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Rodet Jones climbs around on a light-armored vehicle Wednesday, with the help of Marine Staff Sgt. Jared Groves, of Fort Detrick, and Tommy Prazenica. The armored vehicle was on display at at a past The Great Frederick Fair.

From crafts to cooking to harness racing, The Great Frederick Fair offers a variety of free activities for attendees.

The fair runs from Sept. 13 to 21 at the Frederick Fairgrounds at 797 E. Patrick St.

The fair offers Senior Citizen Days on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., people 65 and older will get in free.

Wednesday will be Military Appreciation Day. Any active-duty service members in uniform or with valid military identification will be admitted free until 6 p.m.

On Friday, Sept. 20, anyone 18 and younger will get in free until 5 p.m. for Fair Friday.

On Friday, Sept. 13, the horse pull at 5 p.m. in the Outdoor Equine Arena at the Horse Park will be free, while on Saturday, a free cooking demonstration will be held at the City Streets, Country Roads Kitchen from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cooking demonstration will be held each night at the same time and location.

Sunday features several free events, including a stick horse workshop at 1 p.m. and a kids crafts and activity time at 6 p.m., both at the City Streets, Country Roads Kitchen.

On Monday, the kids craft and activity time will be held at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

On Tuesday, a jousting exhibition at 10:30 a.m. at the fairgrounds grandstand will be free, along with the cooking demonstration and the kids crafts and activity time.

Wednesday will feature free grandstand entertainment from Shane Gamble from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., along with harness racing and celebrity harness racing at noon at the grandstand, as well as kids crafts at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the City Streets, Country Roads Kitchen.

On Thursday, the grandstand entertainment will be Tom Senseny from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., while harness racing will continue at the grandstand at noon.

Thursday also features a parade of antique cars, held at 1:30 p.m. at the grandstand, and kids crafts will be held only at 2 p.m.

Friday brings grandstand entertainment from Devon Nickoles, and kids crafts at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

There will also be harness racing and kids harness pedal races at noon, both at the grandstand.

After the races, a parade of horse breeds will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Saturday is the last day of free events at the fair, with grandstand entertainment by Douglas Phebus, and kids crafts at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Harness racing at noon will also include a kids pedal tractor pull, both at the grandstand.

Under saddle racing at the grandstand will begin at approximately 1:15 p.m., followed by a parade of horse breeds, horse-drawn carriages, and horses and hounds at the grandstand.

Follow Ryan Marshall on Twitter: @RMarshallFNP.

Ryan Marshall is the transportation and growth and development reporter for the News-Post. He can be reached at rmarshall@newspost.com.

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