Howard County Fair

Chair swing ride at the Howard County Fair in West Friendship, MD on Tuesday, August 9, 2011. (Jen Rynda, Patuxent Publishing / August 9, 2011)

The 66th annual Howard County Fair is a wrap — and the weeklong event, which ended Aug. 13, was as American as apple pie. Or cherry pie, in Ken Langer's case.

Langer, who won the pie-eating contest in the 18 and older age division this year, said that his favorite pie is blueberry, but he prefers to eat cherry pie for competitions because he can scarf it down faster.

Plus, he doesn't want to ruin his favorite flavor.

This year's fair, attended by an estimated 100,000 people by fair officials, was chock full of flavors, sights and sounds.

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Fairgoers strolled down the midway with ice cream, hot dogs and fried treats. Kids whizzed by on flying swings, roller coasters and the Ferris wheel. Livestock moo-ed, baa-ed, oinked and neighed in their pens.

There was square dancing, cow milking, tractor pulling and, of course, the coon mule jump.

Katie Loveless, of Woodbine, took the title of Miss Howard County Farm Bureau this year, and Ellie Feaga, of Woodbine, was crowned Little Miss Howard County Farm Bureau.