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 355 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, 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 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!
Pets are not allowed on the grounds during the fair with two exceptions. Service animals are always allowed for those authorized to have them and the participants of the dog and pet shows may bring their animals into the fair for the duration of the event. Once the show is concluded, the animal must be removed from the grounds.
Online Livestock Entries will be accepted until Saturday, August 23th at 11:59 pm. All other online entries will be accepted until Sunday, September 7th at 11:59 pm. Click here for a printable entry formBring all exhibits to the fairgrounds on Wednesday, September 10th, unless otherwise noted in the specific department rules.
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, hunting expos, fund raisers, lobster feasts, dog shows, tractor pulls, and family reunions.
Shuttle bus users will receive a coupon for $1 off normal admission price!
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Upcoming Fairground Events
Fairground Fire Damage and Recovery InformationOn April 2, 2013, we suffered through a major fire on the fairgrounds which caused severe damage to several of our livestock buildings. Go here to found out more about the fire, our recovery efforts and how YOU can help us by buying “Dedication Bricks”. Look for our new buildings in summer 2014!
A New Tradition Begins...The Charles County Fair welcomes visitors to a new tradition: the area’s first Kris Kringle Christmas Market.Modeled after the famous markets in Germany, this two-day event at the fairgrounds offers lights, holiday food, handmade crafts from local artists and crafters, children activities, a cookie baking contest, shopping, music, and much more.The launch of this family-friendly event is particularly exciting in light of the fire damage several of our buildings underwent in April of this year. The Charles County Fair Board and Christmas market committee encourage locals and visitors alike to come out to enjoy the music, shopping, and tasty Christmas treats. The official tree lighting and arrival of Santa Claus is scheduled for 5:30 pm on Friday, December 6th.If you would like to be an exhibitor at the Kris Kringle Christmas Market, contact Agnes at 301-932-1234 and fill out the form below.Hours of OperationFriday, December 6 from 4 pm to 9 pmSaturday, December 7 from 9 am to 9 pmAdmission$1 or one non-perishable food item to benefit The Southern Maryland Food Bank.
Information Update:Gates will open at 4:00pm on Friday (rain or shine) with the official welcome at 5:00pm at the Christmas tree in the Greens area of the Fairgrounds. Santa will arrive at 5:30pm and help with the official tree lighting shortly after thereafter. Santa will then go to the Hobby Bldg. with the Southern Maryland Carousel Group to meet all the children. Santa will be with the Southern Maryland Carousel Group both days and will be giving out a special treat for each of his visitors. There will be several light displays and a living nativity in the Greens area.Entertainment on the Green (subject to change): Live Music - Friday 4:00 PM - Milton Somers MS Choir 5:00 PM - St. Mary's Bryantown Bell Choir 6:00 PM - Kathy Keough 7:15 PM - Grace Lutheran ChorusPartial Listing of Supporting Groups:Charles County Board of EducationSouthern Maryland Carousel GroupCharles County 4-HChristmas in AprilLa Plata Lions ClubCoral Arts SocietyCharles County Garden ClubChristmas in AprilFarmer's MarketUM-CRMC Hospital FoundationNorth Point HSCharles County Arts AllianceCharles County Garden ClubMattawomen Creek Art CenterBoy ScoutsTown of Indian HeadWaldorf Seventh-day Adventist ChurchFood Vendors (subject to additions): Nutty Bavarian Minute Man Kettle Corn Elbert's Ice Charles County Fair (Food Booth)Various craft vendors will be on-site both days including the Boy Scouts selling Christmas trees. Some of the vendors scheduled to be represented include Scentsy, Thirty-One among others. We hope to have a more complete listing soon.
A Holiday Arts FaireIn the P.D. Brown Building, the Charles County Arts Alliance is presenting "A Holiday Arts Faire," a celebration of the performing, visual and literary arts! A total of 22 local artists and local authors will be offering their original artworks and literary works for purchase by shoppers -- just in time for Christmas gift-giving. In addition, there will be a full lineup of holiday live entertainment to delight visitors of all ages, and surprise "celebrity readers" that will read aloud their favorite Christmas classic books, stories and poetry to children under the Christmas tent!The entertainment schedule for "A Holiday Arts Faire" in the P.D. Brown Building is as follows:Friday, December 64:00 - 5:00 pm:Shane Seremet, Piano5:00 - 5:30 pm:[Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony & Santa Arrival -- Greens Area]6:00 - 7:00 pm:Jenkins Violins7:00 - 8:00 pm:Tober/Monk Flutes8:00 - 9:00 pm:Celebrity Reader #1 - Christmas ClassicsSaturday, December 79:00 - 10:00 am:Celebrity Reader #2 - Christmas Classics10:00 - 11:00 am:`Appalachian Acoustic11:00 - 12:00 noon:Shane Seremet, Piano12:00 - 1:00 pm:Schubert Singers1:00 - 2:00 pm:Chesapeake Choral Arts Society2:00 - 3:00 pm:Celebrity Reader #3 - Christmas Classics3:00 - 4:00 pm:Appalachian Acoustic4:00 - 5:00 pm:Charles County Youth Orchestra5:00 - 6:00 pm:Celebrity Reader #4 - Christmas Classics6:00 - 7:00 pm:Ballet Arts Academy Dancers7:00 - 8:00 pm:Southern Maryland Christmas Combo8:00 - 9:00 pm:BG Steel Pan BandPlease join us at "A Holiday Arts Faire"!