Getting most of Md. talent, rides State Fair in Timonium runs through Labor Day

August 25, 1996|By Tanya Jones | Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF

Rebekah Overstreet of Glen Burnie is a brownie-baking dynamo.

The 10-year-old can use an electric mixer to stir melted butter, cocoa and sugar, explain the origin of cocoa and dispense helpful kitchen tips to her audience without missing a beat.

"You want to make sure you don't stick your fingers in the mixer," she said. "Because if you do, it might chop off your finger, and you don't want that to happen."

No such catastrophes befell Rebekah yesterday during her 15-minute cooking demonstration on the 4-H stage at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium. She earned a score of 95 from the 4-H judge.

"I like eating the food I cook," said Rebekah, who has been cooking since she was 5 years old. "Brownies is something I had almost memorized how to make."

Her demonstration was one of the thousands of displays of Marylanders' talents at the fair Friday.

The 10-day event, which officially opened yesterday, brings out the best that Maryland's cooks, farmers, breeders and crafts people have to offer.

The home, agriculture and animal exhibits may be the essence of the fair, but the midway rides and entertainment bring in the crowds. Officials expect more than 500,000 people to visit the fair before it closes Sept. 2.

"Our main purpose is the promotion of agriculture," said Howard "Max" Mosner Jr., vice president and general manager of the Maryland State Fair and Agriculture Society Inc., a nonprofit corporation.

"While we have them, we try to educate them," he said of the fair-goers who come for the midway. "There's some of the old tradition and the new technology."

Tanya Tucker, 29, of Woodlawn had every intention of checking out the livestock exhibits Friday as soon as she had gone on all the rides.

"I rode the swings, I rode the bumper cars, I rode the Himalayan, I'm riding everything," said Tucker, who came to the fair with her daughter and her sister and seven nieces and nephews, who are visiting from Brooklyn.

They wanted to get their money's worth from the $8 unlimited-ride passes which were good until 5 p.m. Friday.

"This is my fourth year" at the fair, said Tucker, owner of a clothing boutique. "I look forward to it every year -- the opportunity to get on rides and the lights and the games. It's less expensive than going to Adventure World."

Among the new attractions at this year's fair is the Mountain Dew -- Wild Ones Bike, Blade and Board Thrill Show, a fast mixture of stunts and shtick on a 13.5-foot high ramp.

The performers, on skateboard, BMX bicycle or in-line skates, speed up and down the plastic-covered wooden ramp, flying high in the air and balancing themselves on a platform at the top.

"Unfortunately, I think my son might want to try this," said David Grimes of Pasadena, who with his wife, Cheryl, brought their children, David, 8, and Nicole, 10, to the midday performance.

"I like the bike; he flipped," David said, nodding that he might like to try it.

The Wild Ones will perform three times daily for the duration of the fair.

The fair runs through Labor Day, with the midway opening at 10 a.m. weekends and Labor Day, and noon weekdays. Admission for people 12 and older is $4; children younger than 12 get in free.

Pub Date: 8/25/96

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