Milking at the Maryland State Fair

StateFairMilkingWThe Maryland State Fair opens Friday Aug. 22 and runs through Labor Day, Sept. 1, and has plenty of fun, educational activities for kids beyond the midway rides.

Here are a few ideas to keep your kids entertained without blowing the budget at the fair, which his held at the State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

  • The Birthing Center – Check out the newly designed eye-level birthing area in the Cow Palace behind the Dairy Bar. Kids can witness the birth of calves, piglets and hatching chicks. Live video cameras and big screen TVs will ensure everyone has a good view. Open 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. daily.
  • U-Learn Farm – Kids can learn how agriculture impacts their daily lives. Hands-on activities and exhibits show how crops are grown in the field arrive on the table. Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily in the Maryland State Fair Cow Palace.
  • Children’s Tea Parties – Kids ages 5-12 can reserve a spot for the Maryland State Fair Children’s Tea Parties hosted twice a day, Aug. 25–29, at 1 and 3 p.m. in The Home Arts Building. $5 per child. Email for reservations: [email protected].
  • Sand Sculpture & Contest – Sandscapes, holders of 12 World Sand Sculpting Championship titles, will sculpt a 100-ton sand sculpture in the State Fair’s Exhibition Hall. Fairgoers may enter to win the “$2,500 Guess to Win Contest” at the sculpture site.
  • Masters of the Chainsaw – Watch sculptor Marty Long transform a log in as few as 60 minutes into a detailed piece of art using chainsaws. Weekends at 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. and on weekdays at 1, 3 and 7 p.m. in the Maryland State Fair Park.
  • Swifty Swine Racing & Swimming Pig Shows ¬– Watch Kim Kardashiham, Justin Bieboar, Christina Hogulera, Kevin Bacon, Brad Pig and other celebrity porkers compete in the Midway near the Farm & Garden Building.

Admission to the fair is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for kids 6-11. Kids 5 and under are free. For more details the Maryland State Fair website.

For more ideas for family fun visit our events calendar.