THUMBS UP: The 123rd annual Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair begins today and runs through Aug. 8. It’s always one of our favorite events, known for a concert, a demolition derby, a rodeo, a cake auction and numerous other shows and promotions as well as good food that brings thousands to the Carroll County Agriculture Center each year. None of those will happen this year, of course, as crowds everywhere have been significantly restricted in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In the case of the fair, that means the public isn’t allowed in. A typical fair draws 50,000 people per week to the Ag Center grounds, said Jim Weishaar, chair of the fair board. Still, while the only spectators will be family of participating kids, at least the show will go on and their hard work and talents will be showcased. The livestock sale, set for Friday, Aug. 7 at 5:30 p.m., will be the only part of the fair that’s open to the public, in a modified way. Some buyers will be able to preregister to attend in person and others can do so virtually. Let’s hope the fair gets back to normal next year. In the meantime, for those who would still like to support the fair, donations can be made by the fair staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 410-848-3247.