Day mentioned.
A brand new occasion this yr shall be a mini tractor pull on Monday evening. Two parades — a gap parade at 2 p.m. Sunday and the parade of floats at 5 p.m. Aug. 14 — are scheduled. Other occasions scheduled embody a expertise present, a mule pull, a garden mower contest and the annual livestock sale. The horse pull, sometimes held throughout the warmth of the day, has been scheduled for Saturday night.
“Pretty a lot all the primary stage leisure is again this yr,” Day mentioned, with native favourite bands together with Appaloosa, the Fabulous Hubcaps and Billy Harrison & Haywire lined as much as play.
Everybody’s favourite truthful meals must be again, too, with the Lions Club returning, Marriotts Ridge High School Booster bringing its fried Oreos and the Glenelg High School marching band providing fried dough.
“I’ve been weight-reduction plan the final two weeks to make room,” Day mentioned.
In recognition of the truthful’s seventy fifth anniversary, there shall be particular reveals arrange all through the fairgrounds. A fireworks present can also be scheduled for 9:30 p.m. on the closing evening Aug. 14.
“It just isn’t one thing we usually do,” Day mentioned. “We wished to do one thing particular.”
This would be the first yr the truthful has been in a position to reap the benefits of the fairgrounds’ new exhibit corridor accomplished final yr. Indoor 4-H reveals and farm crops at the moment are positioned within the constructing.
“There can also be a pleasant honeybee show,” Day mentioned.
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In an effort to maintain human contact to a minimal, tickets to the truthful may be bought upfront on-line. Tickets for rides shall be out there at kiosks positioned all through the fairgrounds.
“The county well being division and fireplace division shall be giving COVID vaccines at numerous occasions throughout the week,” Day mentioned. “We are doing extra disinfecting than in earlier festivals, too.”
As per relaxed state and county tips, face masks are usually not required on the truthful
Day is most excited by the variety of volunteers returning to assist.
“Our truthful wouldn’t occur if not for the 1000’s of volunteers,” Day mentioned. “We additionally get nice help from the county.”
The seventy fifth Howard County Fair opens at 8 a.m. Saturday and runs by way of Aug. 14 on the Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and older, and free for these youthful than 13 when accompanied by an grownup. The price for these ages 62 and older is $5. Tickets may be bought and extra info may be discovered at howardcountyfairmd.com.