See award winning livestock at agricultural fairs in Maryland-The Great Frederick Fair

Agricultural Education

2018 Overall Sponsor: Frederick County Farm Bureau

Programs

 

Exhibits

Check out the variety of exhibits featured at The Great Frederick Fair!

 

Activities

Horse Pull

Friday, September 14, 2018
5 p.m. – Equine Arena

Superintendent – Robert Shirley

Rules:

  1. There will be two (2) classes:
    Light Weight (under 3,300 lbs.), Heavy Weight (3,301 lbs. & up).
  2. Teams will be weighed at the fairgrounds Building 18 at 2 p.m.
  3. National and Maryland State Horse Pulling Rules will be observed and enforced.
  4. The contest begins at 5 p.m. with the Light Weight Class.
  5. The $10.00 entry fee will be collected at the scales.
  6. Prizes for each class:
    • 1st – $375.00
    • 2nd – $325.00
    • 3rd – $275.00
    • 4th – $225.00
    • 5th – $200.00
    • 6th – $175.00
    • 7th – $150.00
    • 8th – $125.00
    • 9th – $105.00
    • 10th – $90.00
    • all others – $75.00

Harness Racing

Adult

Wednesday, September 19- Saturday, September 22 at Noon
Free to the public located in front of the Grandstand

The first standardbred races were contested along roads between men challenging friends to a race. The sport flourished until World War I. The races at the fair are strictly exhibition and are not pari-mutual betting. The Great Frederick Fair is one of only two fairs offering harness racing in Maryland. The fairgrounds are designated as a year-round official training facility.

For more information, call 240-674-0413

Celebrity Harness Racing

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 @ 1 P.M.

Local celebrities compete in Harness Racing in front of the grandstand!

Kids Harness Racing

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 @ 12 P.M.

Free for children ages 4-9 years old.

Here is an opportunity to race on The Great Frederick Fair race track as your family and friends root you on from the Grandstand. Then get your picture taken in the “Winner’s Circle”.

Sign up for the races will start 12:30 p.m. at the registration table located inside the Grandstand.

Kids Pedal Pull

Saturday, September 22 @ 12 noon
at City Streets, Country Roads

Free for children ages 5-10 years old. The Kiddie Pedal Pull lets kids Dream Big and imagine what it is like to be in a tractor pull, while their family and friends cheer them on. Each round gets a little harder as the weight increases with each round.

Registration for this event begins at noon at City Streets, Country Roads. There are three age divisions: 5-6 years old, 7-8 years old, and 9-10 years old.

Stick Horse Workshop & Contest

Sunday, September 16 @ 2 pm
For children ages 1-10. Kids will have the chance to make their own stick horses.

Antique Car and Carriage Parades

Antique Car Parade

Thursday, September 20 @ approx. 1:15 pm
Click here to learn more!

Carriage Parade

Saturday, September 22 @ approx. 1:30 pm
Click here to learn more!

Farm & Garden Demos

Demonstrations throughout the week include bluegrass music, home canning, musical performances, corn shelling , homemade root beer making, butter making, boutonnieres, making plastic, crafts, forging, how to design a patio garden, homemade ice cream, bookmarkers, beekeeping, container gardening and a variety of demos by local FFA chapters.
Garden Demonstration Schedule

Click here for the full Farm and Garden Schedule.

 

It’s Fiber – Functional and Fun!

2018 Schedule

(subject to change)

Friday, September 14
Ongoing – Spinning demos, fiber preparation, weaving demos, carding demos, knitting demos
Hands on – fiber identification, weaving, carding, drop spindle, spinning wheel

Saturday, September 15 – Special of the day – Tatting Demos
Ongoing – Spinning demos, fiber preparation, weaving demos, carding demos, knitting demos
Hands on – fiber identification, weaving, carding, drop spindle, spinning wheel

Sunday, September 16 – Special of the day – spinning rabbit fiber with rabbits in attendance
Ongoing – Spinning demos, fiber preparation, weaving demos, carding demos, knitting demos
Hands on – fiber identification, weaving, carding, drop spindle, spinning wheel

Monday, September 17 – Special of the day – spinning dog fur – shearing demos – Tatting demos in the evening
Ongoing – spinning demos, fiber preparation, weaving demos, carding demos, knitting demos
Hands on – fiber identification, weaving, carding, drop spindle, spinning wheel
There will be shearing demos scheduled to start at 10 and go to 1.  Will attempt to begin at the hour mark each hour. (4 opportunities to see the shearing)

Tuesday, September 18 – Special of the day – Weaving demonstrations all day – shearing demos
Ongoing – spinning demos, fiber preparation, weaving demos, carding demos, knitting demos
Hands on – fiber identification, weaving, carding, drop spindle, spinning wheel
There will be shearing demos scheduled to start at 10 and go to 1.  Will attempt to begin at the hour mark each hour. (4 opportunities to see the shearing)

Wednesday, September 19 – Special of the day – Weaving demos all day – Tatting demos in the evening
Ongoing – spinning demos, fiber preparation, weaving demos, carding demos, knitting demos
Hands on – fiber identification, weaving, carding, drop spindle, spinning wheel

Thursday, September 20 – Special of the day – Shearing demos
Ongoing – spinning demos, fiber preparation, weaving demos, carding demos, knitting demos
Hands on – fiber identification, weaving, carding, drop spindle, spinning wheel
There will be shearing demos scheduled to start at 10 and go to 1.  Will attempt to begin at the hour mark each hour. (4 opportunities to see the shearing)

Friday, September 21 – Special of the day – Shearing demos
Ongoing – spinning demos, fiber preparation, weaving demos, carding demos, knitting demos
Hands on – fiber identification, weaving, carding, drop spindle, spinning wheel
There will be shearing demos scheduled to start at 10 and go to 1.  Will attempt to begin at the hour mark each hour. (4 opportunities to see the shearing)

Saturday, September 22 – Special of the day – Tatting demos
Ongoing – spinning demos, fiber preparation, weaving demos, carding demos, knitting demos
Hands on – fiber identification, weaving, carding, drop spindle, spinning wheel

 

Reflections

Some excerpts from the culinary students reflection papers on the Fair field trip:

In the one day we were there we learned so much about not only food but how things become food. Between the different barns and buildings and interviews and question we asked I gained so much knowledge. For example when we talked to Jeff Bradshaw about his honey straws he was able to explain the whole process of how they were made. Then in the dairy barn fellow CTC students told us about their dual purpose cows and how they used them for not only dairy but also meat. It was a very educational and I would highly suggest to take it with future students. This trip helped me become a better chef and will help me understand what more I have to do as a chef then cook. This trip showed me is I have to explore and show my personality off and express myself for what I love to do. The only way to learn is to be taught and by asking those questions you gain knowledge, for example we asked Mr. Bradshaw about his honey straws and he explained how they were made which I never even know that these straws existed. That’s where you had to open up and come out of your bubble with not being shy and asking people things. I think as years go on this trip could help many people such as the vendors, the great Frederick fair, and even your name out and into the mouths of people.