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Worcester County Fair this weekend

(Aug. 9, 2013) The Worcester County Fair kicks off today and will continue through Sunday at Byrd Park in Snow Hill, with an array of livestock shows, games, activities and entertainment for all ages.

“There’s a little bit of something to do for the whole family,” said Cindy Morris, fair board member. “There’s shows for the adults and games and livestock for the kids.”

Morris said as many as 11,000 people, depending on the weather, have attended the fair in past years. She said it has been presented more than 20 years and more than 100 volunteers have signed up. The three-day event is free to attend.

The activities today, Friday, will begin with a horse show at 8 a.m. Fair and county agencies will also be in attendance to celebrate Safe Kid’s Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The day will continue with sheep and dairy cow shows, as well as rabbit and poultry judging.

Bidding for the cake and pie auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. The auction is a fundraiser for the fair and the cakes and pies typically go for around $30 or more.

Saturday’s activities will begin with a classic car and truck show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Musicians are invited to bring their instruments to the jam session with George Hall from 1-3 p.m. and again from 4-5:30 p.m.

A dance performance by the Pine Steppers will be presented from 3-3:30 p.m. and an adult and youth talent show is scheduled for 6 p.m. where prizes will be awarded to top performers. There will also be a gunfight by the Del Rio Rangers, Native American dancing and storytelling, quilters and Williams Blacksmith and Ironworks.

Beef, meat and dairy goat and swine shows will be presented throughout the day. Children’s activities will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a limbo contest and continue throughout the day with a watermelon-eating contest, pedal tractor event, Kool Pop eating contest, chicken scratch game, pie-eating contest, hula hoop contest and an egg toss.

Sunday’s activities will begin with a service by the Snow Hill Mennonite Church at 11 a.m. and continue with music by Country Crossroads from 12:30-1:30 p.m. A Breyer horse show and corn hole tournament will also take place. The cost to participate in the tournament is $10 for a team of two.

The Maryland chapter of the Red Knights International Club will present a vintage motorcycle show from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Participation is free and there is no cost to attend the show. Morris said the show returned for the first time after about a three-year absence in 2012. The fair is proud to welcome them back again this year, she said. Registration for the show will begin at noon on Aug. 11 and the judging will begin at 3 p.m.

There will be a variety of food available daily and craft vendors will also be on hand. The fair is open today and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit www.worcestercountyfair.com or call 410-632-1972.


Worcester Co. Fair schedule

Friday, Aug. 9:

8 a.m. Horse Show

11 a.m. Fair and Vendors open

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Worcester celebrates Safe Kids Day

2 p.m. Sheep Show

3 p.m. Rabbit and Poultry Judging

5 p.m. Dairy Cow Show

6:30 p.m. Cake and Pie Auction

8 p.m. Fair closes


Saturday, Aug. 10:

11 a.m. Fair opens

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Classic Car and Truck Show

11 a.m. Beef Show (Pavilions)

11:30 a.m. Children’s Limbo Contest

12:30 p.m. Children’s Watermelon Eating Contest

1 p.m. Meat Goat Show (Pavilions)

1-3 p.m. Jam Session with George Hall

1:30 p.m. Children’s Pedal Tractor Event (in Children’s Area)

2:30 p.m. Children’s Extra Large Kool Pop Eating Contest

3-3:30 p.m. Pine Steppers

3:30 p.m. Children’s Chicken Scratch

4 p.m. Dairy Goat Show (Pavilions)

4-5:30 p.m. Jam Sessions with George Hall

4:30 p.m. Children’s Pie Eating Contest

5:30 p.m. Children’s Hula Hoop Contest

6 p.m. Swine Show

6 p.m. Adult and Youth Talent Show

6:30 p.m. Children’s Egg Toss

8 p.m. Fair closes


Sunday, Aug. 11:

11 a.m. Fair opens

11 a.m. Service by Snow Hill Mennonite Church

12:30-1:30 p.m. Music by Country Crossroads

12:30 p.m. Breyer Horse Show

12:30-3:30 p.m. Vintage Motorcycle Show

1 p.m. Corn Hole Tournament

3:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

4 p.m. Fair closes


How to get there:

From Ocean City: take Route 50 or Route 90 to Route 113. Follow Route 113 into Snow Hill. At Market Street (Route 113 business), go through Snow Hill to Byrd Park on the right.

From Salisbury: take MD 12 South to Snow Hill. Cross over bridge and at traffic light turn right onto Market Street. Follow Market Street to Byrd Park on right.

From Pocomoke: take Route 113 or Route 13 to Route 113. Follow Route 113 North to Snow Hill. Take Business Rt. 113 (Market Street) through Snow Hill to Byrd Park on the left.

Halley Renshaw of Salisbury tries to pet a pig’s nose during the 2012 Worcester County Fair at Byrd Park in Snow Hill. The 2013 fair begins today, Friday, and continues through Sunday. An array of livestock shows, games, activities and entertainment is scheduled throughout the three-day event for all ages.

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