About Charles County Charles County, Maryland, founded in 1658, is located in the southern part of the Washington, DC Metropolitan area on Maryland's western shore between the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers in historic Southern Maryland.
Every September, the Charles County Fair Board is proud to put on an old-fashioned county fair with farm animals, a carnival, displays of all kinds, demonstrations, and plenty of food. The fair celebrates Charles County's 357 years of agricultural heritage and history.
The Charles County Fair is located on over 35 acres just south of La Plata, Maryland.Exhibits as varied as livestock, field corn, arts and crafts, quilts and flowers are shown in our Greens area. Over 790 exhibitors entered over 6,800 exhibits in 2011. Entertainment, special events, and activities for all agesas well as four stages filled with games, shows, live music, a baby show, pig races, pony rides and performers of all sorts add up to fun for the whole family. Lawnmower racing is one of several events added in recent years. Our carnival midway is full of exciting rides and contests for all ages. We even have a "kiddie" midway for those young ones among us. If you get hungry, there are plenty of choices from traditional county fair food to more healthy alternatives, even crab cakes!
Pets are not allowed on the grounds during the fair with two exceptions. Service animals are always allowed for those authorized to have them and the participants of the dog and pet shows may bring their animals into the fair for the duration of the event. Once the show is concluded, the animal must be removed from the grounds.
Online Livestock Entries will be accepted until Sunday, August 31st at 11:59 pm. All other online entries will be accepted until Sunday, September 13th at 11:59 pm. Click here for a printable entry formBring all exhibits to the fairgrounds on Wednesday, September 16th, unless otherwise noted in the specific department rules.
Your continuing support allows us to upgrade the fair and its facilities each year and to pay for our annual 4th of July fireworks. We also host many affairs and events during the year such as tool shows, gun shows, hunting expos, fund raisers, lobster feasts, dog shows, tractor pulls, and family reunions.
Fair Satellite Parking in La Plata available Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the fair!General parking is available on the fairgrounds. However, we strongly recommend using our satellite parking lot at the Charles County Courthouse and Government Building parking lot in La Plata and take a shuttle bus to the fair!
Shuttle bus users will receive a coupon for $1 off normal admission price!
TheCharlesCountyFair,Inc.isanon-profit 501(c)(3) organization and is NOT affilated with the Charles County Government or any other official agency.
Fairground Fire Damage and Recovery InformationOn April 2, 2013, we suffered through a major fire on the fairgrounds which caused severe damage to several of our livestock buildings. Find more about about the fire,our recovery efforts and how YOU can help us by buying “Dedication Bricks”.
Shuttle buses run from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday and 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Sunday every 15 to 30 minutes.
I am writing this announcement to the citizens of Charles County and to the supporters of the Charles County Fair that we will not be having our fire works display this year on July 4th, 2015. As with many well run businesses and organizations, decisions have to be made, some easier than others. With the devastation of the fire of 2013 and the efforts of rebuilding the new livestock show ring and facilities, we have chosen to budget most of our funds to paying down the debt which is associated with this rebuilding. With continued fund raising, we hope to resume being able to give Charles County a free display of colorful fire works in 2016 and many years to come after that. Our new facility is finally complete and our grounds are open and available for rent for functions and gatherings. If anyone is interested in renting any or all of our facilities or if you’re interested in making a tax deductible donation to our Fire Fund or Brick Promotion, please contact the Fair Office. Please contact the Fair Office at 301 932-1234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.We look forward to seeing everyone at the Charles County Fair, September 17th-20th, 2015This letter was written by Charles G. Gardiner, Sr., President, Charles County Fair and approved for publication by the Board of Directors – approved 2/23/15
Announcement From Our President Concerning Our July 4th Fireworks for 2015