The Maryland State Fair is back again this year and has dubbed itself the best 11 days of summer. With an entertainment lineup including Justin Bieber, Bret Michaels and a variety of contests, that marketing mojo might not be too far from the truth. And a lengthy fair gives you the freedom to choose what day — or days — you want to make your escape.
The plan: Start the fair redneck-style with Gretchen Wilson on Friday, and end it with Bieber Fever at his Sept. 5 night concert. All of the standard activities that bring Marylanders back to the fair year after year are on tap again: games, rides and shopping. But don't miss the jousting tournament, cow-milking lessons, chain saw art and arm-wrestling contests.
The Maryland State Fair will also be hosting several animal-oriented activities, including swine races, alpaca demonstrations and a birthing center for fairgoers to witness the births of calves, piglets and chicks.
The details: The fair is Friday through Sept. 6 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium.
Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 62 and older, $3 for children ages six to 11 and free for children younger than six. This includes entrance to the fairgrounds and free concerts in the racetrack infield. Amusement rides and other concerts are priced individually and require tickets for those age 3 and older, including Bret Michaels ($29) and Gretchen Wilson ($24). Justin Bieber's performance is sold out. Concert tickets include admission to the fair.
For more information go to marylandstatefair.com or call 410-252-0200.