The festival is designed to present a unique opportunity for the approximately 400,000 State Fair visitors to learn about the great variety of horse activities in the state, see horses in action and learn where they can ride and volunteer. “We are truly thrilled to be working with so many wonderful people from the state’s horse industry,” said Maryland State Fair Assistant General Manager Becky Brashear. “This event is a huge effort and is taking quite a bit of organization to get started. But we think it is going to be a terrific addition to the Fair.”
Fairgoers may trot over to the Racetrack Infield on Tuesday, September 1 and Wednesday, September 2, from 4 PM – 8:30 PM for two evenings of special activities. Horse exhibitions include Clydesdale carriage rides, trick riding and walking horse demonstrations, a polo exhibition match, parade of foxhounds and capped off by a twilight hot air balloon glow.
During the 11-days of the fair, the tented Horse Land, located between the carnival Kiddie Land and the Grandstand, will feature a variety of equine demonstrations, children’s activities, and a pony and donkeys. Youth can make stick horses and be able to race them on a kiddie-size racetrack as well as jump over a small obstacle course. And, an Equicizer will be available for folks to get the feel of riding a horse.
Daily demonstrations include: horseshoeing, horse braiding, grooming and tacking and more. In Maryland’s top horse associations will feature informational booths featuring topics such as therapeutic riding activities, horse rescues, military riding, equine studies, search and rescue, rodeo and more.
In addition, tours of the racetrack by horse industry leaders and jockeys will be held, during the racing programs, to explain the colorful activities taking place and to provide handicapping sessions on how to pick a winner. Live horse industry medial broadcasts will also take place from Horse Land. For further information, visit www.marylandhorse.com or marylandstatefair.com.
The 134th MY Maryland State Fair presented by Toyota is a fun and educational destination complete with daily exhibits, presentations and entertainment that are sure to captivate visitors of all ages. No other event provides so much food, fun, family entertainment and education for so little. The Maryland State Fair, located in Timonium in Baltimore County, opens Friday, August 28 and runs through Monday, September 7, 2015.
- The 4-H/Home Arts, Farm & Garden and Exhibition Hall hours: Monday – Thursday, 12 Noon - 10 PM and Fridays – Sundays and Labor Day Monday, 10 AM – 10 PM.
- Mosner-Miller Museum/DNR Building hours: Monday – Thursday, 12 Noon – 7 PM and Fridays – Sundays and Labor Day Monday, 10 AM – 7 PM.
- Kiddie Land rides area hours: Monday – Thursday, 12 Noon - 10 PM and Fridays - Sundays and Labor Day Monday, 10AM - 10 PM.
- Main Midway rides, games and food stands hours: Monday – Thursday, 2PM - close and Friday – Sunday and Labor Day Monday, 10 AM - close. Early risers are welcome to attend livestock and horse shows in the various livestock buildings and show rings at 9 AM.
Admission to the Fair is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors (62 and older) and $3 for children (6-11). Children five-years-old and younger are admitted free. Rides are individually priced.
Limited fairgrounds’ parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis for $5.
For more information about the Fair, visit www.marylandstatefair.com