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to the fair?

What is it about the county fair that’s so exciting?

As we made the drive for the second time this week (Ehem, the 7 minute drive. Terrible, I know! Ha!), I tried to answer that exact question. Certainly, the fair makes different people happy for different reasons. Sure, some must like the rides – you can count me out there. Others may go for the fireworks – I’m not even sure our fair has them. Perhaps you go for the music – it’s nice, but it’s certainly not the highlight for me.

No, I go for a few other reasons. First, the food. While I didn’t do all of the traditional “fair food” this year (Well, I only missed the funnel cake.), I typically go crazy once a year, and this fair is it. I start with a cheeseburger from the local “snack shack.” That’s typically paired with fries from the HS stand – “May I please have a freshman?” (They name the sizes by class years.) Finally, the night is finished off with funnel cake – and my husband and I have yet to finish one between the two of us. On a really good year, there might be cotton candy thrown in there, but that’s when I’m really feeling like a kid.

Second, the animals. There are some really cool animals at the fair – nothing earth shattering, but I enjoy seeing all types of farm animals all spiffed up and ready to be shown off. We typically watch whatever judging is going on while we are there – this year, it was the pigs. Very cool!

Third, the people. They’re hilarious, and I don’t care where your fair may be – you’ve got them, too! Naturally, you can people watch anywhere, but it seems only the best come out for the fair. You can see young romance blossom, see people who have stuffed themselves into clothes 2 sizes too small, and watch the prima donnas stroll by. It’s hilarious!

This year, we had plenty of additional entertainment. Our daughter is at such a fun age right now, so it was great to watch her dance to the music, say “aww” about the pigs, pull hair from a sheep (Clearly she needs some help in learning to pet animals!), walk the fairgrounds, and point at other children as we strolled by. It’s a pretty big year for politics, so we got to have some fun with the candidates on hand for the evening, and naturally brought home some yard signs that we’ll display for those we are supporting. I enjoyed seeing 5 of my photos on display, and enjoyed seeing 4 ribbons – 2 second, 1 third, and 1 fourth – pinned on them, as well! Finally, this year we watched part of the first annual zero-turn mower challenge. Funny!

The fair is a recap to summer and a warm welcome to fall. It’s a time to enjoy family and make memories. Walking around this year, I remember many of the things we did last year. Last year was special, but this year was even better.

What’s the fair to you? Why do you go and what do you enjoy? And what kinds of great things does your county fair have?

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spandex lamb tube?

Will someone please tell me why this sheep (Forgive me, or is it a lamb? Nevermind, I just learned that a lamb is just a sheep under 12 months old!) is wearing a striped spandex suit??? I know there has to be a reason, and I’d feel much better knowing.

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Okay, so I googled “why put spandex on a sheep” (My other word combinations didn’t generate any results.) and got to this … apparently it’s a lamb tube and it’s intended to keep them clean between showings? Is this correct?

And is it the same principle for the goats? Why don’t they get the cool spandex tubes? And why do some of them wear hoods?

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I’d love to know – seriously! I wonder every year as we check out the animals at the fair and would love to know the answer.

at the county fair

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We had a date with Brum Brum at the HC Fair last night, and it was a blast! It was a nearly perfect night for it; if it had been just a bit less humid, it would have been ideal. Still, the weather was gorgeous!

We got there and ate, then walked around and looked at the 4H entries – unbelievable produce, cakes, crafts and photography. Many of the kids entries in each category were absolutely amazing! We then walked around the vendor pavilion, finding little of interest. Our final stop was the livestock; we checked out the pigs, sheep, goats, cows, chickens and rabbits. Because she fell asleep midway through our livestock stroll, we decided to skip the rides; I know she would have loved the lights and motion, but they don’t do much good through closed eyes, right?!

All in all, it was lots of fun, but truly an exhausting night for Lily. By the time we got home, she’d had enough and was totally ready to eat and go to bed!

We’ve gotten our fill, and will await next year’s county fair. Next summer’s fair should prove to be even more fun, as little miss will be walking and much more aware – sounds like a formula for lots more humor and excitement to me!

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local events – 08, 09 & 10 …

Each quarter, I compile a list of local events in the MD/DC/NoVA area for our company newsletter. Here’s a sample of what’s going on in the tri-state area in August, September & October:

August

  • 8/7-16, Baltimore Restaurant Week, baltimorerestaurantweek.com, Various Baltimore locations
  • 8/8-15, Howard County Fair, howardcountyfair.com, Howard County Fairgrounds
  • 8/14, Friday Night Jazz featuring David Bach Consorts, nationalharbor.com, National Harbor
  • 8/14-15, 2009 MD State BBQ Bash, mdbbq.com, Bel Air, MD
  • 8/14-8/22, Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, mcagfair.com, Montgomery County Fairgrounds
  • 8/15, Brooks & Dunn with Pat Green, ticketmaster.com, Aberdeen Proving Ground
  • 8/15, Bowie Baysox vs. Portland Sea Dogs, baysox.com, Prince George’s Stadium
  • 8/16, Canoeing 101, potomac.org, Lockhouse 8 in Cabin John, MD
  • 8/18, Keith Urban, ticketmaster.com, Giant Center
  • 8/20, Keith Urban with Sugarland, ticketmaster.com, Verizon Center
  • 8/21, Friday Night Jazz featuring Be’La Dona, nationalharbor.com, National Harbor
  • 8/22, Movie in the Park: Bolt, brusnwickmd.gov, Square Corner Park in Brunswick, MD
  • 8/22, Bowie Baysox vs. Altoona Curve, baysox.com, Prince George’s Stadium
  • 8/22, Judas Priest with Whitesnake & Pop Evil, merriweathermusic.com, Merriweather Post Pavilion
  • 8/24-30, DC Summer Restaurant Week, washington.org/restaurantwk, Various DC Locations
  • 8/27, Phil Vassar, birchmere.com, Birchmere
  • 8/28, Friday Night Jazz featuring Eric Marner, nationalharbor.com, National Harbor
  • 8/28, The Flaming Lips with Explosions in the Sky & Stardeath and White Dwarfs, merriweathermusic.com, Merriweather Post Pavilion
  • 8/28-9/7, Maryland State Fair, marylandstatefair.com, Maryland State Fairgrounds
  • 8/29-30, Swingin’ Blues Wine & Music Festival, linganorewines.com, Linganore Winecellars
  • 8/30, Virgin Mobile FreeFest featuring Blink-182, merriweathermusic.com, Merriweather Post Pavilion

September

  • 9/2, Peter Frampton, birchmere.com, Birchmere
  • 9/3, Pet Shop Boys, ticketmaster.com, DAR Constitution Hall
  • 9/3-6, Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, baltimoresummerantiques.com, Baltimore Convention Center
  • 9/4, Friday Night Jazz featuring Tamika Law, nationalharbor.com, National Harbor
  • 9/5, Counting Crows with Michael Franti and Spearhead & Augustana, merriweathermusic.com, Merriweather Post Pavilion
  • 9/5, Bowie Baysox vs. Harrisburg Senators, baysox.com, Prince George’s Stadium
  • 9/6, Voices of the River: The Irish Inn Mates, potomac.org, Lockhouse 8 in Cabin John, MD
  • 9/9, Journey, ticketmaster.com, 1st Mariner Arena
  • 9/10-13, Sesame Street Live, ticketmaster.com, 1st Mariner Arena
  • 9/11, Friday Night Jazz featuring Marcus Johnson, nationalharbor.com, National Harbor
  • 9/12-13, Kids Fest, borail.org, B&O Railroad Museum
  • 9/13, The Proclaimers, birchmere.com, Birchmere
  • 9/16-20, Anne Arundel County Fair, aacountyfair.org, Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds
  • 9/18, Friday Night Jazz featuring Art Sherrod Jr., nationalharbor.com, National Harbor
  • 9/18, Anita Baker, ticketmaster.com, DAR Constitution Hall
  • 9/18-26, The Great Frederick Fair, thegreatfrederickfair.com, Frederick Fairgrounds
  • 9/19, Alan Jackson with Kellie Pickler, merriweathermusic.com, Merriweather Post Pavilion
  • 9/25, Friday Night Jazz featuring Earl Carter, nationalharbor.com, National Harbor
  • 9/25, Snow Patrol, ticketmaster.com, DAR Constitution Hall
  • 9/26, Walk Like MADD, support.madd.org, Potomac Nationals Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, VA
  • 9/27, WPOC Sunday in the Country, merriweathermusic.com, Merriweather Post Pavilion
  • 9/30, Regina Spektor, ticketmaster.com, DAR Constitution Hall

October

  • 10/3, In the Street, celebratefrederick.com, Downtown Frederick
  • 10/3-4, Fall Craft Festival, aacountyfair.org, Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds
  • 10/3-4, Frederick’s Oktoberfest, frederickoktoberfest.com, Frederick Fairgrounds
  • 10/3-4, Mount Airy Fall Festival, mtairyfallfestivals.com, Downtown Mount Airy
  • 10/5-6, Los Lonely Boys & Alejandro Escovedo with Hacienda (Brotherhood Acoustic Tour), birchmere.com, Birchmere
  • 10/6, The Allman Brothers Band & Widespread Panic, merriweathermusic.com, Merriweather Post Pavilion
  • 10/10, Alice Ferguson Foundation’s Oktoberfest, potomaccleanup.org, Hard Bargain Farm in Accokeek, MD
  • 10/10, Fast Cars & Freedom Charity Car Show, fastcarsandfreedom.info, McLean, VA
  • 10/10-12, Catoctin Colorfest, colorfest.org, Thurmont Community Park
  • 10/15-18, DC Antiques and Art Fair, dmgantiqueshows.com, DC Convention Center
  • 10/17-18, Railfest Steam Days, borail.org, B&O Railroad Museum
  • 10/17-18, Vintage Jazz Wine & Music Festival, linganorewines.com, Linganore Winecellars
  • 10/17-18, Myersville Trolley Festival, myersvillelionsclub.org/trolley/, Myersville Trolley
  • 10/24, Battlefield Hikes, nps.gov/mono, Monocacy National Battlefield
  • 10/25, Jeff Dunham Spark of Insanity Tour, ticketmaster.com, 1st Mariner Arena
  • 10/31, Halloween Bash, borail.org, B&O Railroad Museum

(Sorry the links won’t be live, but I’m just not that dedicated! I really do love you, though! Promise!)

P.S. – If you attend any of these events and love them/hate them, let me know!