Forecast: fair days ahead Activities include hot air balloon race, trial by jury and husband-calling contest

August 23, 1991|By Mike Giuliano

You know the end of summer is near when the Maryland State Fair takes over the Timonium Fairgrounds, as its 110th edition does tomorrow, through Sept. 2. A preview featuring rides, games and food stands only takes place at WQSR-FM Family Fun Night, tonight from 7 to 11. Admission $5 for unlimited rides: an oldies concert will also be presented.

Among tomorrow's festivities is a 7 p.m. hot air balloon race, with the infield open at 6:30 p.m. to watch the pilots get ready. If you wonder what it's like up above, tethered balloon rides will be offered in the days following.

Although the fair has a cotton candy-and-rides agenda akin to most other festivals, it also has attractions attuned to farm culture along with others less easily pegged. What is one to make of the husband-calling contest to be held in the swine show ring on Aug. 31 at 8:30 p.m.? You can bet the winning loud mouth will be heard mighty far away.

Or what do you make of the "Trial By Jury," where Maryland judges and trial lawyers become actors in a series of live mock trials? Audience members play the jury and ask questions. This chance to see justice more or less in action takes place in a tent next to the Midway stage weeknights at 6:30 p.m., and weekends at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

If the courtroom action gets you in a participatory spirit, you can stop by the Governor's Volunteer Marketplace, an opening weekend attraction featuring more than 100 volunteer organizations.

But if you'd rather just sit back as a spectator, the entertainment schedule includes Marie Osmond performing at the racetrack Grandstand on Sept. 2 at 8:30 p.m. As suits the fair, she'll be

doing more country than pop selections, some no doubt taken from an album she has coming out this fall. On Aug. 25 at 8 p.m., the Drifters, the Platters and the Shirelles perform, also at the Grandstand.

Of interest to kids of all ages are the more than 30 rides on the Midway, including a Kiddieland section intended to thrill the little ones without scaring the bejabbers out of them.

Ride prices start at 75 cents, but the budget-minded will appreciate the WBFF-TV Discount Ride Days this Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m., where for only $4.50 you can take all the rides you want. And on Labor Day (Sept. 2) from 11 a.m. until closing, unlimited rides can be had for $8.

Naturally, there is horse racing at the Timonium track, with daily races at 1 p.m. and additional races on Saturday and Labor Day.

And traditional pleasures also include the agricultural demonstrations and events taking place in and around the Cow Palace, including the crowning of the Maryland Farm Queen on Sunday at 7 p.m.

If you go . . .

Hours: Fairgrounds open at 8 a.m. for livestock and horse shows; demonstration halls open at 10 a.m.; and the Midway opens at 11 a.m. on weekends and noon on weekdays.

Admission: $3 for adults (includes race track admission), children under 12 are admitted free. (More than 100,000 volunteers at non-profit organizations or government agencies will receive free admission Sunday. Unlimited ride tickets are available for $5. Volunteers should contact their sponsoring organization.)

Rides: Tickets start at 75 cents; discount ride packages available for preview night, Labor Day and Fox 45 Clubhouse days (membership cards must be presented).

Parking: Lots are located on both sides of the North Gate entrance off of York Road. Fairgoers attending horse races should park in the Fairground's South Lot by entering through the Timonium Road Gate. A fee of $1 will be charged per day for parking. Free parking is available at the park-and-ride facility located behind the Cow Palace on the west side of the Fairgrounds, accessible off of Timonium Road on Greenspring Drive.

Information: 252-0200.


Pork Day, Maryland Foods Pavilion

10 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Daily demonstrations -- Home Arts Building, Farm & Garden Building

11 a.m.: Midway opens

1 p.m.: Thoroughbred racing

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Live entertainment -- Midway stage

L 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.: Trial by jury -- Trial by jury tent

6 p.m.: Hot air balloon race

7:30 p.m.: WPOC celebrity talent show -- Midway stage

7:30 p.m.: Square dance exhibition -- Cow palace


Volunteer Appreciation Day

Egg Day, Maryland Foods Pavilion

11 a.m.: Midway opens

1 p.m.: Thoroughbred racing

1 p.m. to 6 p.m.: WLIF family entertainment -- Midway stage

L 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.: Trial by jury -- Trial by jury tent

7 p.m.: Maryland farm queen contest -- Cow palace

8 p.m.: The Drifters, the Platters and the Shirelles perform -- nTC Grandstand


Baltimore County Day

Seafood Day

Maryland Foods Pavilion

Noon: Midway opens

1 p.m.: Thoroughbred racing

6:30 p.m.: Trial by jury -- Trial by jury tent



Agricultural Day

Lamb Day, Maryland Foods Pavilion

Noon: Midway opens

1 p.m.: Thoroughbred racing

L 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.: WLIF family entertainment -- Midway stage

6:30 p.m.: Trial by jury -- Trial by jury tent


Senior Appreciation Day

Poultry Day

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