The 61st Howard County Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 5-12 at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship. The fair features agricultural and commercial exhibits, music, contests, midway rides and parades.
The Miss Howard County Farm Bureau Contest will be held Aug. 6. The farm queen will represent the county at the Maryland Farm Bureau Contest, held at the Maryland State Fair.
Animal entries of 4-H projects will range from fancy and egg-production poultry to goats, sheep, rabbits, horses, pigs and dairy and beef cattle. A "Grand Champion Steer" and about 49 other prize-winning market steers will be offered for sale Aug. 11 at the 43rd 4-H livestock sale. A sale of small and medium-size animals will begin the auction.
Indoor exhibits will include arts, baked goods, clothing, creative writing, crafts, home environment, photography and woodworking. Home arts will include baking, food preservation and table-setting contests. Apple pies from the baking contest will be auctioned; proceeds will go to the Howard County branch of the American Cancer Society.
A farmers' market is planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 12.
Information: 410-442-1022. Or www.howardcountyfair.com.
Graduates -- Army Pvt. John Sung, son of James Sung of Cooksville, has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. Training included drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid and Army history, core values and traditions. Development of basic combat skills and experience with battlefield operations, tactics and weapons were also included.
Graduates -- Army Reserve Pvt. Christopher D. Day, whose wife, Arielle, is the daughter of Daniel Gambino of Mount Airy, has graduated from the Light-Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
Summer camps -- Marriotts Ridge High School is accepting registration for its Mustang Boosters Club Summer Camp, which offers athletic programs throughout the summer for children in grades three through eight. Activities will include lacrosse, softball, baseball, football, basketball, tennis, soccer, volleyball and field hockey. The cost is $125 a camp, including a camp shirt or reversible practice jersey and camp awards and certificates. Ken Hovet, 410-531-0577.
Get fit -- Clinton James, a certified personal trainer, is offering two four-week sessions of a summer youth fitness training for ages 10 to 13. The classes will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Mondays and Thursdays at Triumph Fitness Center, off Carrs Mill Road. The cost is $48 for four weeks of classes for members' children and $64 for nonmembers. 443-745-1168.
At the library -- The Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville, will hold a meeting of its Mother-Daughter Book Club, for girls ages 11 to 17 and their mothers, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. The group will discuss Witch Child by Celia Rees. Registration is not required. Copies of the books are available at the branch. 410-313-5577.
Open house -- Bridge of Light Healing LLC has begun a "Healing With Horses" program at Moon Rising Farm in Boyds. The program will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine. Visitors can meet the horses, see demonstrations and hear about the use of horses in healing and personal development. Programs for individuals, families and children ages 12 to 18 will be presented. Refreshments will be served. The farm is at 21800 Slidell Road. 301-335-2340, or www. bridgeoflight.us.
Ice cream -- River Hill Community Association will sponsor "It's Summer," an evening of ice cream and a free concert in the village center courtyard, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 21. Anyone who presents an "It's Summer" coupon will receive a free ice cream sundae. Tickets for both events and coupons are available at Claret Hall, 6020 Daybreak Circle. Lystra Braddy Harper, 410- 531-1749.
Crafts for teens -- The Glenwood library will offer two hands-on programs for teens:
"Bead It!" -- a workshop in creating jewelry, hair gear and bookmarks using beads, hemp cord and string will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. July 19. Materials will be provided. Registration is required.
An informal social group for knitters will meet at the library at 7 p.m. July 27. Take your own supplies; instruction is not provided. Registration is not required.
"Decorating 101," a workshop on projects to give spaces a personal flair, will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 29. Materials will be provided. Registration begins Saturday. 410-313-5577.
New group -- La Leche League of Western Howard County, a support group for breastfeeding mothers, will meet 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. The group is being formed and will hold its first meeting Aug. 9. A meeting place is to be determined. The volunteer nonprofit organization offers support, and leaders are available to answer questions. There is no charge. Jennifer Sugar, 410-864-8080 or Jolene Mosley, 410-905-5208.