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Rockin’ the gold at the Calvert County Fair

Calvert County Fair Senior King and Queen with Rockin Elvis
Left to right, Calvert County Fair Senior King for 2018 Gary Ginesse, Rockin' Elvis Jim Godbold and Senior Queen for 2018 Connie Hust.

Barstow, MD - Dreary, overcast skies couldn’t spoil the high spirits as Calvert County’s active seniors were feted, fed and entertained Thursday, Sept. 27 at the 2018 Calvert County Fair. The five-day event’s first full day featured some fair traditions. The Red Hat Parade began after Rockin’ Elvis Jim Godbold entertained the attendees with a variety of the King of Rock ‘N’ Roll’s hits. Ed Sullivan of the Calvert County Office on Aging introduced June Helen Kretzing, 99, who has lived in North Beach for 40 years.

Then it was time to announce the Calvert County Fair Board’s selection for Senior King and Queen of the 2018 Calvert County Fair. Gary Ginese from Southern Pines Senior Center (SPSC) was selected king and Connie Hust, also from SPSC, was chosen as queen. The runners-up were Arnett “Smitty” Smith from Calvert Pines Senior Center (CPSC) and Florida Harrod, also from CPSC.

The senior attendees were then served free lunches, which were prepared by Calvert County culinary students. The traditional Calvert County Fair Bingo game was held after lunch in the main hall.

Friday, Sept. 28 is Youth Day at the fair. The 30-year tradition is a day when Calvert County Public Schools are closed for students and students are admitted free until 4 p.m.

Saturday’s schedule is jam-packed with a variety of activities, including live entertainment by local dancers and the finals of the Calvert County Idol competition. Agriculture activities also highlight the day with the 4-H and open cattle show in the morning and the 4-H livestock auction in the early evening. Mark’s Electronics has booked several Washington Redskins’ alumni for an autograph signing session. According to organizer Mark Flaherty, Meet Redskins Alumni Mike Nelms, Ron McDole and Pat Fischer will be at the fair at 3 p.m. along with Spiggy of the Hogettes, and Monte Coleman, and Mark Moseley will be there at 5 p.m. 

Sunday’s fair wrap-up day includes an antique tractor pull at 10 a.m., a children’s contest at noon and live entertainment by the Chesapeake Country Cruizers and the Country Gentlemen Tribute Band.

The fair is located on Route 231 in Barstow.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com

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