July 5, 2012
The 14th annual Mason-Dixon Fair will be held from July 9 to 14 in Delta, just over the state line that bears the fair's namesake. The fair, which celebrates the rich agricultural history of the region, will feature a range of contests and entertainment, including many varieties of tractor pulls, a Karaoke Idol competition, a performance by local Harford County band, Almost Certain, and midway games and rides. Other highlights of the fair include the crowning of the Mason-Dixon Fair Princess, Junior Miss Queen and Queen on Monday, July 9, and a traditional watermelon-eating contest on Thursday, July 12. Animal shows for goats, sheep, swine and rabbits will take place throughout the week, with participants including farmers from Delta and the surrounding areas of York County as well as participants from Lancaster County, Baltimore County and the areas surrounding Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
July 3, 2012
Washington Mini-golf in the National Building Museum Grab your putter and tee off in a one-of-a-kind miniature-golfing experience at Washington's National Building Museum. Challenge your friends and family to a round on one of several courses designed by some of the region's top architects, construction firms and urban planners. Indoor, air-conditioned courses mean that you and your friends will be beating the heat while you play. Course opens Wednesday and is open during museum hours through Labor Day. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
July 2, 2012
Baltimore police say they plan to change some tactics from last year's Fourth of July celebration to make sure the violence that stained the event won't happen again. Police will use low fencing to restrict access to the Inner Harbor and will shift officers to potential trouble spots such as transit stops as the night progresses, officials said Monday. Several hundred officers, including some from the Maryland State Police and the Maryland Transportation Authority, will patrol the harbor area.
June 29, 2012
The following is the 2012 schedule of Independence Day fireworks displays around Baltimore County that have been approved by the Baltimore County Fire Marshal's Office. The attached map shows these displays, as well as the display at the Inner Harbor on July 4. The Fire Marshal's Office notes that the use of backyard fireworks is illegal; some ground-based and hand-held sparklers are legal in certain counties, including Baltimore County. Detailed information about the laws regulating fireworks is available online.
June 27, 2012
The schedule of events on July 4 in Bel Air is as follows: 6:45 a.m. - Flag-raising ceremony, in front of Bel Air High School 7 to 11:30 a.m. - Blueberry pancake and sausage breakfast, Bel Air High School 9 a.m. - Horseshoe pitching, Rockfield Park (registration at 8 a.m.) 9 a.m. - Hamster races, Shamrock Park (registration at 8:45 a.m.) 9:30 a.m. - Turtle Derby, Shamrock Park (registration at 9 a.m.) 10:30 a.m. - The Great Bel Air Frog Jumping Contest, Shamrock Park (registration at 10:30 a.m.)
June 22, 2012
New Market Wild West Rodeo Days at Adventure Park USA Adventure Park USA in Frederick County will host a two-day rodeo event this Saturday and Sunday. The event features bull riding, a "little wranglers" rodeo, rodeo clowns, trick roping, barrel racing, line dancing and cowboy shoot-outs. A cowboy breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday for $5 with admission. All Wild West events are included with park admission. Tickets are $30 for ages 8 and up and $18 for kids 7 and younger.