Did you know? Great Frederick Fair history is filled with changes, firsts and fairs that weren't

Things are cranked up at the Frederick Fairgrounds where the 145th Great Frederick Fair is under way. Organizers say this year's theme, "Great Ag-xpectations: The Shape of What's to Come," is the first in "great" themes as fair organizers get set to celebrate the 150th fair in 2011.

There have been many changes since the first fair was held in 1822: that was a two-day event, now it's nine days; the location has changed and so has the name. It's been held in May, October and November, but now (and for many years) takes place in September -- rain or shine.

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