Most fairs feature the same wonderful amusements of summer: games of chance and skill, blow-up Spider-man and Hello Kitty prizes, lemonade, corn on a stick, the ferris wheel, horse racing, lotto, exhibition halls, prize-winning livestock, hot dogs, crab cakes, beer, bingo. And although the Maryland State Fair in Timonium will always be our favorite (Aug. 24-Sept. 3), here’s a list of other fairs to check out when you’re out beyond your own backyard. City Paper sizzlin’ hot tip: these babys take place later in the summer and into the fall so dress accordingly. (Motorhead tee always appropriate.)
Baltimore County 4-H Fair, July 12-15, Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, www.baltimorecounty4hfair.org.
Delaware State Fair,July 19-28, Delaware Fairgrounds, Harrington Del., www.delawarestatefair.com.
Cecil County Fair, July 20-28, Fair Hill Fairgrounds, Elkton, www.cecilcountyfair.org.
Somerset County Fair, July 23-29, Princess Anne, www.somersetcountyfair.org.
Harford County Farm Fair, July 26-29, Equestrian Center, Bel Air, www.farmfair.org.
Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair, July 28-Aug. 3, Carroll County Extension Office, Westminster, www.carrollcountyfair.com.
Frederick County Fair, July 29-Aug. 4, Frederick County Fairgrounds, www.frederickcountyfair.com.
Howard County Fair, Aug. 4-11, Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, www.howardcountyfair.com.
Queen Anne’s County Fair, Aug. 6-11, 4-H Park, Centreville, www.queenannescofair.com.
Worcester County Fair, Aug. 10-12, www.worcestercountyfair.com.
Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, Aug. 10-18, Montgomery County Agricultural Center, Gaithersburg, www.mcagfair.com.
State Fair of West Virginia, Aug. 10-18, Fairlea, W. Va., www.wvstatefair.com.
Maryland State Fair, Aug. 24-Sept. 3, Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, www.marylandstatefair.com.
Prince George’s County Fair, Sept. 6-9, Equestrian Center, Upper Marlboro, www.countyfair.org.
Charles County Fair, Sept. 12-16, Charles County Fairgrounds, La Plata, www.charlescountyfair.com.
Anne Arundel County Fair, Sept. 13-17, Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville, www.aacountyfair.org.
Calvert County Fair, Sept. 17-Oct. 1, Calvert County Fairgrounds, Barstow, www.calvertcountyfair.com.
State Fair of Virginia, Sept. 27-Oct. 7, Richmond Raceway Complex, Richmond Va., www.statefair.com/site.asp.
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