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 358 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!
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, gospel events, 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 lower 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!
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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.
All inquiries about fair entries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.orgOnline Livestock Entries will be accepted until Wednesday, August 31st at 11:59 pm. All other online entries will be accepted until Sunday, September 11th at 11:59 pm. Click here for a printable entry formBring all exhibits to the fairgrounds on Wednesday, September 14th, unless otherwise noted in the specific department rules.