Calvert County Fair to be held in late September


Barstow, MD - The Calvert County Fairgrounds in Barstow will be teeming with activities Wednesday, Sept. 26 to Sunday, Sept. 30. The 132nd annual Calvert County Fair is a showcase of the jurisdiction’s finest, especially in the area of agriculture. There will be plenty of 4-H activities throughout the five-day exhibition. A visit to this family-friendly fair is a great way to welcome the arrival of autumn.

Here are 10 things to know before you go to the Calvert County Fair.

Admission for anyone age 12 and up is $5. All children 11 and under are admitted for free. On Wednesday, Sept. 26 you may enter the fair for $1or a 14 ounce or larger can of food to help feed the needy in the community. The fair officially opens that day at 4 p.m.

On Friday, Sept. 28 all youth under 18 are admitted free from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year the Calvert County Fair is celebrating its 30th annual Youth Day.

Parking is free but the lot adjacent to the fairgrounds fills up fast. However, there is free satellite parking available Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday’s satellite parking is at Hallowing Point Park and Saturday and Sunday you may park at the College of Southern Maryland Prince Frederick campus and ride the shuttle bus for free to the fairgrounds. For safety purposes a special traffic plan will be in effect Friday through Sunday of fair weekend. No left turns into the fairgrounds will be allowed from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Miss Tranquility and Lord Calvert preside over fair activities throughout the event. The two are chosen at a pageant/contest held Sunday, Sept. 23 at 2:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds. Both contests are open to all county residents between the ages of 16 and 19, must be enrolled in secondary or post-secondary school, must never have been married nor have children and have been a resident of Calvert County for at least three years.

Drones and selfie-sticks are prohibited on the fairgrounds.

Calvert County Fair Idol Contest is the fair’s signature event that gives talented residents of Calvert and surrounding jurisdictions a chance to sing and shine in the spotlight. Auditions will be held Sept. 18 and 19. The contest is open to all amateur entertainers ages 14 to 29. Contestants must be residents of Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s, Anne Arundel or Prince George’s counties. The semifinals are held Thursday, Sept. 27 and Friday, Sept. 28 with the finals Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. The first-place winner receives $1,000, second-place $500 and third-place $300. 

The Children’s Contest for kids 6 months to 5 years of age will be held Sunday, Sept. 30 in the Main Hall. This year’s theme is “down on the farm.” Three categories, eight divisions and pre-registration is required. Ribbons will be awarded to the winners. The decisions of the panel of judges are final.

Entertainment galore is planned throughout the fair. You will be astounded by the hand-balancing sensation Victoria Circus, with shows scheduled each day of the fair. Other performances include Southern Maryland Barnyard Runners, the READY, SET, GROW Agricultural Magic Show, BADD Company Dance Team and Diane Herbert Dancers (Saturday), Chesapeake Country Cruizers and Country Gentlemen Tribute Band (Sunday), plus Thursday at 10 a.m. Rockin’ Elvis will be entertaining and presiding over the Red Hat Parade and Senior King and Queen crowning.

Washington Redskins’ alumni will hold an autograph signing session Saturday, Sept. 29 beginning at 4 p.m. The autograph session is arranged by Mark’s Electronics of California, MD. Owner Mark Flaherty told that Mike Nelms, Ron McDole and Pat Fischer are scheduled to appear with possibly more to be announced later.

Southern Maryland Antique Power Association presents the antique tractor pull Sunday morning Sept. 30 starting at 10 a.m. The popular Horse Pulling Event, with cash prizes, is scheduled for Saturday evening starting at 7 p.m.

For additional information visit the county fair web site.

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