Sunday, September 5, 2010

Day Trip - Maryland State Fair

A view of the midway from the grand stand.

We are big time fair fans - street festivals, county fairs, state fairs, etc. Kathryn gets excited about the start of fair season in a way that can only be rivaled by Kathryn's excitement for the start of basketball season. We love the food, the entertainment, the animals, the people watching (the people watching!), and the food. We're still a couple of displaced Midwesterners, but here's what we thought of a Mid Atlantic state fair.

  • The fair was much, much smaller than we're used to. Not in terms of offerings, but geographic footprint. It was more packed-in than spread-out, consistent with most Midwest vs. Mid Atlantic comparisons.
  • The same exact people go to state fairs in the Midwest and Maryland. That's all I need to say.
  • The food offerings weren't as plentiful, but all of the major bases were covered: midway corn dogs, state ag producer associations (pork, beef, poultry, and dairy), and, of course, fried weird stuff. We had the deep fried buckeyes (see below).
  • One of the things we did have at the fair that was distinctly and appropriately Maryland - sea food. Crab cakes and clam strips, specifically. Amazing!
  • We got to see the girls equestrian competition - a first time for both of us. It felt very Maryland to watch gals on horses jump over stuff.
  • Kathryn was very impressed with the baking competition claiming it was the best she's seen.

How much fried food can we eat in one day? A lot.

Deep fried buckeyes. For those keeping score the layers from the inside out go peanut butter, chocolate, fried dough, powdered sugar. They aren't as healthy as you would expect.

Kathryn can't resist petting the baby pigs.

or the draft horses.

Here you can see the only adult without kids who milked a cow at the fair. I was a natural.

My next hobby - falconry.

The fair has live thoroughbred racing in a delightfully old school setting.

View of the finish line from the grand stands.

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