2018 Garrett County Fair (Maryland)
Beth and I had the day off (imagine that, since we're both "officially" retired) so we headed across the border into Garrett County, Maryland for their 2018 County Fair. It wasn't looking good, with the weather forecasters painting a rainy and stormy picture right up until the night before. We woke up Tuesday to slight overcast, cooler temps, and low humidity. Off we go!
Garrett County is the westernmost county in Maryland, and fills in the large area between Pennsylvania and the beginning of the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. We have driven through it many times on our way to the farm in Petersburg. It's Deep Creek Lake is very popular with vacationers, and Oakland is a neat old town to explore. (It's also where Mike's parents were married in 1951)
Today (Tuesday) was Seniors Day, so anyone 60 or older gets in free! One of the benefits of being older. We arrived around 10:30am and began exploring the fairgrounds.
Before checking out the indoor exhibits, we walked around the midway in case it started raining.
It was still early and most of the crowds had not arrived yet.
The first building we went in was the main event hall. There were several soloists and small groups performing.
Many featured young musicians. Nice to see.
Also inside was a large exhibit of tractors old and new. I prefer the older ones.
Some of these are 40 and 50 years old, but have been restored like new.
Front of a 1949 Oliver 66 Row Crop.
Again, all sizes.
I love these old model plaques. This is a 1946 B.F. Avery Model A, in case you haven't guessed.
Nice view of the 1946 B.F. Avery Model A.
Sticker on an old Minneapolis-Moline Tractor.
A 1958 Ford 861 Powermaster Tractor.
1958 was not only a great year for tractors.......
Close-up of the 1958 Ford tractor's front.
Next, we went into the building with crafts and flowers.
Lots of nice flowers on display.
They had a large photo exhibit, with separate divisions for youth, semi-pro, and pro photographers.
This was one of my favorites.
Blue ribbon corn entry.
This is feed corn for livestock - not the kind you would want to eat for dinner.
Nice quilts and knitting/crocheting.
More quilts and handicraft. The one on the right has scenes from all over Maryland, from farms to the eastern shore.
These took a LOT of time!!
Nice display. How big was the tree when you were born?
Or did you watch the seed sprout?
Nice Social Studies exhibit on the Alaska Inuits.
We lived in Alaska from 1989-1996, and Spencer was born there.
The veggie table!
Where healthy people eat.
Nice vegetable display. (And Blue Ribbon Best-Of-Show winner!)
Lots of canned food.
Reminds me of my grandmother's cellar at the farm.
One of my favorite veggies - onions! Mmmmmmm.
More veggie displays.
Next stop was the horse barn.
Neighbors at the fair.
Cleaning up the horses for showing later.
A lot of hard work goes into getting the animals ready for fair.
More cleaning and grooming at the goat barn.
Next stop was the pig barn. We arrived at nap time.
And more Zzzzzzzzz.
Instead of "Sleep like a baby", the phrase should be "Sleep like a pig."
Lots of goats, too.
Ahhh. Best friends.
Next stop was the dairy and beef barn.
A nice Holstein like Beth's family has on their dairy farm in Wisconsin.
Not all Holsteins are black and white.
Farmer making sure everyone is OK.
Some young calves and heifers.
Kids were excited to see the cows up close.
(Except when the cow lifted its tail and went to the bathroom. LOL)
Grooming the cows for show.
More young calves and heifers.
The youngsters would walk their cows in front of this display for photos before showing.
Nice photo for the young kids to have when they get older.
Some of the beef cattle.
Nap time for the beef cattle, too.
The next stop was the bunny and poultry barn.
I never knew there were so many different breeds of rabbits.
Lots of different chickens, too.
This is one we've never seen. Listed as "Ornamental".
Beth was active in 4-H as a youth in Wisconsin.
It is still very popular there.
4-H plant displays.
4-H food canning display.
4-H flower display.
4-H veggies display.
How do you finish up a great day at the fair?
With a black raspberry milk shake from the Garrett County Farm Bureau snack shop!
Hope you enjoyed the 2018 Garrett County Fair. We did!
An hour later, we pulled into our driveway just as the rain started. Within 10 minutes, it was a downpour.