Fair Preview–Charles County prepares for 95th Fair

La Plata, MD - The Charles County Fairgrounds in La Plata will be the busiest place in Southern Maryland Thursday, Sept. 13 to Sunday, Sept. 16. The 95th annual Charles County Fair is a showcase of the jurisdiction’s finest, especially in the area of agriculture. A visit to this family-friendly fair is an ideal way to mark the waning days of summertime and transition into the fall season.

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

Admission for anyone age 11 and over is $10. All children 10 and under are admitted for free. Four day passes cost $25.

On Friday, Sept. 14 all school children are admitted free from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Parking is free but the lot adjacent to the fairgrounds fills up fast. However, there is free satellite parking available at the Charles County Governmental Center in downtown La Plata. Park there and ride the shuttle bus for free to the fairgrounds.

Her majesty, Queen Nicotina rules over the fair after she is crowned on Thursday evening, Sept. 13. To be eligible, a young woman must be a Charles County resident, a high school senior or a freshman at the College of Southern Maryland, must be unmarried and sponsored by a Charles County-recognized civic or education organization.

No pets are allowed at the fair, however, there will be a pet show Friday, Sept. 14.

You and all your rowdy friends should know, fair officials have a zero tolerance for disruptive, disorderly behavior; fighting, vulgarity, improper dress and disrespect for others. Any violations of the policy will result in banishment from the fair and could also result in your arrest.

Scheduled events include a baby show Saturday, Sept. 15 sponsored by the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center. Judging is based on health, personality and appearance. On Saturday evening, the Horse Pull will begin at 7 p.m.

If you are hungry, the fair has many food vendors. The choices include Mongolian barbecue, crab cakes, roast beef, pizza, stuffed ham and, of course, funnel cake.

Lots of musical talent will be showcased during the four-day event. However, the 2018 lineup has not been announced yet. In the past, local music stars like Sam Grow and Jay Armsworthy have performed at the fair. There will be three venues on the grounds where the talent will perform.

Go for a ride! If the shuttle ride to the fairgrounds wasn’t thrilling enough, climb aboard one of Rosedale Attractions’ many rides in the midway. For the very small children there will be a “kiddie midway.” A $5 off coupon for rides is available through the county fair web site.

For more information on the 2018 Charles County Fair, visit the event web site.

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