It's that time again -- here comes the county fair! [West Friendship]

See you at the fair. Those are the words of the week as our community prepares for the 69th annual Howard County Fair.

This signature event of West Friendship will be in place all week from Aug.2 to 9, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. This is the time of year when old friends catch up, politicians hand out leaflets, firefighters spin games of chance, french fries are doled out by the Boosters of Glenelg High School, music is strummed by the likes of John Frank, Miss Howard County Farm Bureau candidates like Jackie Bauer prepare their speech, Howard County organizations far and wide ready their floats for the parade, little ones screech with excitement on the fairway rides and 4-H Club members proudly showcase the projects which they have worked on all year long.

Hare Raisers 4-H summer fill in reporter Rebecca Miller has a lot to say about her fellow 4-H members. Two of the club's college members, Amy Bodine and Kristen Clark, are home for the summer and assisting the younger members of the Hare Raisers with all the county fair activities.

"Dedicated" is the word Miller uses to describe these senior members. Club members Erik and Evan Jacobs spent all of July immersed in county fair preparations. The duo worked with their latest herd of baby rabbits and prepped their show chickens for the fair. Oh, and pigs too. Two piglets joined the farm animal crowd at the Jacobs and just in time for Erik and Evan to ready for showing at the fair this week.

Local 4-H Clubs are among the many Howard County groups who are readying their "secret" floats for the big parade of floats at the fair. Most of the summer is a time of preparation, planning and design, and building of these amazing moving wonders. Don't miss all the excitement during the parade of floats on Aug. 9 at 5 p.m.

Similarly, the crowning of Miss Howard County Farm Bureau is always a thrill and this year is set for Aug. 3 at 3 p.m. in the Show Pavilion.

Senior citizens 62 years of age and older are granted free admission to the fair on Aug. 5.

It's all happening at the county fair this week, but don't forget that something special is also happening at Greenbridge Pottery on Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Becky Moy and all the gang at Greenbridge Pottery are celebrating thirty years of artful country living. The community is invited to come out and enjoy tours of the pottery barns, a nostalgic slide show recounting the early beginnings of Greenbridge and food and music throughout the day.

Mark your calendar for the moving performance of "Les Miserables" produced by the Glyndon Area Players on Aug. 8, 9,14,15 and 16 at 8 p.m., Aug. 9 and 16 at 1 p.m. and Aug. 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. The Glyndon Area Players include many talented students and faculty from our region, including actors from Marriotts Ridge High School, Glenelg High, Notre Dame Prep and employees of the Merritt Athletic Club in Eldersburg.

Local students and alumni from the western end of Howard County include Josh Altenburg, Ben Bott, Kyle Cochran, Orlando Davis, Annalisa Weymouth and Tom Zepp, who is portraying Jean Valjean. For ticket information, go to Performances will be held at the Sacred Heart School Auditorium, 63 Sacred Heart Lane in Glyndon.

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