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July 24, 2008|By Jennifer Choi

It's Oktoberfest in July at state fairgrounds


Get your lederhosen out of the closet, pack the kids into the minivan and head over to the Maryland State Fairgrounds for a two-day celebration of all things German. The 108th German Festival features live entertainment, including traditional dancing and folk singing; children's entertainment, including a puppet show and a rock-climbing wall; crafts; German food; imported and domestic beer; and more. Free parking provided.

The festival runs 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. The fairgrounds are at 2200 York Road, Timonium. $6, $5 for seniors and free for children younger than 12. Call 410-522-4144 or go to

Jennifer Choi

4-H & FFA Fair


The Carroll County Agriculture Center hosts family-friendly activities, including livestock exhibits, contests, an antique tractor show, a combine demolition derby, a robotics demonstration, a parade and more Saturday through Aug. 1.

Live entertainment includes Lady Antebellum, winner of the 2008 Academy of Country Music's Top New Group award; local country/pop band 21 the Difference; the Gospel Travelers; the Jay Henley and Stone Broke Band; and more.

Hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. each day. The venue is at 706 Agriculture Center Drive, Westminster. Free admission to fair. Some events require a fee.

Call 410-848-3247 or go to carrollcountyfair .com.

Jennifer Choi

Restaurant Week


From Saturday to Aug. 3, more than 90 Baltimore-area establishments offer three-course prix-fixe lunches for $20.08 and three-course prix-fixe dinners for $30.08. Participants include Aldo's Ristorante Italiano, Babalu Grill, Ruth's Chris Steak House at Pier 5; and Minato Japanese Restaurant.

Times and locations vary. Call 877-225-8466 or go to

Jennifer Choi

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