Anne Arundel County Fair Promises A Fun Time For All

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For the 63rd consecutive year, county residents will be treated to the eclectic offerings and entertainment of the Anne Arundel County Fair. Held at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville, the 2015 rendition will begin on Wednesday, September 16, and continue through Sunday, September 20.

Many favorite activities will return, including some that fairgoers haven’t seen for several years, such as the much-requested beer and wine garden. “We are very excited this year because the fair will have a beer and wine garden for the first time in 30 years,” said Sharon Gertz, county fair manager. “We realize the public wants this service, so we are going to provide it.”

Over the past 31 years, since moving to the county fairgrounds from Sandy State Point Park in Annapolis, the fair has not allowed alcohol sales. For several years, according to Gertz, post-fair surveys came back with the public’s request for the sale and consumption of alcohol.

Guests will have their pick from a variety of beers along with Copa Di Vino wine. Maybe best known for its appearance on ABC's “Shark Tank,” Copa Di Vino wine comes in a unique and freshly sealed individualized container, with several flavors to choose from.

“They're doing amazing,” Denise White, the entertainment chairperson for the fair, said of Copa Di Vino. “I think that's kind of cool that we're having [them].”

There will be numerous attractions all across the fairgrounds to keep attendees entertained throughout their stay. Children will be able to take a ride on a camel while visiting the exotic animal petting zoo, which is back by popular demand. Young attendees can also participate in a children's tug-of-war competition or visit with some of their favorite local mascots. Louie from the Bowie Baysox, the Oriole Bird and Poe from the Baltimore Ravens will all be in attendance for the fair. This year they will also be joined by Olaf from “Frozen.”

"I try to look at things through a child's perspective and [for] what they want to do," said Lacy Chenoweth, the vendor manager for the fair.

A mechanical bull, moon bounce and rock wall will also be available to the public. The fair will feature three different stages across the grounds, with a number of different musical and entertainment acts on display throughout the course of the fair.

Saturday evening's feature performer will be New Odessy, a three-person musical group that performs with 30 different musical instruments. Sunday will offer guests a very special opportunity, as they can take part in the Center Ring Circus School. Participants can learn such talents as juggling and spinning a plate on a stick.

Tickets will be available upon entry to the fairgrounds. General admission will be $7; for children ages 6 to 15, admission will be $5; and those under 5 are free.

The Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds are located at 1450 Generals Highway in Crownsville. For additional information regarding the Anne Arundel County Fair or to see a complete list of the events and entertainers scheduled, visit www.aacountyfair.org.

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