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

Agricultural Education

2018 Overall Sponsor: Frederick County Farm Bureau



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


Horse Pull

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

Superintendent – Robert Shirley


  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


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


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

Kids Harness Racing


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 – coming soon.

(subject to change)


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

I absolutely loved this project. Not only did I love this project because the fair is my favorite place to go and be, but I loved that it brought a whole new perspective to me about the fair. It made me look at the animals and the other farm exhibits in a new light of how these things are actually of importance to our community and environment and how they help us out in having the freshest food. I also really enjoyed getting out of our classroom and see a different side of the food industry. As a student I want to say that I wished we had more time at the fair but I do understand one day is good enough. How this project helped me be a better culinarian is I learned how to better talk up my food/ sell my food to customers and expand my vocabulary describing foods. This project also expanded my knowledge on the animals that have to do with just about most of the products that we use in the kitchen and it showed me more about why they are used for what they are used for and that they are hard to take care and very valuable animals. To expand on from that this project changed the way I look at the farm animals too, instead of looking at them as just animals and being cute I look at them as how important they are to us and all that they really supply for us every day. Another way this project made me a better culinarian is it showed me that there is more options in the food industry than just cooking, I could go out and write food commercials, make food commercials or go out and try food and advertise the business. Not only could I do all that but it showed me that people/ vendors make a lot of money for being at the fair and selling their product and that I could have my own little food stand at the fair and become known.