What’s not there? Everything is there!
Oh, what fun it was on Saturday night wandering among the animal pens, seeing the baby ducks, the stubborn camels, the donkeys, the baby goats, the miniature horses, the milking cows (with demonstrations), the highly entertaining dance contest (sponsored by 107.3 FM), the pig races, the goat races, the duck races, the master gardeners, the toilet bowl decorating contest. (What? Yes!)
What’s with the “Rabbit Barn”? Why is that so popular? Isn’t a rabbit a rabbit a rabbit? (A city girl I am I am.)
Everything was so clean! It was all marvelous, including the weather, and plenty of fix’uns to eat: corn on the cob, ice cream, ‘burgers, pizza, tacos, Mediterranean food, grilled chicken, grilled beef, baked beans, cole slaw, corn bread, French fries, funnel cakes with apple slices swathed in flowing warm caramel sauce, homemade lemonade, yummy!
The lemonade stands had long lines where buyers stood ready to pay $5/cup and were happily surprised to find it cost only $3/cup. A 9-year-old boy said: “Mom, this lemonade is perfect!”
At the rows of brownies, cookies, cakes, and pies, two bright-eyed 4-H’ers, a girl, about 7, and a boy, 11, showed off their creations and were delighted to talk about them, leading me to make a purchase of a piece of chocolate cake. (Not that the anticipated taste of chocolate cake in my mouth was a factor.)
Lots to buy: jewelry, pink garden tools, purses, leather goods in the “chilly mall,” and lots to ride at the carnival. On site: booths of every persuasion including the Episcopal Church, Right to Lifers, recycling, the Democratic Party, the Republican Party.
Compared to last year’s Arlington County Fair (which was free), Montgomery County’s Fair is every bit worth the $10 admission fee, and on Tuesday, August 17, seniors 62 and older can get in for free until 4:00 p.m. Children under age 12 are admitted free all week.
My only complaint: the 30-minute wait line for shuttles to carry weary fairgoers back to their autos parked at Lakeforest Mall. (Dear Montgomery County, at $10 a pop, can’t you add more shuttles for a few hours during the night?) Folks, it is worth $5 to pay to park at the fair parking lot and get to your car much sooner.
What: The 62nd Montgomery County Agricultural Fair
When: Every day now through Saturday, August 21. The fair opens at 10:00 a.m. and stays open until midnight. The rides open at noon.
Where: The fairgrounds between Perry Parkway, Route 355, and Chester Street in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Click here for directions.
How much: $10/person except no charge for children under age 12. No charge for seniors 62 and older on Tuesday, August 17 until 4:00 p.m.
For more information: 301-926-3100 or 301- 963-FAIR; Email: [email protected]