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The Maryland State Fair revives the Grand Parade, a treasured tradition from its past

The Maryland State Fair revives the Grand Parade, a treasured tradition from its past

When the 135th Maryland State Fair revives it Grand Parade this weekend after a 35-year absence, Marvin and Libby Fox will be celebrating more than marching past the grandstand at the Timonium fairgrounds.

After all, the Parkville couple met during the parade 57 years ago and were married three years later.

At the time of their first meeting, Libby Weber, whose family owns Weber's Cider Mill Farm, in Parkville, was a member of the Cub Hill Girls 4-H Club, and had a friend in the Chestnut Ridge 4-H club.

In those days, the Grand Parade was both a showcase for, and celebration of, the accomplishments and goals of 4-H.

At the 1959 parade, while chatting with a friend,...

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