Excuse us if we’re a little distracted for the next 10 days. The Great Frederick Fair arrives tonight and, honestly, we can’t wait.

It’s nearly impossible to overstate the importance of the fair, in its 157th year of operation. If you haven’t been to the fair, you’re missing one of those unique events that mean so much to the community, particularly the county’s agricultural community.

For the past few weeks, fair organizers have been hard at work to “promote agriculture and the education of our youth about the industry of agriculture,” according to the fair’s website.

But for the uninitiated, how do you even begin to sum up everything this institution has to offer?

It’s not easy, but we’re going to try.

First off, there’s a full week of agricultural events, where the county’s top livestock and their owners will be judged and awarded prizes. These events at the heart of the fair and an excellent reminder of Frederick County’s agricultural roots. Competitions range from the pretty cow contest, the horse pull, the draft horse and mule show, along with the 4-H/FFA cake auction. And let’s not forget the popular 4-H/FFA goat obstacle course.

Want to see a gigantic pumpkin or any other plus-sized produce? The Great Frederick Fair has you covered there too.

Not into agriculture as much? Well, The Great Frederick Fair has you covered there too. The fair has one of the bigger assortments of rides of any county fair in the state. Of course, there are countless opportunities to partake of a variety of food that you will find only at the fair.

Entertainment is also a big draw. In years past, The Great Frederick Fair has played host to 38 Special, Jeff Foxworthy, and even the late Johnny Cash. This year, top acts include the Temptations, Creedence Clearwater Revisited and the Allman Betts Band with special guest Montgomery Gentry.

For those looking for a little more action, the fair also offers a tractor pull and two demolition derbies.

You might even come away with some extra cash. State Comptroller Peter Franchot’s office is typically on hand to give people a chance to pick up unclaimed funds. Two years ago, the comptroller’s office handed out $35,000 to a combined 76 people.

All in all, it promises to be a great way to way to spend the last days of summer.

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Psst - It appears the Allman Betts Band has canceled, much to my dismay.

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