Great Frederick Fair Promises Food, Fun and a Ferris Wheel

Going to the fair is always an event. The people, the sites, the sounds, the food, the rides and games.

And while some apartment renters out in Frederick may not dig the spectacle, this post is for those in the mood to win prizes, for people who like being jostled around in metal carts while suspended in the air, for denizens who love their cotton candy.

For you guys and gals, I give you the Great Frederick Fair, taking place from September 12 to 20 in downtown Frederick from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Tractor pull (Bob Carney via Flickr)

Loud and clear: Truck and tractor pulls (in a variety of classes) will be held at the grandstand on Monday, Sept. 15 and Tuesday, Sept. 16. (Bob Carney via Flickr)

And this is not just any old fair, either. According to organizers, in the past it’s been rated numero uno by the Washington Post Weekend section. One of the state’s largest fairs, this is its 152nd incarnation. That’s a lot of Frederick fun for the whole family. And if you want to see some pub, they’ve got plenty of that, too.

There’s more to do here than you can shake a stick at, and I mean that.

The fair, taking place at Frederick’s massive e-ventplex, offers all kinds of attractions; just click on the fair attractions tab on the top navigation bar to find out which ones you want to see. I have to be honest, the site is hard to use and not put together that well. But as I’ve found out, if you play with it long enough you’ll likely find what you need.

Here is some of what you’ll see at the Great Frederick Fair:

  • All types of animal shows and contests.
  • A carnival. Here are some of the rides scheduled to appear.
  • Harness racing.
  • Horse pulling.
  • A horse- or mule-drawn parade.
  • An antique car parade.
  • A 4H royalty contest.
  • A jousting exhibition.
  • A demolition derby.
  • Live music, including, gulp, Kenny Rogers and Styx … or what’s left of Styx.

Great Frederick Fair
797 East Patrick St., Frederick, Md. 21075

Now, not all the attractions are free (e.g., the carnival rides, Kenny Rogers, demolition derby), but here is a list of ones that are.

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Here is a schedule of events, including times that the fair will be open. For the latest up-to-date information, download their free app. And you can also check out the Great Frederick Fair on Facebook.

Admission to the fair on Friday the 12th is $5 for adults; after Friday, it’s $8. Kids 10 and under always get in free. Click on the above link for military/senior/18-and-under admission specials. Carnival ride tickets are $1.25, but who knows what that’ll get you. It’s kind of sobering to see they sell them in sheets of up to 55 for $51! Yes, you’ll pay to play here. And here are some more promotions.

So come out to the fair and fall in love with Frederick.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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