Boy howdy, do we love a fair. And the Maryland State Fair, with its vast array of animals, rides, treats and carnival games, is an especially good one, replete with everything sweet and noisy that makes a fair a fair. The only downside? Its arrival, for us, at least, is always bittersweet, for we know as soon as that giant Ferris wheel goes up in Timonium that the start of school is just around the corner. And with the start of school comes fall, and then winter, and then, in a heartbeat, our children are in college. And now, because we know you're growing impatient with our sentimentalism, here's a run-down of some of the good stuff happening at the Maryland State Fair this year: Ridemania - Thursday, August 27, from 5 p.m.-close. Ride all the rides you want for the low, low price of $15 a person. None of the buildings will be open, so you won't be able to see any of the animals, but this is a (relatively) inexpensive option for the ride lovers in the family. Wristbands - Available Friday, August 28 and Monday, August 31-Thursday, September 3, from 12-6 p.m. Beat the crowds and ride all the rides you can handle for 20 bucks a head. And for added savings, hit your local Food Lion store for a five-dollar-off-wristbands coupon. Labor Day Ride Special - Monday, September 7, from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Another chance to grab a 20-dollar wristband. No Food Lion coupons will be honored on Labor Day, but 20 bucks is pretty cheap, especially for a holiday. Swifty Swine Racing/Swifty the Swimming Pig - Friday, August 28-Monday, September 7, at 12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:00 p.m. The animal rights activist in me is squirming a little on this one, but I must confess to being kind of intrigued. It's the swimming pig, mainly, that's pigged (I mean, piqued) my curiosity. Boyz II Men - Friday, August 28, 7:30 p.m. Straight from the adult-contemporary station to racetrack infield. Bring, if you feel like carrying them, your blankets and chairs. Masters of the Chainsaw - Friday, August 28-Monday, September 7; Monday-Friday, 1:30, 3:30 and 7:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1:30, 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Chainsaws do more than just trim limbs and massacre; they also can be used to create great works of art. Watch as some of the nation's most expert chainsawers transform ordinary logs into awe-inspiring sculptures. Animal Birthing Center - Daily, from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. One of my favorite spots at the fair. Witness the miracle of birth, as enacted by cows, pigs and chickens, and marvel at the smallness-the itty-bitty smallness--of farm creatures in their earliest hours. Meet you at the midway!
- Event Category Fairs and Festivals
- Event Cost Under $10
- Event Ages All