Your 2018 Guide to County Fairs in the DMV

County fairs are a summertime essential pretty much everywhere, and the DMV is no exception. Celebrate with tons of food, unusual contests, live entertainment and carnival rides all summer long.

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County fairs are a summertime essential pretty much everywhere, and the DMV is no exception. Celebrate with tons of food, unusual contests, live entertainment and carnival rides all summer long.
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Prince George's County Fairn
When: Sept. 6-9n
Where: Show Place Arena (14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro)n

Enjoy the carnival rides, compete for best jam in the county and pet farm animals at the Prince George's County Fair. Past events have included a beautiful baby contest, photography and fine arts competitions and a flower show.
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Anne Arundel County Fairn
When: Sept. 12-16n
Where: Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds (1490 General's Highway, Crownsville)n

Past events have included the Arundel's Got Teen Talent, comedy magic shows and cute kid contests. Naturally, you'll also find plenty of carnival rides and fair food.
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Charles County Fair
When: Sept. 13-16n
Where: Charles County Fairgrounds (8400 Fairground Road, La Plata)n
You can expect old-fashioned fun like pig races, antique tractor displays, lawnmower racing and a carnival full of rides. Fun for kids includes clowns, a farm and a "driving" school.
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Great Frederick Fairn
When: Sept. 14-22n
Where: Frederick Fairgrounds (797 East Patrick St., Frederick)n
The Great Frederick Fair has hosted landscaping competitions, cake auctions, garden and farm demos and more. Explore agricultural exhibits, meet up with farm animals and watch antique car and carriage parades.
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St. Mary's County Fair
When: Sept. 20-23n
Where: St. Mary's County Fairgrounds (42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown)

nThe St. Mary's County Fair hosts competitions around raising livestock, crafting home art, gardening and 4-H departments. Explore arts and crafts and meet up with rabbits, sheep and livestock on display.
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D.C. State Fairn
When: Sept. 23n
Where: Waterfront Metro Station (375 and 425 M streets SW)n

Enjoy most of the fun of a county fair right in the city, although don't expect carnival rides here. Arts and crafts vendors, a pet parade, contests -- including best homebrew, best donuts, best mumbo sauce and best compost (yes, you read that right) -- and food vendors converge for a day of fun to showcase the area's "agricultural and artistic talents." The fair's been held in many different locations since its first annual event in 2010, and this year is back at the Southwest Waterfront.
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