Frederick County prepares for annual summer fair week
By J.R. Williams - firstname.lastname@example.org
STEPHENSON -- On a big patch of grass outside Winchester, they're getting ready for the show.
From this weekend's events until the last barbecue dinner is sold July 31, the Frederick County Fair is ramping up for a week of food, fun and competition.
All the familiar attractions are back, with a few new activities to enjoy. Gate fees are $6 for adults and $3 for children age 6-11. On Monday, those over 55 get in for $3. Rides and concessions open each day at 6 p.m.
The first event begins Saturday and doesn't cost a dime. Horses will be on parade at 9 a.m. for the 4-H Horse Show at the fair's horse arena. On Sunday, pretty ladies will vie for crowns at the Little, Pre-teen and Junior Miss Frederick County Fair Pageant, which begins at noon on the south lawn.
There's plenty to do for the rest of the week, and fair Reporter Mary O'Neal said this year brings some changes.
On Wednesday, a new draft horse and mule exhibition begins at 7:30 p.m., where attendees can expect to see a shoeing demonstration with Clydesdale horses and wagon rides.
The demolition derby has been moved to July 31 at 5 p.m., pushed back from its traditional place on Wednesday and Thursday nights. There will be two days of truck and tractor pull action this year, on Wednesday and Thursday.
"Some people aren't able to come and participate in the demolition derby because of their work schedules," O'Neal said, "So by having it on a Saturday and doing it earlier, that will bring more people in."
Good news for fans of the Stonewall District Ruritan Club's finger-lickin' barbecue chicken: It will be cooked one extra day this year, from Monday through July 31. Supper starts at 6 p.m. each weekday, and at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Also from Monday through July 31, attendees can ride all night for one price.
Monday also marks the deadline for livestock, agriculture, home economics and poultry exhibits, with judging set for 1-6 p.m. The popular lawn mower racing and bubble gum blowing contests start at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday's cattle and market steer show begins at 4:30 p.m., with the monster truck show beginning at 7 p.m. Peter McCory, a special one-man band for children, plays at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday marks the 4-H and FFA sheep show at 4:30 p.m., with the egg toss contest starting at 7 p.m. The apple pie eating contest will be at 7 p.m.
The fair's Supreme Champion Showman will be named Friday at 9:30 a.m.
Attendees can enjoy music from Wednesday through July 31 at 7 p.m. each day.
The Frederick County Fairgrounds are located on U.S. 11 north of Winchester in Stephenson. For more information, visit www.frederickcountyfair.com or call 667-8739.