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Canadian recording artist Carly Rae Jepsen tosses a baseball before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a Baltimore Orioles game in Baltimore in April. Jepsen is returning to the region to perform at the Maryland State Fair Aug. 25.
Canadian recording artist Carly Rae Jepsen tosses a baseball before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a Baltimore Orioles game in Baltimore in April. Jepsen is returning to the region to perform at the Maryland State Fair Aug. 25. (AP FILE PHOTO , Carroll County Times)

While the Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair has wrapped up, fair season has just gotten started in Maryland.

Just ask Andy Cashman.

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Cashman, the livestock superintendent at the 4-H Fair, is the Assistant General Manager for the Maryland State Fair, which is scheduled to begin Aug. 23. This year's Maryland State Fair runs Aug. 23-Sept. 2 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds at 2200 York Road in Timonium.

This week, the Howard County Fair runs through Saturday. The Great Frederick Fair and the York Fair return in September, with several concerts scheduled.

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Performers include country music standout Alan Jackson at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the York Fair and The Beach Boys at 7:30 p.m. Sept 20 at The Great Frederick Fair.

The Great Frederick Fair is from Sept. 13-21. The York Fair is from Sept. 6-15.

It's a busy month for Cashman, who will continue prepping for the Maryland State Fair this week. He discussed with the

Times

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what to look forward to at the Maryland State Fair and his thoughts on this year's 4-H Fair.

Q: So what do we have to look forward to concert-wise this year at the Maryland State Fair, and are tickets still available?

A:

Yep. Tickets are still available. We have Carly Rae Jepsen with The Wanted [at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25], we have Fall Out Boy [at 7:30 p.m Aug. 29] and we have Three Days Grace [at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1]. If you go to

, you can get a link to buy tickets.

Q: What other unique events can we expect?

A:

We have the Sinbad Diving Show [3:30-4 p.m. and 7:30-8 p.m. daily]. We had that years ago. They dive into a small above-ground swimming pool. I think it's maybe 90 feet [how far they jump]. It's amazing how far they jump into these pools of water.

Q: Anything else?

A:

There is a guy named Bobby Brantley. Most people won't recognize him by his last name, but he's with "Lizard Lick Towing" [show that airs on truTV]. He's going to be at the fair all week.

Q: It was a fantastic crowd turnout at the 4-H Fair with the great weather. Hoping for the same for the Maryland State Fair?

A:

You couldn't have asked for a better week, a better fair. The people in the community have really come out and supported it. It's been wonderful.

Q: How much did the fair wind up raising during its cancer drive?

A:

That looks pretty promising. They have raised a lot of money. I think they were very close to $15,000. I haven't been there every night, but they have really done well. Our goal was to raise $10,000, and we passed that really quick.

Q: I imagine a lot of the folks at the 4-H Fair this week will be making appearances

A:

I'm sure we'll see many of the same indoor entries. Certainly, some of the animals will be down here. Carroll County does really well at the Maryland State Fair. During the years I've been here, they have been really successful.

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