The Howard County Fair is held annually on sprawling, modern fairgrounds in West Friendship. This year's fair, which opens Saturday, will offer 10,000 exhibits, 150 cattle, 400 dairy livestock and more than 1,000 other animals. The entire production is the result of more than 1,000 workers pulling it together. All of this is in stark contrast to the fair's beginnings 70 years ago. For the first seven years of its existence, the fair bounced between three different locations, including one in Laurel.