It's summertime, and that means it's time for local county fairs. Our nine local fairs all have standard fare: carnival rides, food & craft vendors, and an assortment of livestock on display. We've tried to highlight the most interesting attractions that each fair has to offer. Find one that sounds like fun, and GO! It's really a part of Americana, don't you think?
Loudoun County Fair - Sunday 7/25 thru Saturday 7/31 - Ives Brothers (Extreme cyclists), Masters of the chainsaw show, Great Outhouse Race, professional bull riding, Timberworks Lumberjack Show, and their first annual Karaoke contest.
Fairfax County 4-H Fair - Friday 8/6 thru Sunday 8/8 - Horse show, Pie eating and Watermelon seed spitting contests, wagon rides and tractor pull.
Howard County Fair - Saturday 8/7 thru Saturday 8/14 - Live music, Stock car racing, Petting zoo and Pony rides.
Montgomery County Agricultural Fair - Friday 8/13 thru Saturday 8/21 - Monster truck show, Rodeo, Kid Zone with interactive games and activities, So You Think You Can Dance contest, Toilet decorating contest (!) and Watermelon seed spitting contest.
Prince William County Fair - Friday 8/13 thru Saturday 8/21 - Chocolate Challenge Competition, R&R Productions demolition derby, KYDA Pro Wrestling, and Freestyle Motocross Jumpoff.
Arlington County Fair - Wednesday 8/18 thru Sunday 8/22 - Bixby's Rainforest Rescue! features special appearances by Bixby's many rainforest animal friends: Treetop the singing toucan, Allie the 18 foot albino Burmese python, Juan the green-winged macaw, and Tikatu the Kinkajou.
Prince George's County Fair - Thursday 9/9 thru Sunday 9/12 - Beautiful Baby contest, Clydesdale horse presentation, and Magic show.
Anne Arundel County Fair - Wednesday 9/14 thru Sunday 9/19 - Live entertainment by Kid*Fiddles, the Fitzmaurice Band, and Big Cam and the Lifters, plus Arundel Idol #4, Queen contest, tractor and horse pull, and a Tug of War.
The Great Frederick Fair - Friday 9/17 thru Saturday 9/25 - Tractor pull and Demolition derby, but this fair is known for its live musical entertainment: Three Dog Night, Jo Dee Messina, Kevin Skinner, Rodney Atkins, Chris Young, Craig Morgan, and Danny Gokey!