Exhibits at the fair
Check out the variety of exhibits featured at The Great Frederick Fair!
Sponsored By: Kenley T. Hubble LLC of Ijamsville
The fair’s livestock Birthing Center, is an extension of the City Streets, Country Roads Agriculture Awareness Exhibit, located off Machinery Row it is an educational endeavor where the public can witness up close farm animals giving birth and caring for their young. Dr. Cindy Burnsteel of the Western Maryland Veterinary Medical Association helps the Birthing Center run smoothly. She and members of the veterinary association will be on hand throughout the week, volunteering to assist the animals through the birthing process and to answer questions from the public.
If you’ve never experienced the giving of birth first hand, the Birthing Center is a “must see” educational and experiential exhibit at the annual county fair. Each day a calf will be born, right in front of huge anticipating audiences. It’s the miracle of life at its best. For many, it’s the first time they’ve ever seen anything being born. On the farm, it’s a way of life. Fair-goers will also get to see a mother pig (sow) give birth, and a mother sheep (ewe) deliver their young. Bleachers will be provided for public viewing convenience.
This expanded innovative exhibit showcases Frederick County’s Diary Industry. When you visit the Milky Way you will see and experience:
- Representation of the six major dairy breeds and information about them
- Hands on activities
- Dairy recipes
- Exhibits about dairy products
- And much more…
Do you have a COW in your refrigerator?
Visit the milky way to see if you have a cow in your refrigerator.
Visit this state-of-the-art milking facility for a glimpse of the twice-a-day milking ritual with dairy experts on hand to explain what is going on. The facility built in 2001 provides our Dairy Exhibitors a clean sanitized place to milk their cows during fair week. Monies from the milk are used to maintain the milking facility and to support the Frederick County 4-H Dairy program by providing for additional learning experiences and scholarships for the dairy youth in Frederick County.
Did you know Maryland dairy cows produced an average of 7 gallons of milk or 100 glasses each day? To produce this much milk, a cow consumes 35 gallons of water, 20 pounds of grain and concentrated feeds and 35 pounds of hay and silage in one day. The first cow arrived in the U.S3. in 1611. Now, there are over 10 million dairy cows in the U.S.
Each person in Maryland drank an average of 23 gallons of milk last year. Maryland can boast that the first commercial ice cream plant in the world was established in Baltimore by Jacob Fussell in 1841. Today, one of the largest milk processing plants east of the Mississippi River is located in Laurel.
City Streets, Country Roads
The national-award-winning, City Streets, Country Roads exhibit is the place to be if you want to learn more about agriculture during The Great Frederick Fair. The 80 x 60 foot exhibit area will be packed full of live animal exhibits and educational displays for the full run of the fair.
This is an exhibit the public always looks forward to, with educational displays that include more animal exhibits, hands on activities, and workshops for the whole family. Each year, some 40,000 fair-goers visit City Streets, Country Roads!
Farm animals of all kinds will be at the exhibit for fair-goers to take a peek at, from a miniature donkey to baby chicks. Almost daily, the public will be able to see eggs hatch into baby chicks. This is one of the most popular displays at the exhibit that children especially enjoy.
There are plenty of fun activities during fair week for children of all ages to enjoy!
- A decorated wagon parade lets children in age classes 1-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10 deck out their wagons for judging on Saturday, Sept. 16. Registration begins at 1:30 pm. The event begins at 2 p.m. at the CSCR exhibit area.
- Sunday, Sept. 17, is the stick horse workshop for ages 1-10 starting at 2 p.m.
- The kids’ tractor pedal pull is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, along Machinery Row. Registration begins at noon.
- It’s Kids Day on Thursday, Sept. 21, and fair-goers can also take in some non-traditional 4-H demonstrations. Friday is also the fair’s ag careers fair, giving students an opportunity to learn about the vast career paths agriculture. There will be representatives on hand to answer questions and to guide visitors through the event.
- Linton, Shafer, Warfield & Garrett
- Washington Gas
- Frederick County Farm Bureau
- Frederick County Farm Bureau Women
- Frederick County Farm Bureau Dairy Bar
- Willard Agri-Services
- Frederick Equipment Company
- Farmers Co-op Association
- MidAtlantic Farm Credit
- Frederick County Farm Museum
It's Fiber! Functional and Fun
Formerly known as “It’s Fiber Optics!”
Located outside Barn 27
This expanded innovative exhibit showcases wool fibers and how they are utilized in our lives everyday.
Have you ever thought about where your clothes come from?…sheep, goats, rabbits, alpaca, llama, camel, corn, soy, wood pulp, dog, cotton, etc.
Come experience animal and plant fibers at all stages of production and learn what nature and your clothes have in common. Maybe you will find a sheep in your closet! Lots of free hands on activities are offered in this exhibit.
My Plate Garden
Sponsored By: My Pork Authority & Ceresville Mansion
A partnership between Seed of Life Nurseries & United Way of Frederick County
MY Plate Garden, and Agriculture … It’s What’s for Lunch! lunch box program, provided educational engagement through visual aids, e-books and lesson plans unlike any other program at our fair. MY Plate Garden served as a demonstration garden for the community, teaching about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s balanced diet, promoting a healthier lifestyle and educating the importance of agriculture in our lives.
The garden models the USDA’s MY Plate daily nutritional recommendation diagram, divided into five sections: fruits, grains, vegetables, proteins and dairy. Walkways separating the food groups allowed fairgoers to view the garden. Educational signage identified the plants, and hosts were on-hand to interact with fairgoing public. A hand painted mural facing the garden was done through volunteer services of local artists, complimented the showcase area.
Specifically targeting local low income areas of Lucas Village, Waverly and Hillcrest, the garden which was started from scratch this past June served as an educational tool, teaching youngsters how to start, plant and grow their own garden in areas where healthy food isn’t readily available, and some of which are declared by the CDC as Food Deserts. The MY Plate Garden gave neighborhood youngsters a chance to participate in hands-on planting and maintenance experiences, while learning when, what and how to plant a successful garden. Products from the garden were either sold through various local Farmers Markets, or were donated to the City of Frederick’s Soup Kitchen
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