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Experience the Maryland State fair at least once
“If you’ve never been to the Maryland State Fair, you should go. It’s good to experience it at least once!” That’s according to Beth Reed, who recently ended her one-year tenure as Miss Frederick County Farm Bureau.

Great Frederick Fair sets entertainment lineup
Brantley Gilbert kicks off a week of nightly grandstand entertainment for The Great Frederick Fair on Sept. 13. And a ticket to this bad boy of country music’s show may be one of the hottest of the musical lineup, which also includes the legendary Kenny Rogers, the handsome Chris Young with opener Cassadee Pope, winner of season 3 of “The Voice,” the gravelly voiced Kip Moore and rock legends Styx.

Group Gives Back to Community, Plants for Great Frederick Fair
A group of volunteers in Frederick are digging and planting as they give back to the community, all while getting ready for the 152nd Great Frederick Fair.

“We’re planting a healthy food-plate, fruits and vegetables and grain and protein,” said volunteer camper Simon Price.

Welcome to The Great Frederick Fair
I can hear the tractor pull from my house. Anyone from Route 15 to the eastern fringes of Spring Ridge probably can. Methane fueled, featuring multiple turbo-chargers and cranking out more than 5,000 horsepower, the roar of those engines carries a long way. That sharp, staccato sound on a September evening has come to herald autumn’s approach alongside chilly nights that call for a sweater—a sure sign The Great Frederick Fair is in full swing.

Animal showing is family affair at state fair
Mandi Valentine-Dennis has been showing animals since she was 8. Now married and 32, Valentine-Dennis still feels excited as she prepares for her umpteenth show at the Maryland State Fair from Aug. 22 to Sept. 1.

Barbara Fritchie Classic: Mees adds to history of No. 9
Long before Friday’s Barbara Fritchie Classic main event started, the race’s grand marshal, Mary Nixon, said she liked “that No. 9.” … 92nd running of the Barbara Fritchie Classic at The Great Frederick Fairgrounds.

The Frederick County Fair is one of the oldest agricultural fairs in the state of Maryland dating back to 1822 when it was known as the Cattle Show and Fair.

Over the years the fair has changed names several times. Today, the Frederick County Fair is officially named the Great Frederick Fair.

The entertainment lineup for the Great Frederick Fair for 2014 has been announced.
Fair board officials say visitors can take in Brantley Gilbert, Kenny Rogers, Chris Young and Cassadee Pope, and Styx.

Famous Birthdays Today, Feb. 28: Jason Aldean…
Jason Aldean at the Great Frederick Fair, Frederick, Maryland.

Do You Know…The Great Frederick Fair e-ventplex Hosts Hundreds of Event Days
This September marks the 152nd edition of The Great Frederick Fair, held at the e-ventplex on East Patrick Street. A private, non-profit entity, the Fair is governed by a Board of Directors who are elected from the County’s 250 member Agricultural Society.

Maryland Association of Agricultural Fairs and Shows 2013 Convention Report to IAFE
Located in the IAFE International Publication

The Great Frederick Fair IAFE 2013 Report Form
Located in the IAFE International Publication

Great Frederick Fair receives grant for Agri-Theatre
The Great Frederick Fair recently received a $650 grant from The AG-C.I.T.E. Fund, one of more than 640 components funds of The Community Foundation of Frederick County. AG-C.I.T.E. stands for “Agricultural Community Interactive Teaching Experience.”

Oakdale FFA growth reflects national trend
IJAMSVILLE, Md. (AP) — A new school usually comes with new programs, and Oakdale High is a case in point.

Montevue Auxiliary News
Montevue Assisted Living Auxiliary met Oct. 3….Residents also attended The Great Frederick Fair and some residents received blue ribbons for the items they entered.

Families find deals at TotSwap in Frederick
Thousands of good deals drew savvy shoppers to the TotSwap children’s consignment event over the weekend.

Organizers say The Great Frederick Fair attendance appears to exceed 2012
Final numbers have not been tallied, but fair board president John Bare believes attendance this year at The Great Frederick Fair exceeded last year’s numbers.

Five question with John Bare, president of The Great Frederick Fair Board
Five question with John Bare, president of The Great Frederick Fair Board

Tech, farms team up in Children’s Day exhibits
It wouldn’t be Children’s Day at The Great Frederick Fair without a little “Bovine Intervention.”

Teen, recovered from heart surgery, finds success in the dairy barn

Earlier this summer Kayla Lenhart, 14, was recovering from heart surgery. Now the Lewistown teenager is showing livestock at The Great Frederick Fair and planning a trip to the World Dairy Expo.

Do it again- Beach Boys prove age is but a number at Friday night performance
Numbers floated through the air like a warm mist radiating from a wave through summer skies Friday night as the Beach Boys took the grandstand stage at The Great Frederick Fair. Those numbers?

Lewistown man retires from fair milking parlor
Harold Long has been a fixture at The Great Frederick Fair for decades.

Grand champion steer sells for $9,268 at fair livestock auction
Years of caring for his steer culminated in his biggest 4-H win so far for Christopher Coblentz. The 12-year-old Rocky Ridge 4-H member received the coveted Grand Champion Market Steer honors Wednesday at The Great Frederick Fair, and sold for $9,268 on Thursday at the livestock auction.

Hunter Hayes brings new gen country to The Great Frederick Fair
Before Hunter Hayes even took the stage, thousands of girls were screaming. All anyone had to say was “Hunter Hayes” and cue the screams. Hayes is new gen country, and his music crosses charts and generations.

Only second place, but a great day for a harness race
It was a great day for harness racing at The Great Frederick Fair.

Love looks back as Beach Boys get set to take The Great Frederick Fair grandstand stage
Of all the many great, iconic songs the Beach Boys have penned, it takes a 1979 rarity to get founding member Mike Love excited these days. “Goin’ to the Beach,” which appears on “Made In California 1962-2012,” the recently released box set that features out-takes, B-sides, demos and alternate versions of some of the group’s most recognizable hits, is a lost gem, an upbeat, shuffle-driven short trip that only now, after more than 30 years, is officially seeing the light of day.

News-Post reporter Ed Waters in harness race at the Great Frederick Fair

Horsemanship, precision are focus at jousting exhibition
Rosalita ignored the direction to charge and broke out into something that resembled more of a sideways dance instead.

100-pound calf born to cheers at Frederick fair
A cow on the verge of giving birth will keep fair-goers at the birthing center, sometimes for hours, hoping to catch a glimpse of Mother Nature in action.

Fair food: Would you eat the Walk-Away Taco?
It’s easy to love fair food. Funnel cakes. Fresh-cut french fries. Cheese-steaks. Bloomin’ onions. Cotton candy. Popcorn. Nachos. Any kind of greasy, fattening, awesome food is precisely 69,390-times more greasy, fattening and awesome when had at a county fair. Shoving that stuff down your throat as the dust kicks up from the blowing wind and the unfortunate aromas creep over from the Ag barn isn’t just a pastime for all humankind, it’s a gosh darn luxury, gosh darn it.

220- pound pumpkin from Middletown takes fair prize
On Tuesday, Brianna’s blue-ribbon pumpkin occupied the better part of The Great Frederick Fair’s display pen, where a skid loader plopped it Thursday. It was too large to haul into the farm and garden building the usual way, on a tarp.

Wine a big hit with fair-goers
Offering wine at The Great Frederick Fair for the first time this year seems to be a hit.

The Great Frederick Fair
Staff and Reader-Submitted Photos

Rain no big deal for fairgoers
Some people wore parkas. Others trudged around in rain boots.
Still others, including some elementary school students, came to The Great Frederick Fair on Monday armed with umbrellas.

First Calf at 2013 Fair is Born, More on the Way
FREDERICK, Md. – One of the biggest traditions of The Great Frederick Fair is underway at The Birthing Center.

Snipping trims sheep to perfection at The Great Frederick Fair
“Snip, snip, snip, baaa,” was all anyone heard during the quiet moments of the sheep fitting and showing competition Sunday at The Great Frederick Fair.

House fire erupts near The Great Frederick Fair
Firefighters at The Great Frederick Fair responded to a house fire Sunday night on nearby Monroe Avenue after seeing smoke blow across the fairgrounds, a fire official said.

Great Frederick Fair underway in Maryland, will run through Sept. 21- The Washington Post
The 151st fair began Friday and continues through Sept. 21. Organizers say there are more than 18,00 exhibits including thousands in a farm and garden building, where flowers, fruits and vegetables, farm crops and home brewed beers and wines are being displayed. Other exhibits include handmade clothing, baked goods and photography.

Wagon parade shows creativity at The Great Frederick Fair
Every child took home a trophy Saturday afternoon at the seventh annual decorated wagon parade.

Frederick families pass fair traditions down generations
Surrounded by haystacks in a dairy barn Friday, Lilah Utterback, 3, picked up a broom, pushed it into the ground and helped sweep a clear pathway for her family.

Ceresville New Holland named Agri-Business of the year
Ceresville New Holland Inc., a family-owned agricultural equipment dealership in Frederick, was honored Friday as the 2013 Agri-Business of the Year at The Great Frederick Fair.

Frederick County 4-H crowns royalty
With the sound of cattle softly mooing in the background, Frederick County 4-H crowned a new king and queen on Friday night.

Great Frederick Fair security to be ‘as high as its ever been’
Law enforcement intelligence suggests the next 10 days of festivities at Frederick County’s fairgrounds will be safe and secure — but that’s not stopping sheriff’s deputies from being on high alert at this year’s Great Frederick Fair.

The Great Frederick Fair is back
Hot, humid weather Thursday could not dissuade Scoutmaster Gary Streeton from a “must do” chore — marking parking lot A with white paint to ensure traffic flow would be smooth for the throngs of people expected for opening day of the 151st Great Frederick Fair.

Farm bureau dairy bar features local ice cream for the first time at fair
The Frederick County Farm Bureau has operated the Dairy Bar at The Great Frederick Fair for more than 30 years and, for the first time, will offer ice cream made on the farm at Rocky Point Creamery, of Tuscarora, and South Mountain Creamery in Middletown.

What’s New this Year at The Great Frederick Fair
FREDERICK, Md. – 151 years of tradition continues at The Great Frederick Fair beginning Friday, and we’ve got a sneak peek at what’s new this year.

For Martina McBride, new label is like a new start
Martina McBride has played a lot of fairs in her 20-year career, including The Great Frederick Fair in 1998.
The country singer-songwriter will take the grandstand stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. And if she gets a hankering, you might find her munching on a corn dog, one of her favorite fair foods.

It’s great. It’s Frederick. It’s The Great Frederick Fair. Opening this weekend!
From food to concerts, midway rides and attractions to live animals and exhibits, there’s plenty to see and do at The Great Frederick Fair. The nine-day attraction starts Friday and runs through Sept. 21 at 797 E. Patrick St.

For many, food is the main attraction at The Great Frederick Fair
When country music’s Tate Stevens comes to play on The Great Frederick Fair’s grandstand stage Sunday, Sept. 15, you might find him on the Midway munching on corn dogs and funnel cakes.

Six things to know around Frederick this week
Fair time. The 151st Great Frederick Fair is ready to kick off Friday.

The Great Frederick Fair preps for 151st year
Tents were set up, a huge crane hoisted carnival equipment into place, 18-wheeler trucks delivered rides and volunteers scurried to put final pieces in place over the weekend — all in preparation for the nine-day 151st Great Frederick Fair, which begins Friday.

RelyLocal Business Spotlight with Becky Brashear
Caressa Flannery interviews Becky Brashear on The Great Frederick Fair

Rotary hears about Great Frederick Fair
On Aug. 21, Becky Brashear, general manager of The Great Frederick Fair, provided the Rotary Club of Frederick with a program overview for the Sept. 13 to 21 event.

The Great Frederick Fair there’s an app for that
The Great Frederick Fair is keeping up with the times.
A computer app is now available, allowing the public to stay updated on events at the nine-day 151st fair scheduled for Sept. 13 to 21, as well as year-round events at the Frederick Fairgrounds.

As Long as the wine is local
Visitors to The Great Frederick Fair may have the opportunity to sit down, eat a meal and have a glass of wine this year, thanks to liquor board approval and contingent on a favorable decision by the fair board.

Liquor board: Wine OK at fair; fair board to decide
Want some wine to go with that deep-fried cheese? It may be possible at this year’s Great Frederick Fair. The Frederick County liquor board approved a request to serve wine at the fair this year, but a final decision hasn’t been made, said Becky Brashear, the fair’s general manager.

Quilters guild fills Frederick Fairgrounds with colors, patterns
The E-ventplex at the Frederick Fairgrounds was taken over by rows of colorful patterns and the hum of sewing machines Friday through Sunday.

Fair Season Continues
While the Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair has wrapped up, fair season has just gotten started in Maryland.

The Great Frederick Fair Mobile App
Hunter Hayes takes center stage at The Great Frederick Fair on Thursday, September 19, at 7:30 p.m. “Put The e-ventplex… Home of The Great Frederick Fair in the palm of your hands! Find new ways to navigate through our annual fair and year-round events.

Hunter Hayes Headlines The Great Frederick Fair
Hunter Hayes takes center stage at The Great Frederick Fair on Thursday, September 19, at 7:30 p.m. “He is one that will surely attract the younger crowd,” said Becky Brashear, General Manager. The fair runs September 13-21 at 797 East Patrick Street, in downtown Frederick.

Great Frederick Fair launches mobile app
The Great Frederick Fair will launch a free mobile app that can be downloaded beginning June 17 at the app store or Google Play store for iPhone and Droid users.
The app will include both the fair and year-round events and activities at the Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St.

Great Frederick Fair Will Have a New App
FREDERICK,MD- Those who visit The Great Frederick Fair will have technology on their side with a new app. The fair will launch a free app for iPhone and Android users on June 17th through a partnership with Yellow Cab of Frederick. The last entertainer of the fair will be announced on the app.

Great Frederick Fair To Launch Mobile App
It will provide information on the annual event.
A new form of marketing for the Great Frederick Fair will be unveiled later this month. The Fair will be launching a new mobile app. “Obviously, there are many apps available out there, and we feel it’s one of the best advantages that we can take the opportunity to get more of our information regarding Fair out to the masses of those who are guests,” says Becky Brashear, General Manager of the Fair.

Bees Connect keeper with his childhood
By Ike Wilson News-Post Staff
Beekeepers are something of an odd lot.
After the first bee sting, they become initiated into a brotherhood, so to speak, where they are immediately accepted and bond over their common interest in bees.
…”He won grand champion and best of show for his honey last year at The Great Frederick Fair,” longtime Frederick County beekeeper Bill McGiffin said.

No matter the weather — or the season, in fact — the farmers market at the E-ventplex at the Frederick Fairgrounds is open for business. All year long, the market, located inside Building 12 at the fairgrounds at 797 E. Patrick St., offers up food and drink, sweets, baked goods, local meat, produce and more for purchase from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Frederick running festival honors Boston bombing victims

About 6,000 people participated in the two-day event
As runners made their way to the Frederick Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday, some parted with their well-worn, yet faithful sneaker laces in favor of new ones.

THE X-FACTOR Winner Tate Stevens’ Self-Titled Album Debuts at NO. 4 on Billboard Top Country Albums Chart

NASHVILLE, TN (Wed., May 1, 2013) – The self-titled debut album from FOX’s The X Factor Season 2 winner and Syco Music/RCA Nashville recording artist Tate Stevens has debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart this week.

A story of who goes where: The entry and post draw process.

Sacramento Harness Racing – Horse Racing at Cal Expo
SACRAMENTO, CA- Every September, I go to Frederick, Maryland to announce their harness program during that city’s fair.

Worth the Wait: ‘X Factor’ winner Tate Stevens gets his shot with his debut album

Billboard- After years of touring and banging on record company doors, “X Factor” winner Tate Stevens is finally realizing his dreams with the April 23 release of his self-titled debut on Syco Music/RCA Nashville.

Frederick News Post
FREDERICK, MD – Country music’s Martina McBride and “The X-Factor” winner Tate Stevens have joined the grandstand lineup for The Great Frederick Fair, set for Sept. 13-21.

Getting the word out: Fair hires first social media planner, PR coordinator

FREDERICK, MD – Thurmont native Karen Crum begins a dream job today as The Great Frederick Fair’s first social media planner and public relations coordinator.

Beach Boys to perform at The Great Frederick Fair in September; tickets on

FREDERICK, MD—The Beach Boys are bringing some of those “Good Vibrations” to Frederick when the icon musical group performs at the 151st Great Frederick Fair on Friday, Sept. 20.

Beach Boys set to perform at The Great Frederick Fair

It took five years of waiting, but patience has paid off – The Beach Boys are coming to The Great Frederick Fair.

Beach Boys set to perform at The Great Frederick Fair – The …

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