The Anne Arundel County Fair

Summer Family Fun in Crownsville, Maryland

Anne Arundel County Fair
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The friendly 20-foot Fair Giant who has stood watch for decades again welcomes visitors to the 2017 Anne Arundel County Fair, held annually at the fairgrounds on Generals Highway in Crownsville, Maryland.

5 Days of Fair

Over five days, September 13–17, 2017, the fair provides wholesome family entertainment, from the traditional crowning of a Fair Queen and Poultry Princess to carnival rides and games, animal exhibits, monster trucks, pony rides, tractor pulls, pig races, pony rides, pie eating contests, a talent show, live music, and much more.

The Anne Arundel County Fair dates back to the early 1950s, but organizers didn't establish the permanent fairgrounds at 1450 Generals Highway (Route 178) until 1984, after land was purchased and the fair was officially moved to Crownsville, a location at the center of the county that boasts good road access and rolling grounds.

Crownsville Has Been Home Since 1984

"It was a good opportunity to rebuild the fair with much investment in money and muscle," say fair officials. "Today's fair has become a showcase of the agriculture and home arts that are slowly eroding from the landscape of a county that was once teeming with farms. It has become a place for the entire family to learn about Anne Arundel County's past, present, and future."

The county fair always showcases agriculture and home arts in several events, which these days are an homage to the days when farms and fields were more abundant in Anne Arundel County.

Agriculture and the Home Arts

For example, attendees can inspect and observe farm animals such as cattle, horses, pigs, poultry, rabbits, steers, and sheep. The exhibit buildings will feature 4-H and Future Farmers of America exhibits and handmade crafts like clothing, toys, knitting, needlepoint, and decorative pillows.

There will be also insect, agriculture, and scientific displays. And judges will choose the best homemade honey, cookies, breads, and cakes, as well as homegrown vegetables, grains, fruits, and flowers.

Among the most popular events are the annual antique tractor pull, the cutest kid competition, and the Arundel's Got Talent competition, which always draw crowds.

Elsewhere, there will be livestock auctions and flea markets full of vintage goods and bargains. And children will be able to ride hamster balls, ponies, and camels.

Contests and Entertainment

Contests abound and attendees will vie with each other in the popular pie-eating and watermelon-eating contests, an archery competition and in the games and attractions on the midway.

There are plenty of entertainment options, beginning with a carnival midway full of rides. On stage, there will be bands, dancers, comedy shows, and children's performers. Fairgoers love the Reggie Rice Comedy Magic Show and the annual dance party with the six-piece Oracle band.

Fair Food and Tickets

As visitors stroll around the fair, there will be plenty of fair food and drinks, from traditional funnel cakes to beer, sangria and a litany of red and white wines.

Visitors can get wristbands and tickets at the fair's Information booth. Admission is generally under $10 for children and adults, but check exact prices on the fair website, which will also list fair hours and a fair schedule.

Getting to the Fairgrounds

The Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds are located at 1490 General's Highway (Route 178) in Crownsville, MD. The fairgrounds are located approximately 7 miles west of Annapolis. 

  • From Route 50: Travel west to Route 450, Take Route 450 to Route 178, General's Hwy at Westfield/Annapolis Mall. The Fairgrounds are approximately 5 miles on left side, just past Eisenhower Golf Course.
  • From Route 97: Go south toward Annapolis. Take Exit 5 (Route 178, General's Hwy, Crownsville).Drive through three traffic lights. After third traffic light (intersection of Route 178 and Crownsville Rd.), Fairgrounds is approx. 1/2 mile on right.