It’s nearing the end of summer, and that means it is once again time for the Maryland State Fair. The fair will run from Thursday, August 22 to Labor Day, Monday, September 2. Now in its 138th year, this year’s theme is MY Maryland State Fair...More Than A Fair, We’re A Culture!
Nearly a half-million visitors make the trek to the Fairgrounds in Timonium each year for “the 12 Best Days of Summer.” The Maryland State Fair is complete with home arts, farm and garden, livestock and horse exhibits, rides, games, live concerts, and entertainment, live thoroughbred horseracing, fair fare and farm fresh foods, U-Learn Farm, a museum and more.
In the Cow Palace and other buildings, 4-H and FFA members share their talents and compete for ribbons, prizes and bragging rights. One of the highlights is in the Birthing Center, where fairgoers will have the opportunity to witness the miracle of birth of calves and piglets and the hatching of chicks, under the supervision of veterinarians and students.
The Maryland Foods Pavilion, the Dairy Bar and the Chesapeake Craft Brew & Wine Garden offer a wide selection of favorite fair food, including the Crabby Patty, named one of “50 Best Fair Foods” by Food Network. Enjoy the traditional taste of cotton candy, corndogs, and deep fried delights on the Midway and fresh fruit, rib-eye steak sandwiches, ice cream, a raw bar and more.
Preview/Ridemania Night, sponsored by M&T Bank, is Thursday, August 22 from 5 to 11 p.m., and fairgoers may purchase admission and ride wristbands for only $20 each or walk-around passes for $1 each.
Live national concerts, also presented by M&T, will be featured on the Infield Maryland Lottery Stage. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and gates open at 6:30 p.m:
American Pop band HANSON – Friday, August 23
Rock legends The Marshall Tucker Band – Saturday, August 24
Country duo LOCASH – Friday, August 30
Arena Rock band Night Ranger – Saturday, August 31
“Thousands of talented individuals and fun-loving fairgoers from our great state, cities, towns, farms, mountains and shores make up MY Maryland State Fair,” said Maryland State Fair General Manager Andy Cashman. “Our goal is to provide a variety of safe, enjoyable and educational experiences to help make memories for a lifetime.”
In addition to the longstanding traditions and fair favorites, everyone always asks “what’s new?” this year. So, here are some highlights:
Cowboy Circus with Danny Grant – Danny with his covered wagon will stroll through the fairgrounds doing cowboy tricks, comedy skits and circus acts. Danny will also teach fairgoers how to crack a real bull whip, trick rope, lasso his horses and more.
Extreme Dogs Show – With a newly constructed set design and an outstanding team of lovable rescue dogs and their dedicated champion trainers, Fusion Talent Group is proud to present Extreme Dogs. The show includes favorite dog sports like agility, high jump, weave pole racing, disc and tricks with a brilliant new cast. The show also promotes dog adoption and provides tips to help your own pooch live a healthy, happy life. Three shows daily. Next to the Farm & Garden Building.
Maryland State Fair Dog Fair-Live – Sponsored by The Mill, Dog Fair-Live will feature: Agility, Fly Ball, Lure Coursing, Disk Dog, and other demos. A Meet the Breeds area will also be available. Among the many vendors are: AKC, The Mill, Springtime, The Dog Chef, Pet Value and more. Tuesday, August 27, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., in the Live! ON TRACK Infield.
Odyssey Mobile Escape Room – Escape before time runs out by using teamwork to solve clues and puzzles. A unique experience that is fun, challenging and memorable. Across from the Cow Palace.
Maryland State Fair Market Square – Come see demonstrations and purchase creations by local artisans, crafters, beekeepers, produce and Christmas tree farmers, vintners and more. Also, enjoy hands-on children’s educational activities daily in the Farm & Garden Building.
Max Power Robot – Max Power Robot, a 9’ tall walking, talking, mobile dance party, accompanied by his custom monster truck NITRO will stroll through the fairgrounds in grand fashion. Max keeps guests entertained with personal interaction, silly jokes, crazy photo poses and impromptu dance parties. Three shows daily.
Maryland State Fair Ranch Rodeo – Team sorting, Rescue and Relay Races, Rider Pick-Up and more, Thursday, August 29, 7 p.m., in the Horse Show Ring.
138th MY Maryland State Fair
August 22 — September 2
2200 York Road, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093
Main Midway Hours: Saturdays through Sundays & Labor Day Monday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and weekdays from noon to 10 p.m.
Kiddie Land Rides Area Hours: Saturdays through Sundays & Labor Day Monday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Weekdays from noon to 10 p.m.
ADMISSION: Adult admission $10, senior admission (62 & over) $8, children (6 to 11) $5, children 5 and under are admitted free. (Rides are not included. Rides are individually priced.) A ticket is required for all persons aged 3 and over for concerts held in the Racetrack Infield. Free admission for military, police, fire/EMS with active ID (this only applies to the individual with the active ID).