(Sept. 13, 2019) The 67th annual Worcester County Fair returns to Byrd Park in Snow Hill this weekend.

Dancing, games, animals and various activities will be featured, with more than 125 exhibitors in attendance and over 1,400 entries to be judged.

“We want to be able to share the heritage of agriculture and youth development and all of those things that we just try to celebrate at this fair,” Kathy Decker, correspondent for the Worcester County Fair, said. “We want to be able to share that with the community.”

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Several children’s activities, like this watermelon-eating contest, will take place during the 67th Worcester County Fair this weekend in Snow Hill.

The fair opens on Friday, at 11 a.m. with a Safe Kids Celebration and an interactive story time set in a hay wagon.

Smoky Bear will be on hand, and the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office will put on a K-9 demonstration. Many agencies will be offering giveaways and providing activities for the children.

In addition, Buster Douglas, the Mini Horse Wonder, will transform into a unicorn over the weekend.

Families can visit the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation Ag Showcase, sponsored by M&T Bank, for hands-on learning and crafts.

Exhibits available at the fair include arts and crafts, photography, scrapbooks, seashells, posters, flowers, wood work, clothing, cakes, fruits, vegetables, meats and other baked goods.

Friday evening features the much-anticipated auction of prize-winning cakes and closes with the musical sounds of God’s Country Crossroads.

“This is for all of Worcester County and really all of the surrounding area,” Decker said. “It’s not a big blown up fair with lots of rides … [but] there’s something going on all the time. It’s just one of those family friendly, free events that everybody can just come down and enjoy on a nice afternoon in an absolutely beautiful setting right here in the county seat.”

Last year’s fair was canceled because of bad weather and damp fields, but Decker is confident this year’s event will have plenty of good weather.

A highlight of this year’s fair will be the Dunking Booth to benefit Operation We Care, a local grassroots organization that has supported military men and women and first responders for 12 years.

Operation We Care packs over 2,000 care packages a year, which are sent to deployed troops. The organization strives to support both active duty and veteran military through care packages, events and a variety of assistance outlets.

Operation We Care also makes donations to local law enforcement and fire departments in addition to many support and appreciation causes.

“It’s something that is near and dear to everybody’s heart,” Decker said. “These troops are very far away from home, some of whom don’t get care packages. They see these beautifully decorated boxes with letters from school children and wishes, and they’re filled with supplies that [the children] actually determined that they needed. We’re very proud to be able to support [Operation We Care] this way.”

Sheriff Matt Crisafulli will be among the first to take the plunge on Friday at 11 a.m.

Del. Wayne Hartman will sit in the booth on Saturday at 1 p.m. along with Operation We Care founder, Jeff Merritt, Snow Hill postal clerk Steven Zelechowski and John Foxwell from Worcester County Public Works as well as others volunteering throughout the weekend. Local legislators, educators, businesses and community leaders are encouraged to participate.

Friday’s events will finish off at 6 p.m. with the benefit cake auction and a performance by Country Crossroads.  

Saturday has a full slate of activities including kid’s games, pie- and watermelon-eating contests, tug-of-war contests, livestock shows, salsa and square dancing, karate demonstration and Drums Around the World with Ted Nichols.

Kicking off Saturday’s events will be the Horse Show at 9 a.m. Registration begins at 8 p.m. for $5 per class or $25 for ride-all-afternoon. Ribbons and premiums will be awarded for each class. Classes include grooming and showing, walking, trotting, a relay and jumping over fences.

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Animals will be on display during the 67th Worcester County Fair this weekend in Snow Hill.

Also taking place on Saturday, John “Laughing Wolf” from the Great Cherokee Nation will put on a demonstration of horsemanship and tricks with Sokie, his trained appaloosa, an American horse breed, at 2 p.m.

“John trains horses and has [performed] in several movies as well as the show ‘The Walking Dead,’” Decker said. “He is going to bring Sophie down to the fairgrounds and show people how to make horses do things that they don’t normally do, like dancing and bowing and things like that. He’s very, very talented and he’s a very popular person here locally, so we’re happy to have ‘Laughing Wolf’ here.”

Saturday also features the Classic Car and Truck Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration for the event takes place from 9-10 a.m. There is no cost to participate.

Dash plaques will be given the first 50 participants. Fair goers can vote for their favorites to receive one of the sponsor trophies.

The Peninsula Tractor Organization will also be on hand with an antique tractor demonstration at 1 p.m.

On Saturday evening come out for the annual talent show, which will take place at 6 p.m.

Age groups include: 7 and under, 8-10, 11-13, 14-18 and 19 and up. Participants must be on the stage by 5:30 p.m. First, second and third place in each category will receive $50, $30 and $10, respectively. Participants can register as late as noon on Saturday.

“You always marvel at the creative talents of some of these folks,” Decker said.

A non-denominational church service by Bayside Community Church will be held Sunday morning at 11 am. Sunday also features Lego Building contests, arts and crafts for kids, Rangoli, and Paint Day in the Park.

Kira Knappenberger, a member of the Voyagers 4-H Club, will display her two Dobermans with a demonstration of dog training and agility skills.

Then, spectators are invited back to the main tent to listen to classic rock and country sounds provided by Haydyn Ryan, a local performer, before the fair closes out with its awards ceremony at 5 p.m.

There is no cost to attend the fair. The Worcester County Fair will take place Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For a full schedule of events, to sign up as a vendor, or for more information, visit www.worcestercountyfair.com or call 410-632-1972 or visit the Worcester County Fair page on Facebook.

Schedule of Events:

Friday

8-10 a.m. – Vendor check-in

11 a.m. – Fair opens

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Worcester

Celebrates Safe Kids Day

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Interactive Story Time in the Park

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Appearance of Buster Douglas, mini wonder horse

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Operation We Care dunking booth

1 p.m. – Rangoli demonstration

2 p.m. – K-9 demonstration, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office

6 p.m. – Benefit cake auction and County Crossroads

8 p.m. – Fair closes for the day

Saturday

8 a.m. – Fair opens

8-9 a.m. – Registration for horse show

9 a.m. – Horse show

9 a.m. – Rabbit show

10 a.m. – Rangoli demonstration

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Classic Car and Truck Show

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Operation We Care dunking booth

11 a.m. – Children’s limbo contest

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Crochet circle

11:30 a.m. – Tug of War: Children vs. Parents

Noon – Chicken scratch for children

Noon – drums around the world with Ted Nichols

12:30 p.m. – Children’s watermelon-eating contest

1-2:30 p.m. – Salsa dancing

1 p.m. – Poultry show

1 p.m. – Antique tractor demonstration

1 p.m. – Pine Steppers of Ocean Pines

1:30 p.m. – Children’s pedal

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2-3 p.m. – John “Laughing Wolf” from the Great Cherokee Nation

2 p.m. – Children’s pie-eating contest

2 p.m. – Pocomoke karate demo with Diana Martin

2:30 p.m. – Children’s egg toss

3 p.m. – Children’s hula hoop contest

3 p.m. – All about dance academy from Pocomoke

3 p.m. – Meat goat show

3:30 p.m. – Children’s extra large Kool pop-eating contest

4 p.m. – Children’s sack race

4:30 p.m. – Children’s bubble fun

6 p.m. – Sheep show

6 p.m. – Adult and youth Talent Show

8 p.m. – Fair closes for the day

Sunday

8 a.m. – Fair opens

10 a.m. – Rangoli demonstration

11 a.m. to noon – Church service by Bayside Community Church

11 a.m. – Dairy show

12:30-1:30 p.m. – Lego building and fun contest

1 p.m. – Twisters

1:30-2:30 p.m. – Paint Day in the Park

2:30-3:30 p.m. – Arts and crafts for children

3:30 p.m. – Dog training demonstrations by Kira Knappenberger

4 p.m. – Haydyn Ryan performance, classic rock and country

5 p.m. – Awards ceremony

5:30 p.m. – Fair closes

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