Visiting The Great Frederick Fair each year is just what we do for us Fredericktonians.
Even the Frederick County Public School system gives school children a day off during Great Frederick Fair week so everybody gets a chance to thoroughly enjoy it before the week is up.
After all, The Great Frederick Fair has a very long, rich history, with over 156 years and counting!
In the words of it’s President, Colby D. Hubble, “The Great Frederick Fair is the agricultural heart of Frederick County, a community gathering for socializing and a place for exhibitors to showcase and share their success.
Hence, we decided to give YOU 10 reasons to visit the Great Frederick Fair!
1. Food At The Great Frederick Fair
Firstly, where else but the fair can you have a great excuse to enjoy corn dogs, pit beef sandwiches, BBQ, ice cream, cotton candy, whoopie pies, and candy apples, just to name a few!
Our “biggest food line” award goes to Hemp’s Meats, a Frederick County full service country butcher shop located in Jefferson, Maryland.
Notably, Hemp’s Meats has been providing top quality meats to Frederick County since 1849!
Needless to say, they know what they’re doing!
In addition, another Frederick County favorite, JB Seafood, located in Myersville, Maryland, serves up the best seafood around.
They pride themselves on being able to obtain the freshest seafood on the East Coast.
With Frederick County quickly becoming the go-to destination for wineries, breweries, and distilleries, the Great Frederick Fair is the perfect place to showcase them!
Clearly, there’s something for everyone in this showcase!
3. Animals At The Great Frederick Fair
You absolutely cannot go to the Fair without enjoying all of the amazing animals!
Not only will you find sheep, goats, swine, cattle, and equine, but also you’ll see poultry, alpacas, llamas, and rabbits all throughout the fairgrounds.
Unquestionably, they’re all just so cute!!
Furthermore, there’s a birthing center, a milking facility, and shearing and spinning demos.
There are so many fun competitions throughout the 9 days.
Particularly, entries are judged in the categories of spirits, 4-H Baked Goods, Home Arts & Crafts, Farm & Garden, Plan & Plant, and Garden & Field Crop.
Also, there’s an Equine Showcase/Expo, 4-H/FFA Pretty Cow Contest, Rabbit Judging, a Horse Pull, Texas Roadhouse Eating Contest, and SO much more!
Check out their event info for all of the competitions.
5. Demonstrations At The Great Frederick Fair
Not only are there animal related demonstrations all over the fairgrounds, but also there are demonstrations in the categories of Home Arts & Crafts, Farm & Garden, a Sulky to Saddle Tack Room Display, an FCPS S.T.E.M. Showcase, a Huntsman & Hounds Demonstration, and much more!
Indeed, it’s a great way of seeing how hard all of the participants have worked all year to show off their skills to the community.
6. Cool Tractors & Cars
This happens to be my husband’s favorite part of the Fair.
Along with being a vintage garden tractor and vintage car enthusiast, it goes without saying that the Fair is the perfect place to go to see all things on wheels!
From small vintage garden tractors to HUGE combines, you will be able to peruse tractors to your heart’s content.
Along with tractors, there’s also a Parade of Antique Cars on Old Fashioned Day.
7. Races At The Great Frederick Fair
The Fair has races throughout the entire 9 days of its annual event.
Undoubtedly, with Horse Pulls, Demolition Derbies, Harness Racing, Kids Harness Pedal Races, and Tractor & Truck Pulls, the excitement never ends.
The carnival rides are always a hit with the kiddos!
Incidentally, The Great Frederick Fair has welcomed Reithoffer Shows for over 24 years.
Without a doubt, there are plenty of thrill rides, kiddie rides, and even rides for those of us who prefer something tame.
Obviously, for me, my favorite ride is the ferris wheel!
9. Grandstand Events At The Great Frederick Fair
The big acts each year never disappoint!
For example, one year I went to see Loretta Lynn perform live.
Clearly, it was a never-forget experience.
Last year they had Gary Allan (Country), John Kay & Steppenwolf (Rock), Brett Young with Riley Green (Country, Bluegrass, Southern Gospel), Scotty McCreery (Country), Darci Lynne & Friends LIVE (Singer/Ventriloquist), and Matthew West & Jordan Feliz (Contemporary Christian).
Lastly, there are so many opportunities during the 9 days of the Great Frederick Fair to enjoy specials:
- Senior Citizen Days
- Military Appreciation Day
- Kid’s Day
- Fair Friday
- Dollar Day (all rides are $1)
- Carload Special Day
- Special Rates on Ride Wristbands
- Order tickets online for special prices: 3 day pass, Family 4 pack, & Full Week Carnival Pass
- The Great Frederick Fair also participates with Groupon
- Retail Mega Passes can be found at Weis Markets. Each $30 Mega Pass grants one admission and unlimited rides on ANY one day of the Fair
With the exception of the Carload Special Day, any free admission offers do not include the cost to park your vehicle.
Finally, be sure to check the Great Frederick Fair website for days and times for all of these offers.
Hope to see you at the Fair!
Need more ideas for this summer?
Make sure to visit our Free Things to Do in Frederick Md During the Summer post.
It’ll keep you busy all summer long!