The Howard County Fair kicks off its 59th year tomorrow in West Friendship, offering its customary mix of agriculture, education and entertainment through Aug. 14.
Daily animal shows will give 4-H members and open class competitors an opportunity to compete with their cattle, swine, sheep, goats, poultry and rabbits. Ten horse shows will feature a variety of breeds, and a home arts competition will include more than 800 categories, including fine arts, crafts, baked goods, and flowers and herbs.
Each day will feature amusement rides, games and other activities.
Other fair highlights include:
From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., free entry for patrons with military identification, their spouses and their children younger than 18; at 2:30 p.m., best apple pie and apple dessert contests; at 4 p.m., an "old time" threshing demonstration; at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., the Back Pages Band.
At 11 a.m., antique auto show; at 12:30 p.m., a pie-eating contest; at 1 p.m., a pretty animal contest; at 2 p.m., the grand opening parade; at 3 p.m., the Miss Howard County Farm Bureau contest; at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., bluegrass music by Blue Daze.
From 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., unlimited rides for $12; at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., rock 'n' roll music by Big Cam and the Lifters; at 8 p.m., a slow tractor race.
From 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., $1 rides; from 9 a.m. to noon, people 62 and older will be admitted free; at 10 a.m., a senior expo; at 7 p.m., Saddle Gals and Guys equestrian drill team; at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., music by Bob Plunkert and Real Country Band.
From 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., unlimited rides for $12; at 10 a.m., Hands on History; at 6:15 p.m., 4-H livestock sale; at 8 p.m., Sheila Marie performs "A Tribute to Patsy Cline."
From 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., $1 rides; at 7 p.m., a talent show; at 7 p.m., Spur and Stirrup 4-H equestrian drill team; at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Jay D. Henley and the Stone Broke Band.
At 10 a.m., a health fair; at 7 p.m., a parade of floats; at 8 p.m., the Browingsville Cornet Band; at 9 p.m., music by Johnny Fat Jam.
At 10:30 a.m., a baby contest and a miniature parade; at 10:30 a.m., the annual horse pull contest; at 11 a.m., a farmers' market; at 2 p.m., contemporary Christian music by Common Clay; at 3 p.m., an antique tractor pull; at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., music by Tori Anderson and Possum Holler.
The fair is open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Howard County Fairgrounds, accessible from exit 80 off Route 70.
Admission is $4 for anyone 10 and older, $2 for seniors 62 and older, and free for children younger than 10. Parking is free.
Information: 410-442-1022, or www.howardcountyfair.com.