Officials hold out hope for fair weather

September 16, 2005

The 54th Anne Arundel County Fair began Wednesday in Crownsville, offering county residents and guests a chance to spend a day outdoors enjoying food from local vendors, fresh vegetables from the farmers' co-op and music and magic from local entertainers.

Gates open today at 4 p.m. and close at 11 p.m. Tomorrow's hours are 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday's are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The fair had its debut in 1952 and typically draws about 32,000 visitors a year, said John Kozenski Jr., president of the Anne Arundel County Fair since 2002.

"It depends all on the weather," he said. "And the weather has not cooperated with us in the last couple of years."

With Hurricane Ophelia lingering off the coast of North Carolina, Kozenski said he hopes the forecast doesn't create a trickle-down effect that dissuades people from visiting the fairground this weekend.

"We've had our share of hurricanes already this year," he said. "One bad one is enough."

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