Donna G. Myers, board president for the Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society
Donna G. Myers, board president for the Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society (Courtesy)

The Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society Inc. has elected its first female board of directors president in its 139-year history.

Donna G. Myers, a Carroll County dairy farmer, has served on board committees for the agricultural society for 17 years and most recently was the board’s treasurer. As president, Myers will work with the board and staff to ensure the 137th Maryland State Fair is a “must-see event for all Marylanders,” she said.


“The Maryland State Fair is unique in that it offers diverse opportunities for all members of families, both young and old,” Myers said in a statement.

The first fair was held in 1879. The four-day event was organized by farmers to promote agriculture and horse racing in Baltimore County.

The annual event was temporarily suspended during World War II, when the Army used the Timonium fairgrounds for storage and vehicle repairs.

Now a 12-day event that annually draws 500,000 visitors, the fair features rides, games, entertainment and educational competitions, in addition to livestock exhibits and horse races.

Myers’ family has participated in the fair for five generations.

In addition to her work with the agricultural society, Myers has held leadership positions with the Maryland Agriculture Council, Maryland State Fair 4-H, and Maryland Holstein Association, among others. She was named 2011 National Dairy Woman of the Year by World Dairy Expo.

The agricultural society also named Gerry L. Brewster chairman. F. Grove Miller, who has served as chairman for the past 40 years, was elected chairman emeritus.