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3 Doors Down, Travis Tritt, The Charlie Daniels Band, Lee Brice to play The Great Frederick Fair

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3 Doors Down will kick off the grandstand entertainment at The Great Frederick Fair on Sept. 15. The fair runs Sept. 15 to 23. It’s Travis Tritt and The Charlie Daniels Band on Sept. 16; the tractor/truck pull Sept. 18, the popular two-day Demolition Derby with cars on Sept. 19 and trucks, vans and Figure 8 on Sept. 20, and wrapping up is Lee Brice on Sept. 23. Three performers will be announced later and include another country artist on Sept. 17, a classic rock band Sept. 21 and a Christian artist Sept. 22. Tickets for all shows go on sale to…

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Former Great Frederick Fair leader to head international board

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From writing about fairs to running them and now promoting them internationally, one Frederick County woman has blazed a path for agriculture education and passion for local fairs. Becky Brashear, of Thurmont, helped run The Great Frederick Fair for 20 years. She will spend 2017 as chair of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions. She will travel across the U.S. and abroad promoting the positive effect fairs have on local economies. Brashear, who is assistant general manager of the Maryland State Fair, grew up in Frederick County and kept her 4-H steer projects at the Frederick Fairgrounds, she said….

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Frederick County Public Schools to open after Labor Day next school year

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Frederick County Public Schools will open after Labor Day next school year, complying with a controversial gubernatorial executive order. Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, signed an executive order on Aug. 31, requiring all of Maryland’s public schools to start after Labor Day and end by June 15. Hogan earned the ire of educational leaders and Democratic lawmakers, who accused him of overstepping his legal bounds and disregarding the purview of the local school districts. The Frederick County Board of Education voted Wednesday to approve the 2017-18 calendar. The first day of school will be Tuesday, Sept. 5, the day after…

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Easing of alcohol rules leads talk with county’s legislative delegation

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Bills allowing barbershops to serve alcohol to their patrons and removing or increasing limits on how much beer Flying Dog Brewery can serve at its taproom are on the Frederick County delegation’s radar for the legislative session that starts in January. Those were among the issues raised when the county’s legislative delegation met with residents Saturday morning at Winchester Hall… Maurice Gladhill, treasurer of The Great Frederick Fair, asked the delegation for legislation to protect the fair from historic zoning restrictions, after the City of Frederick considered giving the city’s Historic Preservation Commission authority to review and approve major exterior…

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James ‘Doc’ McClellan, noted Frederick political figure, dies at 90

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There’s a reason the Edward P. Thomas Jr. Memorial Swimming Pool at Baker Park has the name it does. In the early 1980s, state Sen. Charles Smelser and Delegate James E. “Doc” McClellan were at odds on proposed renovations to the pool. Smelser was reluctant to spend the money needed to make it happen. McClellan — who died Saturday — proposed to name the pool after Sen. Thomas, a close friend and confidant of both Smelser and McClellan. Thomas died in 1983. Read the full story here!

155 Years of The Great Frederick Fair

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At the turn of the nineteenth century, modernization was changing the very landscape of America. Newfangled machines, modern inventions, unthinkable advances. And the field of all this innovation? It was in the field itself: agriculture. Europe was pumping out new agricultural inventions faster than it was crops, and America was in a pickle. How were we to keep up with the European agricultural innovation as they plowed ahead? The answer lay not in labs or assembly lines, but in agricultural societies. Much like competitors in Europe, and even Virginia and the Carolinas, farmers in Maryland wanted to keep up with the latest…

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Possible calendars to be presented to Frederick County school board next month

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Possible calendar options for the next school year will be presented to Frederick County school board members on Nov. 2, leaving them to grapple with how best to handle the new state requirement that school start after Labor Day. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed an executive order the last day of August forcing all public schools in Maryland to start post-Labor Day. Though polls show the move to be popular with the public, the move angered local school leaders and Democratic lawmakers, who said Hogan overstepped his bounds. Hogan, in his original plan, allowed the Maryland State Board of Education…

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20-50-100 Years Ago – October 19

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100 Years Ago October 19, 1916 With one of the largest Wednesday crowds in the history of the Great Frederick Fair, and thereby the opportunity to establish new attendance and record records, all Frederick county is hoping today for clear skies for the “big” day of the year’s biggest event. At one time there were fully 800 automobiles parked in the space reserved for machines. The total attendance for the day conservatively estimated at 15,000. Read the full story here

The ‘best’ cookies that almost didn’t happen at The Great Frederick Fair (recipe)

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The day started at 6 a.m., piling into the car with a sick pitbull mix heading to a veterinarian in Pikesville. Baked good entries for The Great Frederick Fair were due at 8 p.m. that day, but Allison Green had no recipe, no ingredients and no time. Cindy Green tried to comfort her daughter as she fretted over her dog and realized this would be one of the few years she had nothing to enter to the fair. As they waited at the vet, Cindy mentioned a recipe she saw on Facebook, and the two stopped at Traders Joe’s hours…

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20-50-100 Years Ago – October 11

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100 Years Ago October 11, 1916 Remarkable time is being made on tearing down the four residences on East Patrick street on the site purchased for the new post office building. So far the contractor, Frank H. Grove, has been engaged in the work eight days. All of the houses are now down with the exception of two stories of the old Zimmerman property and some outbuildings in the rear. Read more here!