Fair on a Budget

At the Fair there is FUN to be had for everyone and for every budget!

Frugal Fairgoer Guide

FREE Parking

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One mile away we have FREE parking at Lakeforest Mall.  There is a shuttle (Yellow School Bus) that will run all day to and from the Fairgrounds. Located at Lost Knife Rd. and Odenhal Ave.

Admission Discounts

BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE TO SAVE $2

Tickets are $10 online and $12 at the gate.  There is NO processing fee for online orders!

Senior Day Brought to you by Holy Cross Germantown Hospital
Tuesday, August 15 – Free admission for ages 62 and over from 10 am to 5 pm

Military Day
Thursday, August 17 – Free admission all day for active military in uniform or with a valid military ID.

Group rates are available for 15 people or more - tickets are $7 per general admission ticket. Advance ticket sales for group rates are available at the Fair Office through August 11.  Group tickets must be purchased in one single transaction and picked up prior to the first day of Fair. 

Ride Discounts

Friday, August 11 – One-day ride Megapass wristbands will cost $15.00, from 3 pm to midnight only.

One-day ride Megapass wristband, available online only, through August 12 at midnight for $20.00. (Does not include Fair admission fee).

Monday, August 14 & Wednesday, August 16 – Family Day Ride Special
On Monday and Wednesday ONLY one-day ride Megapass wristbands will cost $15.00 starting at noon and ending at 5 pm, you may ride until midnight. Ride all rides but Speed. Ride wrsitbands WILL be placed on wrist at time of purchase. Absolutely no exceptions.

Free Entertainment

We provide fun for everyone!  Check out the Free Entertainment page for full descriptions.

  • Chainsaw Carver - Watch one of these carvers turn a huge log into a beautiful sculpture in Farmer's Triangle!

  • Carrie McQueen - Our wonderful stilt walker!  Be on the lookout for her roaming the grounds at the Fair!

  • Comedy Hypnotist - Brad Matchett puts on a hilarious show each night at the Fair on the PEPCO Community Stage - don't miss it!

  • Fast Action Motorsports - Race fast cars against your friends and other Fairgoers on the Upper Grounds! 

  • Hogway Speedway - Don't miss these adorable racing pigs and goats brought to you by Grant County Mulch! Located near the PEPCO Community Stage!

  • Agricadabra - A fun educational act that will have you laughing and learning at the same time! Located on the PEPCO Community Stage!

  • Raptors Up Close - Come see these birds of prey up close and learn all about them! Located on the PEPCO Community Stage and on the Upper Grounds!

  • Barn Yard Review - Come experience this fun family variety show in the Buffalo Wild Wings KidZone!

  • Magic & Illusions of John Steven Bloom - Be sure to swing by the PEPCO Community Stage for a special blend of magic, humor and family entertainment!

  • Animal Alley - Come experience live native and exotic animals in a wide range of species and sizes, from the smaller lizards and snakes to the larger mammals on the Upper Grounds!

Animals

Animal exhibits in Old MacDonald’s Barn are open each day beginning at 3pm Friday, August 11th.

The Barns display all types and breeds of various animals, such as:

  • Cows
  • Goats
  • Horses
  • Pigs
  • Poultry
  • Rabbits
  • Sheep
  • Alpaca
  • and sometimes babies too!

Contests

There are many contests you may participate in for free or with a low entry fee, such as:

  • All of our Social Media Contests
  • Flower Arranging
  • Veggie Races Sponsored by Butler's Orchard
  • Toilet Decorating Sponsored by Stang Plumbing
  • Cheese Carving
  • You Be The Judge
  • Project G Street Sponsored by G Street Fabrics
  • Coloring
  • Christmas Tree Decorating

Shows, Displays, and Demonstrations

There is an abundance of 4-H, livestock, and exhibits on display at the Fair.  Be sure to visit the Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center Mooo-ternity Ward & Milking Parlor!

  • Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center Mooo-ternity Ward – You can check-in frequently to see if a calf is on its way or taking its first steps. You will be able to view the pregnant cows and those that are a few days old with their mothers all day long. 
  • The Milking Parlor – where you can Milk a Cow by hand for $1, on various days and times. This is an excellent educational experience that demonstrates where our milk comes from.

The Fair has many interesting displays and demonstrations, such as:

  • Home Arts in Bldg. #6 – Here you can see baked goods, quilts, sewing projects, etc.
  • 4-H in Bldg. #6 – Where you can see the 4-H projects ranging from Farm & Garden to art projects.
  • Arts & Crafts in Bldg. #3 – Entries of all ages are displayed where you can view the community’s works of art. 
  • Photography in Bldg. #3 – Entries of all ages are displayed where you can view the community’s photographs.
  • Farm & Garden in Bldg. #2 – Here you can see fresh vegetables, honey, flowers, and more!
  • Old Timers in Bldg. #2 – Provides a look back at true craftsmanship!  Wood working, canning, and more can be seen!

Please see each building for demonstration schedule.

Animal shows are held in our Cattle, Swine, and Sheep & Goat Pavilions on various days and times.*

Horse events are held in the Horse Arena on various days and times*

  • Valpak
  • Stang Plumbing & Heating
  • Montgomery Community Media
  • Key 103
  • Lustre Craft
  • Ride On extRa
  • Big 100.3
  • Barrons Lumber
  • Grant County Mulch
  • Landscape Enterprises
  • Kitchen Craft
  • El Zol
  • Wash FM
  • Gladhill Tractor
  • Univision
  • WFRE
  • Cutco
  • Xfinity
  • Capital Fence
  • WMZQ
  • Roy Rogers
  • Mattress Firm
  • Hot 995
  • WKYS
  • Ernest Maier
  • Holy Cross Health
  • Sundance Vacations
  • WPGC
  • Pepco an Exelon Company
  • The Eagle
  • United Service Specialist
  • DC 101
  • Lakeforest Mall
  • Gaithersburg Equipment
  • 94.7 Fresh FM
  • Mamma Lucia Restaurant
  • Guardian Fire Protection Services
  • County Cable Montgomery
  • Max Country
  • ABC 7 & News Channel 8
  • DCW 50
  • Harmony Express
  • 270 Net Technologies
  • Berliner Foods
  • Fast Signs
  • Vacation Village Resorts and Affiliates
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Adventist Health Care Shady Grove Medical Center
  • Montgomery Magazine
  • Butler's Orchard
  • The Grey Goose Farm