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Senior Day At The Howard County Fair

Goat At Howard County Fair
Photo by my 3 almost 4 year old grandson, Robert with my phone while in the stroller! Boy's got talent!

Senior Day At The Fair

On Tuesday this week, I used my Senior Discount for the first time! Each year on Tuesdays at the Howard County Fair in West Friendship, MD, they let ALL seniors over 62 get in for FREE!! Of course, if you are a senior reading this, you will have to wait till next year, but I went and saved the fee to get in.


Even though it was a Code Red Day again and had to be over 100 (felt that way), I, along with most of the seniors, including my in-laws, drove down to check out the fair.

Taking The Grandchilden To The Fair

This year was extra special for me as I had all three of my grandchildren and my daughter with me. The grandkids were all free too (my daughter had to pay). We had a plan, go early before it got HOT. See the animals and farm equipment, and check out the Arts and Crafts building. No rides, since they would not open till 2 pm anyway, and I figured 2 hours would be enough. It was. It WAS HOT.


I am officially a senior because, in 2 hours, I was exhausted. My in-laws came home around noon, but I saw them and my daughter’s family leave to go back in the evening to watch my brother-in-law with his mules and, I am sure, get on the rides. My hats off to them because I stayed home.

So Many Things To See And Do At The Fair

I have to say, I have missed going to the fair these last few years since COVID arrived. However, I am sure I will be returning on Friday night to support the 4-H kids at the Livestock Sale. It will be cooler in the evening (how did I ever survive working in greenhouses?), and I will be able to see many of my friends. Who knows? I might even fill my freezer up if I bid often and high!


I recommend it, if you have never been to the Howard County Fair. It is just the right size to have fun without being overwhelming. There is something for everyone there. You can check out the Model T club when you first walk in, along with the antique farm equipment that the Howard County Farm Museum puts on.


There is fresh produce for sale, and even a trailer with some delicious desserts. You will also find the world-famous French Fry Stand and Fried Dough that Glenelg High School runs. (I spent many a day and night helping with those fries.)


One of the two air-conditioned activity buildings is the 4-H building, where you can find more about 4-H and what they do besides raising livestock. There is something for every child in 4-H. Sewing, cooking, art and photography, just to name a few.


Of course, there are the rides along with games to play. The West Friendship Fire Department has many booths and games; you can find many other charitable organizations there.

See You At The Fair

I hope you can take a trip to my neck of the woods and check out the Howard County Fair. It is always the first week in August, so save the date for 2023.

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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