The Prince George's County Fair takes place September 7–10, 2017, at Prince George's Equestrian Center and Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
A Historic County Fair
The fair began in 1842 as a friendly gathering for local farmers to showcase their produce and livestock and have a little fun. Today, it's the oldest running fair in Maryland in one of the oldest counties in the United States.
Though the Prince George's County Fair started out featuring livestock and field crops, eventually it came to include what were then called "women's arts" as well, with competitions for the best jams, jellies, canned goods, pies, breads, cookies, clothing, quilts, and handicrafts. It still does, and winning one of these culinary or craft competitions is still considered a high achievement.
4-H and Open Class Livestock Competitions
The annual family-friendly event continues to center around animals with 4-H livestock and arts and crafts competitions, and open class crafts and livestock competitions for cattle, goats, and sheep. However, there is so much more to this well organized, long-running fair.
Plus Ponies, Races, Arts, and Beautiful Babies
In addition to animal competitions, there are live animal displays, a petting zoo with a camel, pony rides, hilarious pig and duck races, noisy mini stock car racing, and fireworks. Fairgoers love the arts and crafts competitions in photography, fine arts, woodworking, basket making, flower growing, and flower arranging. Plus, the vendor and small business showcases give entrepreneurs a chance to meet and greet the public.
The beautiful baby contests with primped and pampered babies and toddlers are considered a charming high point of the fair.
And Plain Old Fun
When it's time for pure, old-fashioned fun, fairgoers head for the midway, where there are plenty of food concessions, carnival games, carnival rides (including a Ferris wheel and roaster coaster), and live entertainment with local bands and others.
In a Historic County
Prince George's County, with nearly a million residents, abuts the eastern border of Washington, DC, placing it squarely in the capital region. Because it is so close to Washington, it has many government facilities from Joint Base Andrews to the US Census Bureau.
The English created the county in 1696, naming it for Prince George of Denmark (1653–1708), the husband of Queen Anne of Great Britain. In its early history, the county's southern regions were populated by tobacco farms worked by enslaved Africans, endowing the area with a high population of African Americans. Today, Prince George's County is one of the richest African American–majority counties in the United States.
This venerable county has a number of structures on the National Register of Historic Places.
Prince George's County Fair Location
The Prince George's County Fair is at the Equestrian Center and Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The fair is located off I-495 (Capital Beltway) at Exit 4 near Oxon Hill, Maryland. There is plenty of free parking available.
For more details on current open times and admission fees, see the fair website or call 301-442-7393.