DENTON — The Caroline and Dorchester chambers of commence along with local and state officials cut the ribbon to open the annual Caroline-Dorchester County Fair Wednesday, Aug. 7.
The fair, located at the Caroline County 4-H Park, 8230 Detour Road near Denton, runs through Saturday, Aug. 10.
A powerful early evening thunderstorm did not dampen the opening night enthusiasm. The day began with the dairy show. The evening saw Elizabeth Ross receive the Caroline-Dorchester County Fair queen crown during the annual royal pageant. Skylar Blunt was crowned fair princess. Gwendolyn Davis received the little princess crown.
Caroline County Commissioners Larry Porter, Wilbur Levengood and Dan Franklin helped celebrate the opening night festivities, which featured the annual cake auction, fried chicken dinner and free ice cream tickets from Nagel Farm Service. Admission to the fair was free Wednesday courtesy of the Caroline and Dorchester chambers of commerce.
Local 4-H’ers received help to cut ribbon during the opening ceremony from University of Maryland Extension Office Educator Navonne Owen; Maryland Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder; state Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Talbot; State Sen. Addie Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore; Ryan Snow, representing Gov. Larry Hogan; Melissa Kelly, representing U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen; Dave Wooten, representation Comptroller Peter Franchot; Caroline Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tracey Snyder; Dorchester Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bill Christopher; Ridgely Town Commissioner Anthony Casey; Rich Colburn; and Dorchester County Councilman Lenny Pfeffer.
“The Caroline-Dorchester County Fair is definitely something exciting,” Owen said. “There is something for everybody. We offer all kinds of activities for the family. Thursday is Children’s Day, which we will have all sorts of fun activities for children.
“We also have the traditional county fair things with livestock shows, auctions and great food,” she said. “We have great vendors and great entertainment planned for each night. There is a little bit of everything. This is all run by volunteers, and they do a wonderful job putting the week together.”
The Maryland Agriculture Education Trailer will feature hands-on agriculture activities throughout the week.
Children’s day is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8. Hands-on activities, interactive displays and more will be available. Admission is $1 with a canned good donation to the Maryland Food Bank. Food concession will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday continues the livestock competitions with the goat show at 10 a.m. and the swine show at 5 p.m. The petting zoo and 4-H Archery Club demo also begin at 5 p.m. The video game trailer will be open from 4 to 9 p.m. The ranch riding and dressage horse event will be held at 5:30 p.m.
The crab cake dinner will be served Thursday by Blough’s Seafood from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The Jones Boys are scheduled to perform at 7 p.m.
The beef show begins at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9, and the horse speed event at 3 p.m. After the beef show concludes, the 4-H winners from the goat, swine, sheep and beef shows will compete in the Elite Premier livestock handling showcase. Caroline County 4-H’er Caroline Saathoff won the 2018 crown.
The petting zoo and video gaming area opens at 4 p.m. The dress-a-goat contest will be held at 6 p.m. Registration is at 5:30 p.m. Magician John Dodge is scheduled to perform from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Friday’s dinner will be pit beef from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The greased pig contest begins at 7 p.m. Mike Hines is scheduled to perform from 7 to 10 p.m. The Fish Mobile from Phillips Wharf will be at the fair from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday.
The horse show and rabbit show will each be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. The petting zoo opens at 11 a.m. The baby contest will be held at 11 a.m. The food concessions open at 11 a.m.
Jousting will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Also on Saturday, the kids pedal tractor pull contest will be held at 1 p.m. with the watermelon eating contest at 2 p.m. and the pet show at 3 p.m. The Fish Mobile from Phillips Wharf will be at the fair from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
Saturday’s dinner will be chicken barbecue from 4 to 7 p.m.
The fair culminates with the livestock auction at 6 p.m. Saturday. Saturday’s entertainment will be Randall Butler at 5 p.m. and Harrison Doyle from 7 to 10 p.m.