If you're searching for good, old-fashioned fair fun, look no farther than the Howard County Fair. Expect animals, rides and plenty of delicious (and greasy) cuisine at this celebration of all things agricultural. Admission, by fair standards, is cheap -- $5 for people ages 10-61; $2 for seniors 62 and over; and FREE for children 10 and under -- and parking, which is available on-site, is free. Whatever you do, don't forget the stroller, as you'll be doing a lot of walking. Lots and lots and lots of walking. And though the kids might not mind the walking at first, particularly when they get a glimpse of the glimmering midway, they might change their tunes once they're full of cotton candy and exhausted to their wee, little cores. Another thing you should definitely remember, if you're planning on visiting the midway at mid-day: sunscreen. With not a speck of shade in sight, that midway, at about noontime, is scorching. Plan accordingly. With so much fun stuff to do at the fair, you may, especially if you're attending with very young children, be forced to skip over something. What you absolutely don't want to skip over, however, is the aptly named "Kids and Critters" barn. In this barn, you'll find a wide variety of animals, many of which are babies, and all of which are adorable. You'll also find a corn pit, a straw jump and a face painting station, not to mention a table where your kids can make some farm-themed crafts. Still craving some more animal fun? Try a pig race or a pony ride.
And if you're after something just a little bit different, why not check out the Iron Chef Cook-off?
Savor some of what our local farmers have to offer this season. Head on down the the Howard County Fair!
|Adults 10-61 $10, seniors 62 and over $2, kids under 10 free|
Howard County Fairgrounds