Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Attendance neared a quarter million despite a few dicey days of weather at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair.
Year in and year out, it’s Mother Nature that plays the biggest role in steering the fate of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. "Our operations are completely weather-dependent," says Marty Svrcek, the fair’s executive director. But in the end, last week’s handful of swift-moving storms brought more close calls than actual downpours, and putting little damper on ticket sales as more than 200,000 thronged to the fair’s 63rd running. That tone was set early on this year when afternoon showers thinned out the Midway lines on the fair’s opening Saturday night. The biggest downpour followed the next evening—more than an inch of rain, according to National Weather Service—forcing fairgoers to find shelter and putting volunteers to hours of…
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Find out how funnel cakes and deep-fried Oreos are made at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair.
Whether you like them crunchy, soggy, with fruit, or just powdered sugar, Wensil's Concessions from North Carolina is serving up funnel cakes at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. The deep-frying vendor has two stands this year at the fair and serves funnel cakes with fruit and sugar, as well as deep-fried Oreos and fresh squeezed lemonade. Vendor Tyler Hartister spends a majority of the year moving from fair to fair to sell these delectable treats.
The 63rd Montgomery County Agricultural Fair closes tonight with one more run of the demolition derby.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
A look at the mechanical side of the Agricultural Fair
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Emilie Prince, of North Potomac, shows her rabbits off to judges at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair.
Members of the the Montgomery County 4-H Rabbit Club are spending lots of time in the Rabbit Barn during the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair to show their hard work breeding and taking care of their bunny friends. Some members spend the night to keep an eye on their hopping pals. 4-H club members, ranging in age from 6 to 18, also learn how to judge rabbits and take care of them through the organization.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Magruder and Mount St. Mary's students named 2011 King and Queen.
Is it possible to find healthy food at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair? Yes, but you have to look past a lot of fried Oreos.
When you think of fair food, you likely think about funnel cakes and pizza, not whole grains and veggies. If you are looking to indulge in the annual nosh-a-thon that is the county fair, you won’t be disappointed. Food is everywhere, and precious little of it could even remotely be called "healthy." Maybe it’s not even fair to expect wholesome options at the fair. After all, it only comes ‘round once a year, and a little indulgence never hurt anyone—one fried Oreo probably won’t stop your heart. But still. My trip to the fair on opening day left me astonished. I certainly wasn’t expecting tofu stands or quinoa kiosks. But maybe a vegetarian option other than cheese pizza? Perhaps some offerings that take advantage of farm-grown fruits and …
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
63rd edition runs today until Aug. 20 at Gaithersburg fairgrounds.
The barns and grandstand are prepped, Midway rides are up and frying oil is hot and ready: the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair is primed to kick off at 3 p.m. today in Gaithersburg, bringing nine days of food, fur and family fun. "It's Udderly Terrific" is the theme for this, the AgFair’s 63rd edition, which runs from 10 a.m. until midnight through Aug. 20. The fairgrounds are 16 Chestnut St. Admission is $10 per person; kids 11 years old or younger get in free. Nine-day passes are $75. Parking is $5 (Perry Parkway entrance), but the shuttle from Lakeforest Mall is free. Get more information here or call 301-926-3100. Opening weekend highlights include: Put these grandstand highlights on your calendar: