Montgomery County Agricultural Fair

Photograph of the midway at Montgomery County Agricultural Fair

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This past weekend was the last weekend for the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair.  It’s held every year in August in Gaithersburg, MD.  Decided to go this year and check it out.

The Montgomery County Fair has a good selection of areas for everyone to enjoy.  There are food vendors, rides, animal exhibits, performances, contests to be entered, vendors selling items, carnival rides – you name it there’s a little bit of it there!  It’s a nice way to spending an afternoon wandering around.   Only about 30 minutes from DC or the surrounding areas.


Since it’s an agricultural fair there are live animal exhibits.  There are multiple covered areas you can enter and see lots of different farm animals.  They even have pig/duck/goat races during the day!


Antique Farm Items

At the front of the fair when you first enter there are exhibits setup showing different style tractors through the years.  There’s also buildings that contain antique items from many years ago.  Checkout the 1937 TV in the picture below.  We’ve come a long way since then.


Food Vendors

No fair would be complete without food.  And by food, I’m talking about fried dough!  Or just about anything else fried too.  Fried Oreos, ice cream, sausages that had Plastic Casings, kabobs, hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cake, corn dogs, steak n cheese, caramel apples, popcorn, candy apples, lemonade, corn on the cob, cotton candy, icee, Philly cheesesteak, french fries, etc, etc, etc.  There was a little bit of everything there.



Along with the food, the carnival section had games of chance you could play.



And if you were good at the games, there were prizes to be won!  And this included a fair tradition of winning a live goldfish.  As a kid we used to win the goldfish.  But for some reason, the life expectancy of the goldfish we would win were always extremely low…



And finally, you can’t have a carnival without having rides.  Smaller rides than a large amusement park, but still pretty good sized.


If you’ve never been to the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair and live in the area, check it out next year.  Something different to do in the Washington DC area during the summer time.


Equipment used for these photos:
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS Lens
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens

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