August fairs focus on life in the country

August 14, 1994|By Dorothy Fleetwood

August is the time for county fairs. Maryland's largest is the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, which opens Friday for a nine-day run through Aug. 27 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg.

Rabbits, gardening and entomology will be the focus of this year's 46th annual event. The fair will also have home arts and crafts, fashion shows, home and garden demonstrations, a farmers' market, livestock shows, a midway, entertainment, a rodeo and a demolition derby.

Hours are 3 p.m. to midnight Friday; 8 a.m. to midnight thereafter. Starting Aug. 22, admission is $5 for ages 12 and older; it's $3 during pre-fair weekend (Aug. 19-21); free for under 12. Parking is free. There is also parking at nearby Lakeforest Shopping Center with free shuttle service to the fair. Call (301) 926-3100.

Also scheduled in August's fair weather is the Rockingham Country Fair, rated one of the 10 best rural fairs in the United States. It opens tomorrow and runs through Saturday at the fairgrounds just off Interstate 81, south of Harrisonburg, Va.

Among the fair's many attractions are country music performances: by Aaron Tippin (Aug. 18); Billy Dean (Aug. 19) and Pirates of the Mississippi (Aug. 20). There will also be a miniature horse show; pet dog show; a showcase tent with free family entertainment and demonstrations, beginning at 7 p.m. each day; and much, much more. Gate admission is $4; free for under 6. Call (703) 434-0005.

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