Today marks the start of the 111th Maryland State Fair, as it kicks off its traditional 10-day run at the fairgrounds in Timonium. You always know the end of summer has arrived when the state fair comes to town.
What a delight it is to re-visit the fair every year. Stopping at the familiar Farm and Garden, 4-H and Home Arts buildings, the Cow Palace, the Horse Show Ring and, of course, the Midway, is a reminder of youthful days gone by and of the agricultural heritage that still remains an important part of modern-day Maryland.
Smell the corn dogs, the cotton candy, the crab cakes and pit beef, the sweet corn and tomatoes. Hear the excitement and screams of those brave enough to step aboard the gravity-defying Midway rides. Tour the livestock barns and watch the 4-H shows. And then, wander over to the race track for some of the best close-up viewing of thoroughbred horses in action along the Mid-Atlantic coast.