Maryland State Fair 2009

Last weekend I went back to Pa for the Lark family reunion and let a threat of rain deter me from having a good time. Well, Friday was the first day of the Maryland State Fair in Timonium (which has its own light rail stop).


Once again they forecast a 50% chance of rain, but I wasn’t about to be fooled twice. I put a poncho and baseball cap in my backpack and headed straight for Mt Royal station. I get off the train at the fairgrounds, walk 100 ft to the entrance, pay my admission fee and made my way into the fair.


I get to the midway, far away from the nearest shelter, and it starts pouring with a few intermittent flashes of lightning. I put my poncho and cap on and made my way to the nearest building. I think it was all lottery tickets and state transit agencies with a few kitchen & bath companies strewn in for good measure.


After an hour or so the rain let up enough for me to get to the next building. This place was all quilts, crochet and kids toys made from Popsicle sticks. To be fair, they also had woodwork and photography, but most of the stuff in that building was junk (okay, “prize winning” junk).


I don’t think I have to describe what the animal barns were like. Also, the equine shows continued in the rain, but the pig races did not.


I made it back to the food pavilion in time for the rain to start up again, but at least this place had food (unfortunately, the tables were alfresco).


The rain finally stopped around 3:30pm, and I was able to walk around the midway, overpay for funnel cakes and watch the entertainment (pig races rock!). I even saw a man carve a UM Terrapin with a chainsaw.


At 5pm, I made my way back to the light rail stop. I would have stayed longer, but the ATMs weren’t working.

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