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 356 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. This year, we have added a rodeo competition. 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 10th, 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, 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!
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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”. Look for our new buildings at the 2014 Charles County Fair!
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.
Congratulations to our new 2014 Fair Queen and her court: Queen Nicotina LXXIX: Nicole Lusk - Hotshots 4-H ClubFirst runner-up: Maria Estevez - Charles County 4-H Rabbit Club Second runner-up: Katherine Polk - Assoc.of SoMD Beekeepers