The Calvert County Fair is one of the oldest in Maryland, dating back to 1886 when local men got together to display their cattle and tobacco as a social event. The early fairs were held in a variety of locations, and as the event evolved, the Calvert County Farm Bureau was organized to plan an annual event to showcase the agriculture of southern Maryland and bring families together for some good old-fashioned fun.
Calvert County Fair Today
In 2017, the fair takes place from September 27 through October 1 and will be held, as always, at the Calvert County Fairgrounds, 140 Calvert Fair Rd., Prince Frederick, Maryland. Check the fair website to confirm dates, times and admission fees.
These days, the fair includes a wide range of activities, among the most popular, are the 4-H livestock auctions, open livestock judging, the Miss Tranquility and Lord Calvert contest, and the Calvert Fair Idol contest. Other activities include flower judging, tobacco judging, carnival rides and entertainment, a youth day full of races and other fun contests and presentations, and a contest judging children six months to 10 years based on onstage presentation.
The 4-H auction at the fair are held at the Calvert County Fairgrounds 4-H Livestock Barn. Fairgoers can buy a market goat, lamb, hog, or steer for the freshest, highest-quality meat available. There will be custom processing options, available for those looking to buy market animals to stock their freezer. Families can buy an animal alone with another family.
Some buyers prefer to add to the livestock collection on their farm, often with a female to use in a starter breeding project.
Still, others donate the animals back to the Calvert County 4-H Livestock Auction Committee, for processing to produce meat for food pantries. Money donated to fund the 4-H Livestock Auction Committee scholarship fund.
No matter what you decide to buy, the 4-H will provide you with a delicious dinner after the auction.
Open Class Livestock Judging
Calvert County Fair provides a forum for judging beef, sheep, swine, and goats raised by youth and adults for the following prizes:
- Best of Show in two categories
- Grand Champion
- Reserve Grand Champion
Miss Tranquility and Lord Calvert
A Miss and Lord are chosen every year based on cumulative GPA, public speaking, participation in school and community activities, a poster contest, and personal interview and application. Winners are awarded a $1,250 scholarship to the post-secondary school of their choice. Plus, they reap all the fun of the event such as riding in parades and wearing their crowns. Emma Bonanno and Calvin Crunkleton, both students at Northern, won the titles in 2016.
Calvert Fair Idol Contest
This is a talent contest for single vocalists ages of 14–29 who can sing a cappella, although they may use recorded instrumental accompaniment during their performance. Vocalists are judged on singing, stage presence, entertainment value and overall impression. Winners get $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $300 for third place.