Harford County's annual Farm Fair will be far from the only game in town for Harford residents during the moth of August, when multiple festivals are scheduled around the county during the first two weeks of the month.
The 27th Annual Harford County Farm Fair began Thursday and runs through Sunday evening.
People can visit the Harford County Equestrian Center just north of Bel Air and take in a variety of attractions, including carnival rides, midway games, children's activities, live music, a truck and tractor pull and agricultural exhibitions of livestock and produce.
A new attraction this year is the rodeo, scheduled for Sunday; it includes bull riding, mutton, or sheep, busting and barrel racing.
The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today (Friday) and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. More information can be found at http://www.farmfair.org/.
Admission is $8 per ticket for adults and $4 for children ages 4 to 11; children 4 and under can get in for free. Admission for members of the military who have ID is $5.
The St. Mary's Peach Festival is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Abingdon.
Visitors can sample peaches from Susquehanna Orchards, as well as baked goods made with those peaches by members of St. Mary's.
Forty vendors and craft sellers will also be available, as well as food, drinks, tours of St. Mary's Church and children's activities.
The church is at 1 St. Marys Church Road.
Seafood, BBQ festivals
The 34th annual Havre de Grace Seafood Festival and the 13th annual Maryland State BBQ Bash in downtown Bel Air both kick off next Friday, Aug. 8.
Harford residents and visitors can either head to the county seat to take in their fill of barbecued meats and hot sauce, or they can head east to take in a variety of seafood and live music.
"We are the longest and oldest continuously-running seafood festival in the state of Maryland," seafood festival organizer Lori Maslin said Monday.
Maslin said 35,000 to 45,000 people typically attend the three-day seafood festival, which will be held in Millard Tydings Memorial Park.
Visitors can sample food from 32 vendors, view products from 120 arts and craft vendors, enter a charity raffle and silent auction and take in a classic car show.
The festival typically opens with a concert by a national recording act, and this year is no exception, with classic rock band Three Dog Night headlining the Friday show in the swale of the Yacht Basin, Maslin said.
The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. with opening performances from Baltimore School of Rock and Mallary Hope. Three Dog Night will be the main act.
"Three Dog Night has sold extremely well," Maslin said.