Fair week ahead at Timonium


It seems as though every day is a holiday at the Maryland State Fair. Today, the Timonium site features seafood, horse racing and Nashville music. Not to mention the rides, exhibits and livestock shows. From early morning till late at night, Timonium is the place to be this week.

If you like carnivals, the Midway offers a potpourri of 30 rides, games and food stands. The aroma itself is enough to whip up an appetite. If you appreciate farm animals, the Cow Palace is the place for you. If you love to watch show horses, stop by the Horse Show Ring. And if you like to put a two-spot down on the ponies, stroll over to the race track.

Like live entertainment? There's rock and roll, country, the Chorus of the Chesapeake and plenty of dancing, be it modern or square. Want to test your judgment? Participate in the popular "Trial by Jury" demonstrations. Want to gain fame and glory? Audition for Ed McMahon's "Star Search" talent show. It's hard to be bored at the fair.

The activity continues through Labor Day, but it's best to avoid the huge crowds that always flock to Timonium over the extended weekend. So you might want to make plans for a weekday trip to the fair. Ticket prices remain among the best value bargains you can find -- only $3 for adults and nothing for kids under 12. That includes admission to the race track, too.

You can also treat your family to a ride on the region's new Central Light Rail Line. This would ease your parking concerns. The ride north from the city to the fairgrounds is an eye-opener, since the tracks take you through the old mill towns of the Jones Falls Valley, the tranquillity of Lake Roland and Ruxton and the new commercial activities near Timonium.

Light-rail and the fair seem a natural duo. But no matter how you arrive, don't miss the fair. It could be your last big fling of the summer.

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