Calvert’s youth flocks to the fair Crab
Barstow, MD -
Calvert’s great early fall tradition—now easing into its third generation—Youth Day at the county fair drew a massive crowd Friday, Sept. 29. The Barstow fairgrounds were bustling with activities gear toward school-age youngsters who came to take a few rides to remember in the carnival midway, chomp on corn dogs and funnel cake, and get up close and personal with the barnyard animals.

Youth Day might have been a casualty of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s edict declaring that public schools had to wait until after Labor Day to open. In revising their 2017 - 2018 school year calendar Calvert County Public Schools (CCPS) officials had Sept. 29 as a day of classes. Some lobbying by members of the Calvert County Fair Board convinced the Board of Education to continue the tradition dating back to the late 1980s of giving the kids the day off.

There were plenty of Youth Day shows, contests and exhibits on the fair schedule Friday. The children were encouraged to register for the traditional bike drawing and to participate in a scavenger hunt.

Comedy illusionist Reggie Rice performed several shows. Several local dance studios also hoofed it up at the pavilion.’s beloved crab—who is quickly becoming a favorite among young, beautiful girls and children of all ages—made his third appearance in three weeks, thus attending all of the Lower Southern Maryland county fairs--the only local media mascot to do so.

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