Speak Out!

August 17, 2005

THE ISSUE

The Howard County Fair celebrated its 60th anniversary this year, still clinging to reminders of the county's rural heritage. Visitors could watch such traditional events as the horse, mule and tractor pull, the cow-milking competition - even the "Farm Queen" (Miss Howard County Farm Bureau) contest, complete with tiara.

But in an era of online video games and instant messaging, how long can such quaint amusements draw the young people who make up an ever-increasing part of the county's suburban population? Is the Howard County Fair too old-fashioned for the 21st century?

YOUR VIEW

Send e-mail responses by tomorrow to howard.speakout@baltsun.com. A selection of responses will be published Sunday. Please keep your responses short and include your name, address and telephone number. Addresses and phone numbers will not be published.

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