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Worcester County Fair at Byrd Park in SH this wknd.

(Aug. 6, 2015) The Worcester County Fair returns this weekend with a wide-range of activities for the entire family including a dozen contests for children, livestock shows, cake auction, a car show and free admission in Snow Hill.
Thousands of people attend the annual fair each year with more than 30 craft and food vendors as well as educational and nonprofit vendors.
“This fair is special because it is an old-fashioned country fair located on 12-shaded acres at Byrd Park in Snow Hill along the beautiful Pocomoke River,” said Susan Todd, Worcester County Fair board member, fundraising and publicity chairman. “Where nowadays, can you take your family to a place with free admission and free parking?”
A county staple for about 50 years, the fair kicks off tomorrow, Friday, and continues through Sunday.
Festivities begin with Youth STEM activities from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. followed by Worcester Celebrates Safe Kids Day at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., which are two programs full of educational information for children.  
Kids can check out hands-on activities from the University of Maryland’s extension 4-H club including straw rockets, hovercrafts and stop rockets during the STEM activities. More than a dozen area vendors will be in attendance to teach children about safety with seatbelts, bicycles, the sun and electricity during Worcester Celebrates Safe Kids Day.
“Various civic, law enforcement and county agencies will be on hand with free hand-outs for the kids and information for parents,” Todd said.
Livestock judging begins at noon with more than 100 sheep, rabbits, swine and cows present for viewing on the fairgrounds.
A new activity at the fair this year, Kid’s Mud Bog, is sure to become a favorite with participants 3-years-old and up racing 12-volt power wheels around a track. Participants are encouraged to bring their own helmets and must be less than 60 pounds.
“Sponsors bought the Power Wheels and donated them to the Fair to be used year after year,” Todd said. “What kid doesn’t like to race and to get dirty?”
The Kid’s Mud Bog will take place Friday and Saturday from 2:30-4:30 p.m. and Sunday 12-2 p.m.
In addition, children have the option to participate in sand art for a small fee on Friday and Saturday from 2-6 p.m. or on Sunday from 2-4 p.m.
At 6:30 p.m., bidding starts at the benefit auction highlighted by the fair’s prize-winning cakes, helping offset the costs of putting on the event, Todd said.
“This is a big event and one of the most popular,” Todd added.
A children’s talent show takes place at 7 p.m., where all different types of amateur entertainment compete for cash prizes with the fairgrounds closing at 8 p.m.
The fun begins again Saturday with a new event for dog lovers, the FastFetch Cup (Delmarva Unleashed). The fetch competition with a timed component is open to all dogs with two categories. The small dog category is for pooches 35 pounds and smaller. The large dog category is for canines 35 pounds and larger.
The FastFetch Cup will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. on Saturday with the top two winners from each heat invited to compete in a finals competition, taking place Oct. 3 at Frontier Town in West Ocean City.
To register, stop by the Delmarva Unleashed booth or online at
In addition, the fair opens up Saturday to a country costume parade beginning at 10:30 a.m. where adults, kids and leashed pets are invited to dress up in their favorite country attire and walk the paved circle of Byrd Park.
The annual Classic Car and Truck show takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature more than 50 vehicles.
“It is one of the most popular draws of the fair,” Todd said. “Come out and pick your favorite! Fair exhibitors, especially children, are asked to judge the vehicles on display in various categories and prizes are awarded accordingly.”
All afternoon, children can participate in various activities such a limbo contest, tug of war against their parents, egg toss, sack race, a watermelon-eating contest, pedal tractors, pie-eating contest, a dodge ball game and hula hoop contest.
Make sure to keep eyes open for costumed characters walking around the fairgrounds from noon to 2 p.m. including photo opportunities with Elsa and Anna from Frozen.
Livestock judging continues throughout the day with goat and swine shows. Then at night, an adult talent show takes place at 6 p.m. before the fair closes at 8 p.m.
On Sunday, the Worcester County Fair opens at 10:30 a.m. with a church service by the Bayside Community Church followed by the Kids Mud Bog at noon and an hour of live music from Country Crossroads at 12:30 p.m.
There will be a Breyer horse show at 12:30 p.m. and a motorcycle show, taking place from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
“Motorcycles are another popular event where bikers ride in on new, classic and antique bikes that everyone enjoys,” Todd said.
A “slow and go” motorcycle race will be held in conjunction with the motorcycle show beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday. Registration will take place prior to the race for $5 with awards for best in show, best sport bike, best cruiser, best paint job and best modification. An awards ceremony will follow at 3:30 p.m.
Another first at the Worcester County Fair is a pet fashion revue taking place on Sunday at 2 p.m., where local models pair up with adoptable pets from the Worcester County Humane Society and are encouraged to make accessories to match such as a bandanna or headband. An adult must accompany children.
Riverboat cruises and pony rides will be offered during the weekend for a small fee.
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To get to the fair from Ocean City, take Route 50 or 90 to Route 113. Follow 113 into Snow Hill and at Market Street (Route 113 business), go through town to Byrd Park on the right. Admission and parking are free for the event.