There’s no surer sign of fall in Southern Maryland than the start of county fair season. In just a few weeks, the midways will light the night, local talent will grace the stage, and the fryers will heat up to cook that decadent fair food you’ve been craving since last year.
I love county fair season! There’s so much to enjoy, from the exhibit building showcasing the skill and hard work of our friends and neighbors to the livestock pens where you can get up close and personal with a cow, chicken, pig, or sheep.
What’s your favorite part of the fair? Tractor pulls and baby contests? Vendors and artisans? Whirling rides and games? Deep-fried everything or the perfect French fries? No matter what you love most about the fair, you’ll find it at Southern Maryland’s county fairs. Mark your calendars now – fair season starts in just a few weeks!
Charles County Fair
When: Thursday to Sunday, Sept. 13-16, 2018
Cost: $10 age 11 and up; free age 10 and younger; $25 for a four-day pass. Schoolchildren are admitted free on Friday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Charles County Fairgrounds, 8440 Fairground Road, La Plata
(Image via Charles County Fair on Facebook)
St. Mary’s County Fair
When: Thursday to Sunday, Sept. 20-23, 2018
Cost: $5 adults; $1 children age 6 to 12; free for children under 6; season pass: $10 adults, $2 children age 6 to 12.
Where: St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, 42455 Fairgrounds Rd, Leonardtown
(Image via St. Mary’s County Fair on Facebook)
Calvert County Fair
When: Thursday to Sunday, Sept. 26-30, 2019
Cost: $5 general admission
Where: Calvert County Fairgrounds, 140 Calvert Fair Dr., Prince Frederick
Other Fairs Near Southern Maryland
Looking for more county fair fun? Check out these the fairs also happening this fall:
Maryland State Fair: Aug. 23-Sept. 3, 2018. Website: http://www.marylandstatefair.com/
Anne Arundel County: Sept. 12-16, 2018. Website: http://www.aacountyfair.org/
Prince George’s County: Sept. 6-9, Website: http://www.countyfair.org/
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