Ag-xuisite events at the Frederick Fair

September 12, 2002|by KATE COLEMAN

In its 140th year, the Great Frederick Fair celebrates the agricultural heritage of Frederick County. This year's event, dubbed "Simply Ag-Xquisite, A Black Tie A-fair," opens Friday, Sept. 13, at 5 p.m. and continues through Saturday, Sept. 21.

Some participants have promised to wear top hats and the judge for the 4-H King and Queen contest is expected to wear a tuxedo, says Becky Brashear, spokeswoman for the nine-day event.

The extravaganza has a variety of activities. They include down-home competition in household categories and down-on-the-farm animal contests, with classes for cattle, horses and mules, rabbits - even alpacas and llamas.


There will be landscaping exhibits and a "Machinery Row" - a display of more than $3 million worth of farm, lawn and garden equipment.

Nearly 30 rides -including kiddie rides - plus games and amusements will be set up in the midway.

Cars will crash and crunch Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. during the Demolition Derby.

Harness racing, a long-standing aspect of the heritage of the Great Frederick Fair and the state of Maryland, will run from 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, through Friday, Sept. 20.

The Great Frederick Fair also will continue its tradition of presenting a star-spangled lineup of country music on the grandstand stage. Randy Travis will perform Saturday, Sept. 14, followed by Lee Greenwood, whose "God Bless the U.S.A." returned to the charts after last year's 9-11 tragedies. The week's program also features The Statler Brothers, George Jones and Tammy Cochran, Aaron Tippin and Lee Ann Womack.

"The Great Frederick Fair Inc. was established for education, scientific, agricultural and horticultural purposes," according to information on the fair Web site at

That mission has endured for nearly a century and a half. Its 2002 chapter is about to begin.

If you go . . .

The Great Frederick Fair

Friday, Sept. 13, 5 p.m. Midway and carnival open


Saturday, Sept. 14, 3 p.m. - $4 for ages 10 and older; free for those younger than 10; Sunday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. $4 for ages 10 and older; free for those younger than 10

Fair week, Monday, Sept. 16, to Saturday, Sept. 21, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. - $5 for ages 10 and older; free for those younger than 10; free for those younger than 18 until 5 p.m.

Senior citizen days, Monday through Friday, Sept. 16 to 20, before 6 p.m.: - free admission for those older than 65

Grandstand entertainment:

  • Friday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m. - Farm Family of the Year; Frederick County 4-H Royalty, free

  • Saturday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m. - Randy Travis; $18, $23, $25

  • Sunday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m. - Lee Greenwood; $16, $20, $22

  • Monday, Sept. 16, 6:30 p.m. - Tractor pull; $12

  • Tuesday, Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m. - The Statler Brothers, Tara Lynn; $18, $23, $25

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m. - Demolition Derby; $8, $10

  • Thursday, Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m. - George Jones, Tammy Cochran; $16, $20, $22

  • Friday, Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m. - Aaron Tippin; $18, $23, $25

  • Saturday, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m. - Lee Ann Womack; $18, $23, $25

Directions: From Hagerstown, take Interstate 70 west to exit 56, East Patrick Street. Follow to Monroe Avenue and make right. Entrance at Gate 3 on left.

Parking, which costs $5, is limited on the grounds. Fair-goers are encouraged to park at the Highland Street property across from Gate 4.

For information, call 1-301-663-5895.

For tickets, call 1-301-695-3928.

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