The Maryland State Fair takes place every August at the Maryland State Fairgrounds at the intersection of York Road and Timonium Road in Timonium, Maryland. This 12-day event ends on Labour Day weekend. The major attractions of the fair include midway rides, food vendors, and live music. Horse races are one of the major highlights of the fair. Numerous contestants in agriculture will participate in a two-day competition on the stage and in several round-table discussions.
The first fair in the state of Maryland was held in 1878 in Lutherville, but the following year it moved to its current location in Timonium. Tents and wooden structures were used to exhibit farm and garden products and livestock shows. Races, plowing and working oxen competitions, sack races, and greased pole climbing were among the popular attractions of the fair. Currently, the Timonium racetrack hosts the "Alma North Stakes" as well as the "Taking Risks Stakes."
In the 1990s a light rail connection was established between Timonium and Baltimore where most attendees of the fair come from. Timonium Fairgrounds station connects southward to Cromwell Station near Glen Burnie in Anne Arundel County, downtown Baltimore, and northward to Hunt Valley.
The admission is for free aged 5 and under. Keep in mind that rides are individually priced. Also, concerts at the Racetrack Infield require a separate ticket.
What are the hours of the Maryland State Fair?
Gates are open from 9 am to 10 pm. Buildings, Midway, Game & Food open from 12 pm on weekdays and 10 am on weekends.
How much does it cost to get in the Maryland State Fair?
Adult admission is $10, seniors: $8, children: $5, children 5 and under are admitted for free.
How much is parking at the Maryland State Fair?
Parking on the Fairgrounds is $10. Free parking is available west of the Fairgrounds, on Deereco Road.