In its long and colorful history, the Maryland State Fair has grown from 37 acres to over 100 acres. Because of a commitment to continually improve and expand the event, Fair organizers found that they could no longer squeeze in more entertainment and attractions in what had become the traditional 10-day run. Thus, in 1999, the Fair added a day, making the Fair an 11-day event. Since then, the Fair has continued to answer the challenge of staying on top with an ever-evolving array of competitions, events, and attractions that have drawn more and more visitors without losing sight of the mission that had guided the event’s course since 1879: to encourage the educational growth of youth (among them 4-H and Future Farmers of America) by providing a venue where they can showcase their skills; and, to educate the general public regarding agriculture, its related fields and its importance to our future.
The Fair never forgets that exhibitors are at the heart of the event. One improvement not only helps the Fair change with the times, it also makes life easier for thousands of adult and youth exhibitors who bring their entries every year. In 2003, technological advances helped the Fair replace its paper Premium Catalogs in favor of an online entry system. Exhibitors could now go to www.marylandstatefair.com and enter their exhibits with a few clicks.
If history is evidence, the Maryland State Fair will continue to grow, to change when necessary, to uphold tradition when possible, and to provide Marylanders with a place to play, learn, and make memories and friends.
The nearly half-million visitors each year attest to what has become a favorite summer tradition - The 11 Best Days of Summer - The Maryland State Fair.