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Talbot County Fair 2019
July 11 - July 13
The Talbot County Fair is scheduled to run from Thursday, July 11 through Saturday, July 13 at the Talbot Agriculture and Education Center, located at 10659 Hiners Lane in Easton. Admission to the fair is free. Parking is $5 per vehicle to benefit the Ag Center. Along with the 4-H and FFA exhibits and livestock shows, two standards at the fair, there are games at the Tri-Gas and Oil community midway, a new Imagination Station sponsored by Choptank Electric Cooperative loaded with kids’ activities, a farm animal petting zoo, and free guided painting and drawing classes each night.
It’s First Responders Day, sponsored by Talbot Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association Retention and Recruitment Committee, is on Thursday, July 11. Fire, police and emergency medical staff will receive free parking and free ice cream. At 6 p.m. the fair will kick off the Rugged Responder, a challenge course of skills used in the line of duty. After first responder teams compete, the course will open up to the community at large to those who want to see if they have the muster to complete the course. In addition to recognizing first responders, displays from the community’s firefighting and police ranks will be at the fair to educate residents on different aspects of their work.
“It’s just a small token of appreciation to those who put their lives on the line every day they go into work,” said Amanda Clougherty, Talbot County Fair Chairman. “We want all first responders to know what they do to keep people safe does not go unnoticed.”
Then, on Friday, July 12, it is Chick Fil-A Kids’ Day and fairgoers will receive a coupon for a free chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-a while supplies last. The 4-H Fashion Show is scheduled for 6 p.m. with youth showcasing clothing they have sewn.
On Saturday, July 13, it’s Thank a Farmer Day sponsored by Fred Frederick Ag Ram. Fairgoers can sign the “Thank a Farmer Wall” and pay tribute to a farmer loved one. There will be a jousting competition at 11 a.m. and a watermelon eating contest at 2 p.m. From noon to 6 p.m., the St. Michaels Art League will present an Art Show. Sportsmen can bring their trophy deer mounts for a free antler scoring from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., by Walter Johnson, president of The Maryland Taxidermist Association.
Art League members will also provide children with free painting and drawing workshops from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 11 and Friday, July 12, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 13.
For more than 25 years, the Art League has been a presence in Talbot County with the core mission of seeking ways to demonstrate to members of our community how their lives may be enriched through art. These fair workshops are funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues from the Maryland State Arts Council. For more information, call Beth Wright at 202-264-0724 or visit smartleague.org.
“We’re thrilled to have members of the St. Michaels Art League bring their art to the fair and hope it inspires those who see these great paintings to seek out the artist in them as well,” said Amanda Clougherty, Talbot County Fair chairman.
Another artist’s touch at the fair will be the auction of Adirondack chairs hand-painted by local artists and sponsored by Talbot County Businesses. The one-of-a-kind chairs will be on display throughout the county with information about who painted them. Chair photos will also be shared on the fair’s Facebook page. The chairs will then be sold during the fair with the proceeds to benefit the fair’s scholarship fund.
“There is so much artistic talent in Talbot County; we were so glad to have the opportunity to showcase it with our Adirondack chair fundraiser,” said Anne Altvater, a fair volunteer who organized the chair painting. “I knew there were great artists in this county, but their work on the chairs is really remarkable.”
The Talbot County Fair is a family-oriented all-volunteer event and fundraiser for the Talbot Agriculture and Education Center, which exists to strengthen the culture of rural Talbot County. The fair and ag center provides a safe, convenient and economical gathering place for citizens of all ages and backgrounds to showcase and learn from local agricultural heritage.