The Great Frederick Fair opened Friday evening with the bright lights, roaring amusement rides and the sound of country music artists performing in front of the packed grandstand.
But the heart of the fair continues to be its agricultural heritage.
The fair, which began in 1822 as a livestock show at George Creager’s Tavern, is expected to draw 240,000 visitors over nine days.
More than 4,000 exhibitors have entered everything from children’s art projects, food and baked goods to hundreds of livestock entries that will compete in 4-H and open competitions through the week.
The fair runs through Saturday, Sept. 21.