11 ways to enjoy the '11 best days of summer' at Maryland State Fair [Pictures]
Get ready for the "11 best days summer," as the Maryland State Fair continues a tradition that dates back well over a century. More than half a million visitors check out the fair annually, and if you've been one of them, you know what to expect. But for all of you first-timers, or for those who are unsure of the best approach to ensure a good time at the fair, here are 11 suggestions for enjoying the 11 best days of summer at the Maryland State Fair. The fair runs Aug. 24 through Sept. 3 in Timonium. -- Chris Kaltenbach
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Enjoy live music
It costs a little extra, but the state fair's general admission concerts are always a highlight of the 11-day celebration. A couple years back, organizers even got Justin Bieber to play the fair. This year's concert schedule starts off with the Grammy-nominated Christian pop band Newsboys (pictured), joined by The Afters. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28. Tickets are $24. As always, all seats are general admission, so get to the racetrack infield early for the best seats.