TIMONIUM, Md. – Prepare for the Fair! The 140th Maryland State Fair presented by Toyota will be in full swing from Thursday, August 26 through Monday, September 6, 2021 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Marylanders may pre-register their entries on-line now through July 31 to compete for ribbons, prizes and bragging rights. The Maryland State Fair offers more than 3,000 competition classes for 4-H/FFA members and/or Open Class (general public) exhibitors to enter. The 2021 Premium Catalog, complete with competitions, schedules, rules, regulations and entry forms, is now on-line at www.marylandstatefair.com.
Due to last year’s COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the 2020 Maryland State Fair was closed to the general public and only able to host you and open livestock shows. Now that restrictions by Governor Hogan and Baltimore County Executive Olszewski have been lifted, the traditional Maryland State Fair will be back in full swing from Thursday, August 26 through Monday, September 6, 2021.
“We are thankful to have the opportunity to continue to fulfill the Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society’s mission to preserve Maryland agriculture and promote its importance to our state, our country and the world,” said Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society Chairman of the Board Gerry L. Brewster. “We are pleased that the pandemic restrictions have been lifted, enabling us to host the traditional 12 Best Days of Summer. Safety of our exhibitors and fairgoers is our first priority, so we will continue to monitor COVID-19 safety recommendations and make necessary adjustments.”
The 2021 Maryland State Fair will be complete with the Deggeller Attractions Midway and Kiddie Land rides, games and treats, 4-H and Open Home Arts and Farm & Garden exhibits, livestock and horse shows, the Birthing Center, U-Learn Agriculture Education Zone, live Thoroughbred horse racing, live concerts, food and beverages from Maryland’s farms and the Bay in the Maryland Foods Pavilion and the Chesapeake Craft Brew & Wine Garden, commercial and non-profit organization exhibits, and more.
The Maryland State Fair recognizes the enduring appeal of Maryland’s citizens, students, and 4-H and FFA members to share their talents and enjoy friendly competition. “Despite innumerable difficulties over the last year, many Marylanders pressed on to plant gardens, to care for their livestock and horses, and to make a variety of home arts, woodworking, and other creative items,” said Maryland State Fair General Manager Andy Cashman. “We are proud to provide the opportunity for these individuals from our great state’s cities, towns, farms, mountains and shores to showcase their talents.”
“Our goal is to provide a variety of safe, enjoyable and educational experiences to help make memories for a lifetime for thousands of exhibitors and hundreds of thousands of Fair fans,” said Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society President Donna G. Myers. The Maryland State Fair, located in Timonium in Baltimore County, runs from Thursday, August 26 – Monday, September 6, 2021. For details, go to www.marylandstatefair.com. Prepare for the Fair!
–Edie M. Bernier, Maryland State Fair