Maryland State Fair, 1975. Photo from the Baltimore Sun.

Maryland State Fair: The 11 Best Days of Summer

08/24/2017
By Preservation Maryland

Step right up, folks! Don’t be shy! It’s time for the 11 Best Days of Summer; the Maryland State Fair.

Maryland’s State Fair has operated from the same fairgrounds in Lutherville since 1879, when fairgoers arrived via wagons and carts driven along the York Turnpike, what’s now York Road. In the early days, popular attractions consisted of “sideshows, sack races, and greased pole climbing” and concessions were provided by the farmers’ wives.

Read more about the Fair’s history here, or visit the Baltimore Sun’s great gallery of historic Fair photos.

The Fair has changed over the years, but remains a showcase for the state’s agricultural heritage and an opportunity for Marylanders to enter their champion livestock, giant produce, and home-made food and baked goods into competition.

Governor William Donald Shafer at the 1990 Maryland State Fair.

Or if you’re looking for more of a thrill, try one of the forty rides featured on the Midway, including the stomach-churning Zipper. Just don’t go overboard on the rides before you sample some of the local favorites at the Maryland Foods Pavilion and Dairy Bar, which will feature crab cakes, ice cream, and other treats from around the state.

The Fair runs from Thursday, August 24, 2017 to Labor Day, September 4, 2017 but the fun doesn’t have to stop then. Check out the Maryland Association of Agricultural Fairs for details on County and local fairs upcoming throughout the fall.

“The Maryland State Fair” Book

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