About Charles County Charles County, Maryland, founded in 1658, is located in the southern part of the Washington, DC Metropolitan area on Maryland's western shore between the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers in historic Southern Maryland.
Every September, the Charles County Fair Board is proud to put on an old-fashioned county fair with farm animals, a carnival, displays of all kinds, demonstrations, and plenty of food. The fair celebrates Charles County's 358 years of agricultural heritage and history.
The Charles County Fair is located on over 35 acres just south of La Plata, Maryland.Exhibits as varied as livestock, field corn, arts and crafts, quilts and flowers are shown in our Greens area. Over 790 exhibitors entered over 6,800 exhibits in 2011. Entertainment, special events, and activities for all agesas well as four stages filled with games, shows, live music, a baby show, pig races, pony rides and performers of all sorts add up to fun for the whole family. Lawnmower racing is one of several events added in recent years. Our carnival midway is full of exciting rides and contests for all ages. We even have a "kiddie" midway for those young ones among us. If you get hungry, there are plenty of choices from traditional county fair food to more healthy alternatives, even crab cakes!
Your continuing support allows us to upgrade the fair and its facilities each year and to pay for our annual 4th of July fireworks. We also host many affairs and events during the year such as tool shows, gun shows, hunting expos, fund raisers, lobster feasts, gospel events, dog shows, tractor pulls, and family reunions.
The Historic Mc Conchie One-Room School House inside the front gate at the Charles County Fairgrounds will be open for tours during the Kris Kringle Christmas Market on December 9 (4 pm to 8 pm) and December 10 (9 am to 8 pm). Please join us for a tour of the school. You will be able to “step into the past,” and relive the “good old days” of attending a one-room school. Tour guides will present a typical day in the life of a student living in Charles County during the early 1900s.