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 30 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 31st at 11:59 pm. All other online entries will be accepted until Sunday, September 8th at 11:59 pm. Click here for a printable entry formBring all exhibits to the fairgrounds on Wednesday, September 11th, 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.
Fire DamageAt approximately 3:00 pm on April 2nd, there was a report of a building fire at the Charles County Fairgrounds. Subsequently the Livestock Show Ring and all attached Livestock Barns were destroyed. Thanks to hundreds of firefighter, EMS and law enforcement personnel the fire was contained to the Livestock Area. There were no injuries or loss of human lives. The Fair Board will be immediately planning the re-building process. We are in the process of reviewing all upcoming events to be held at the Fairgrounds. Most of our Rental Facilities are intact and we are fully operational. On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Charles County Fair, we would like to thank all the firefighter, EMS and law enforcement personnel that responded to our emergency. We look forward to seeing all our Loyal Fairgoers and Patrons at our upcoming Events.BACK AND SOON TO BE BETTER THAN EVER!June 2013 Update - We are well on the way to full recovery. The clean up is almost done and preparations are underway for our temporary livestock facility for this year’s fair. We are finalizing plans for a modern livestock facility (planned opening in 2014) that will highlight the best of our past while looking toward the future! We can’t wait!
The 301 Derby Dames practice at the Fairgrounds every Thursday night. Find them on Facebook to learn more or to join. They are recruiting skaters, ref's, officials, and volunteers! No prior skating experience required.