There's something special about a good old-fashioned county fair. The counties of Maryland and Virginia that surround Washington, DC each host a summer fair, complete with carnival rides, live animal shows, musical entertainment, arts and craft exhibits, and lots of food. Each county fair has its own specialty, so check out the scheduled events before you go. Here is a guide to Summer 2014 county fairs:
Howard County Fair
2014 Dates to Be Announced. Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Rd. W., Friendship, Maryland. (410) 442-1022. Carnival rides, live music, farm animals, food.
Montgomery County Agricultural Fair
August 8–16, 2014. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg, Maryland. (301) 926-3100. Livestock competitions and displays, monster trucks, lots of entertainment and food.
Prince George’s County Fair
September 4-7, 2014. Prince George's County Equestrian Center and the Showplace Arena, Water St., Upper Marlboro, Maryland. (301) 579-2598. Carnival rides, live animals displays, family circus, fireworks, live entertainment, food.
Anne Arundel County Fair
2014 Dates to Be Announced. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Generals Highway, Crownsville, Maryland. (410) 923-3400. Monster truck rides, carnival rides and games, farm animals and exhibits, pig races, antique saw mill, pie eating contest, talent show and much more.
Charles County Fair
September 11-14, 2014. Charles County Fairgrounds, 8440 Fairgrounds Road. La Plata, Maryland. (301) 932-1234. Farm animals, displays, demonstrations, food, entertainment, carnival rides, games and activities for all ages.
Great Frederick Fair
September 12-20, 2014. Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick, Maryland. (301) 663-5896. Musical entertainment, tractor pulls, equine expo and showcase, agricultural events, food.
Calvert County Fair
2014 Dates to Be Announced. Calvert County Fairgrounds, 140 Calvert Fair Rd. Prince Frederick, Maryland.(410) 535-0026. Farm animals, exhibits, musical, entertainment, food, carnival rides, contests and a 4H auction.
Fauquier County Fair
2014 Dates to Be Announced. Fauquier County Fairgrounds, 6209 Old Auburn Road Warrenton, Virginia. (540) 341-7950. Livestock, rabbits, poultry, produce, homemade arts and crafts, animal shows, contests, games, demonstrations, homegrown dinner and music.
Loudoun County Fair
July 21-26, 2014. Loudoun County Fairgrounds, 17564 Dry Mill Rd., Leesburg, Virginia. (703) 777-3835. Carnival, rodeo-bull riding, farm animals and demonstrations, magic acts, live musical entertainment and food.
Fairfax County 4 H Fair
2014 Dates to Be Announced. Frying Pan Park, 2709 W. Ox Rd., Herndon, Virginia. (703) 324-5203. Farm animals, children’s rides and a pie-eating contest. Free Admission.
Arlington County Fair
August 6-10, 2014. Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St., Arlington, Virginia (703) 920-4556. Pig and goat races, pony rides, carnival rides, international foods, crafts. Free Admission.
Prince William County Fair
August 8-16, 2014. Prince William County Fairgrounds, Rt. 234, Manassas, Virginia (703) 368-0173. Virginia’s largest county fair. Carnival rides, barn shows, live entertainment and attractions for all ages.