Fair on a Budget

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

Frugal Fairgoer Guide - CLICK HERE

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

Tickets are $12 online and $15 at the gate. 

Senior Day Brought to you by Holy Cross Germantown Hospital
Tuesday, August 17 – Free admission for ages 62 and over from 10 am to 5 pm

Military Day
Thursday, August 19 – Free admission all day for active military in uniform or with a valid military ID from 10 am to 5 pm

Group rates are available for 15 people or more - tickets are $9 per general admission ticket. Advance ticket sales for group rates are available at the Fair Office through August 13.  Group tickets must be purchased in one single transaction and picked up prior to the first day of Fair. 

Ride Discounts

Friday, August 13 – One-day ride wristbands will cost $20.00, from 3 pm to midnight only.

One-day ride wristband, available online only, through August 14 at midnight for $20.00. (Does not include Fair admission fee).

Monday, August 16 & Wednesday, August 18 – Family Day Ride Special
On Monday and Wednesday ONLY one-day ride wristbands will cost $20.00 starting at noon and ending at 5 pm, you may ride until 11pm. Ride all rides but the Air Raid. Ride wrsitbands WILL be placed on wrist at time of purchase. Absolutely no exceptions. ***CARNIVAL ONLY ACCEPTS CASH***

Free Entertainment

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

  • Agricadabra Presents Healthy Eating of Ag - A fun educational act that will have you laughing and learning at the same time! Located on the PEPCO, an Exelon Company Community Stage!

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

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

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

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

  • Extreme Illusions & Escapes - Be sure to swing by the PEPCO, an Exelon Company Community Stage for amazing stage illusions, skillful escapes, audience participation and exciting music!

  • Pirates of the Colombian Carribbean - Features nonstop Pirate action from start to finish, adventure, and thrills right before your eyes as pirates sword fight, rope slide, and perform other stunts on the High Wire 20 feet in the air on top of a giant 60' Pirate Ship! Located on the Upper Grounds.

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

  • Max Power - Keep an eye out for the 9 foot tall MAX Power & his monster truck Nitro! MAX walks, talks, dances, and more! Be sure to get your photo with MAX as he strolls around the Fairgrounds.

  • Show-Me Swine Racers - Don't miss these adorable racing pigs brought to you by Grant County Mulch! Located near the PEPCO, an Exelon Company Community Stage!


Animal exhibits in Old MacDonald’s Barn are open each day beginning at 3pm Friday, August 13th.

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

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


There are many contests you may participate in for free, such as:

  • All of our Social Media Contests
  • Flower Arranging
  • Toilet Decorating Sponsored by Stang Plumbing
  • Cheese Carving
  • You Be The Judge
  • Project G Street Sponsored by G Street Fabrics
  • Coloring Contest

Be sure to check out all the details in our Fair Catalog

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*

  • Wash FM
  • Montgomery County Public Schools Department of Transportation
  • Sundance Vacations
  • WPGC
  • Landscape Enterprises
  • Lakeforest Mall
  • Hot 995
  • Rippeon Equipment Company
  • ABC 7
  • Guardian Fire Protection Services
  • County Cable Montgomery
  • Ernest Maier
  • WTOP
  • El Zol
  • SmartBox
  • DEL Landscaping
  • Harmony Express
  • Professional Bull Riders
  • 270 Net Technologies
  • Capital Fence
  • Xfinity
  • Montgomery Magazine
  • Fast Signs
  • T-Mobile
  • fios
  • Grant County Mulch
  • DC 101
  • Pepco an Exelon Company
  • Burdette Brothers
  • Stang Plumbing & Heating
  • Barrons Lumber
  • Popsicle Fruit Pops
  • WFRE
  • DCW 50
  • The Grey Goose Farm
  • Twin Valley Distillers
  • Butler's Orchard
  • Gladhill Tractor
  • Garber
  • United Service Specialist
  • Vacation Village Resorts and Affiliates