Forecast: Fair

August 22, 1996|By Tamara Ikenberg

It's back, and you can jump on the excitement early.

The 115th Maryland State Fair officially begins on Saturday, but some pre-thrills are available tomorrow night.

From 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., visitors can enjoy "WQSR Ride Mania Family Fun Night." For $7, you can ride all night. And if you're in the mood for a little entertainment, you can see nostalgia groups the New Rascals and the Turtles on the track infield for $12.

And that's just the beginning.

This year's fair boasts a variety of new events in addition to tradition.

The Mountain Dew Bike, Blade and Board "Wild Ones" will bring their own brand of daredevil entertainment in the Mountain Dew Thrill Show (each weekday at 2: 30 p.m., 4: 30 p.m. and 6: 30 p.m., and on weekends and Labor Day at 12: 30 p.m., 2: 30 p.m., 4: 30 p.m. and 9: 30 p.m.; all performances are near the Midway Stage). Feats on in-line skates, bikes and skateboards are sure to dazzle audiences.

"The team comes up with their new tricks by trial and error. They pay particular attention to the timing, in that the board and blade take less time to get up the ramp than the bikes," says show producer Rick Davis.

Also sure to get mouths gaping is the new Laser Show Spectacular at the Race Track Grandstand on Labor Day weekend -- Aug. 30 through Sept. 2 at 8: 45 p.m.

The show is 25 minutes long, and the full-color beams dance in time to popular music.

Less daring and electric, but worth a look, is Camp WPOC.

WPOC FM 93.1 and the Huntington Learning Center of Towson have combined forces to create a "camp" to entertain and educate kids at the fair, Saturdaythrough Sept. 2, weekdays from noon to 8 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Exercise, nature appreciation, art and dancing are among the scheduled activities. Parents can rest their weary feet in a relaxation tent.

Don't spend so much time there that you miss the Costume Animal Contest, though.

4-H members tired of traditional animal showcasing venues can approach it from a different angle on Monday at 8 p.m. in the Cow Palace.

Participants and animals alike must appear in costume. In addition, the human partner must provide narration to enhance the animal's showing.

See if this year's entrants can live up to such fair legends as "Cow Ripken" and "Rudolf the Red Nosed Rabbit."

And then there's all the standard fare.

Fans can enjoy horse races at the fairgrounds track at 1 p.m. daily. Entry is included in fair admission.

Livestock and baking competitions will take place through the week, the Budweiser Clydesdales will be on hand, and a variety of live entertainment is scheduled as well. Max Mosner, vice president and general manager of the Maryland State Fair and Agricultural Society Inc. is confident in the mix of attractions.

"Our advertising slogan is 'The Ten Best Days of Summer,' and we agree with that," he said. "We offer a good product at a reasonable price, and there's something for everyone."

Live entertainment highlights


6 p.m.-11 p.m.: MIX 106.5 presents Hairy Catfish and Faded Image


6 p.m.-11 p.m.: MIX 106.5 presents the Coup and Tony Berry & New Money


10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Baltimore County Police Department's the Heat Band

8 p.m.-9: 30 p.m.: The Lone Starlet Band


6: 15 p.m.-10 p.m.: 98 Rock presents Laughing Colors


9 p.m.-11 p.m.: Local band Teklens Dice

Aug. 29

8 p.m.-10 p.m.: Tropical Ensemble Steel Band

Aug. 30

6: 30 p.m.-8: 30 p.m.: Baltimore County Police Department's the Heat Band

8: 45 p.m.: State Fair Laser Show Spectacular, Grandstand

Aug. 31

6 p.m.-7 p.m.: The Lone Rider Band

8 p.m.-11 p.m.: Release Acoustic Band

8: 45 p.m.: State Fair Laser Show Spectacular, Grandstand

Sept. 1

1 p.m.-2 p.m.: Janine Wilson and Shotgun Wedding Band

8: 45 p.m.: State Fair Laser Show Spectacular, Grandstand

Sept. 2

6 p.m.-9: 30 p.m.: WRNR presents the bands Jook, Star Seed and Blue Miracle

8: 45 p.m.: State Fair Laser Show Spectacular, Grandstand

Pub Date: 8/22/96

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