Back at The Show Place Arena
September 8 - 11, 2016
05:00 PM - 10:00 PM
05:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 06:00 PM
THE SHOW PLACE ARENA
14900 PENNSYLVANIA AVE
UPPER MARLBORO, MD 20772
P.O. Box 1010
Upper Marlboro,MD 2077
The Prince George's County Fair began in 1842 as a friendly gathering for local farmers to showcase their produce and livestock and have a little fun. We have the distinction of being the oldest running Fair in Maryland!
Though it started out as mostly livestock and field crops, eventually it came to include women's arts as well, with competitions for the best jams, jellies, canned goods, pies, breads, cookies, clothing, quilts, and handicrafts. It was (and is) quite an honor to be deemed the best in the County!
Did you know we still hold competitions in all these areas, plus photography, fine-arts, woodworking, basket making, flower arranging, and more? The Open Class area accepts entries from any of the 5 Southern Maryland Counties and also from our District of Columbia neighbors. There's no charge to enter your work, and the top three winners in each class receive a ribbon and a small monetary award. For more information on specific entry areas, check out the Open Class Entries link located at the top!
In addition to the competitions in Open Class and 4-H, the Fair is lots of fun! This year we will be having a carnival with many rides and more games for both younger and older Fair goers. For an idea of what you can expect to see at the Fair, check out the Schedule and Entertainment links.
The Fair has seen its share of difficulties and has sometimes struggled to survive. This is where you come in -- the Fair simply cannot do without you! We need you to come visit, bring your family and friends, have a good time, maybe enter something in the Open Class competition, and most importantly come back year after year! We are also looking for volunteers to help during the Fair - go to the Volunteer To Help link. If you are really interested, you could even join the Fair Association as a board member - go to the Join The Fair Board link to see how!
Prince George's County Fair Beautiful Baby Contest!
The Prince George's County Fair, is holding a Beautiful Baby Contest, sponsored by the PRINCE GEORGE'S SOIL CONSERVATION DISTRICT. It will be held at 6:00PM on Thursday, September 08. Come enter your beautiful baby in the contest! Sign-up begins at 5:30PM beside the main stage on the Fair grounds.
Note: The contest is open to PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY RESIDENTS only.
The Beautiful Baby Contest is being held outside on the main stage.
My name is Heath Bender. My wife, Hillary and I are chainsaw artists located in northeastern Pennsylvania. I created my first piece in 1991 and have made my living from my art since 2003. We have traveled all over the country for many competitions, benefits and shows. Most of our pieces, which reflect wildlife from the United States, are carved out of eastern white pine. We have however carved pieces in a variety of hardwood and softwood species. The subject matter is not limited to wildlife as we have created just about anything you can imagine!
Their creations may be available at the Fair for you to take home - More info to come. If you would like a special piece carved just for you, check with Heath and Hillary, and they might be able to do it for you.
Welcome to Fast Action Motorsports Entertainment (F.A.M.E.)!
F.A.M.E. is one of the premier Motorsports Entertainment companies on the East Coast. F.A.M.E. has thrilled and entertained tens of thousands of people of all ages from 3 to 83 with hands-on interactive racing excitement at fairs, festivals, NASCAR races, Air Shows, malls, corporate events, and parties from New York to Texas to Florida.
Fast Action Motorsports Entertainment is located in the outside field.
The Prince George's County Fair Board is grateful to all community members who volunteer their time to help with the Fair in September. We couldn't do it without you!!
While our volunteers contribute their time for a variety of reasons, all are important members of the County Fair Team. Every volunteer is a County Fair Ambassador - YOU help represent the Fair to the public.
ABOUT THE SCHEDULE: The Fair runs from Thursday, September 08th through Sunday, September 11th. We need volunteers each of those days. But we also start setting up on Monday, September 5th. So, volunteers are welcomed from Monday through Sunday. To make sure that we can schedule all volunteers, please e-mail us by August 25th with the times you'd like to volunteer. After that date, call the Fair Office at 301-404-5566. We ask that you volunteer a minimum of 4 hours if possible. (Note: If you are a student in school, you will not be allowed to volunteer during school hours.)
Shifts are as follows: 9:00AM - 1:00PM, 1:00PM - 5:00PM, 5:00PM - 9:00PM (But we're flexible, and you are welcome to start and finish at different times.)
ABOUT SIGNING IN & SIGNING OUT: When you arrive at the Fairgrounds to volunteer, come to the Fair Office, which is located to the left of the entrance to the Fair Grounds. If you need directions to the office, ask a Parking Attendant or other Staff.
- We'll sign you in.
- You'll be given an assignment & it will be explained to you.
- You'll receive a "Volunteer" name badge which will serve as your id during your volunteer time.
- When you are ready to leave, it is very important that you return to the Fair Office & sign out so we may, in turn, keep a good record of your service. If you are a student earning your "community service" hours, your paperwork will be signed at this time.
ABOUT YOUR ASSIGNMENT: Typical volunteer activities include setting up displays, monitoring displays, caring for livestock, setting up for outdoor events, setting up for indoor events, answering phones in the office, gate duty, etc.
Be prepared by dressing comfortably (Bring a hat & sunglasses if you feel you might need them). DO NOT bring anything with you that you cannot keep on your person as the Fair does not have a place to secure personal items!
ABOUT YOUR DAY AS A VOLUNTEER: For your convenience there are bathrooms near the Fair Office. Also, cold drinks & light refreshments are available for Fair Staff & Volunteers only. Inquire at the Fair Office.
Be FLEXIBLE, FRIENDLY & PATIENT. We can't always predict when, where or how we'll need your help. Be ready for questions from the patrons. If you know the answers, great, if not, just say you'll find out & then do it.
MOST IMPORTANTLY: Have fun & Enjoy Yourself!!
FOR MORE INFORMATION, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org