Harford County’s Farm Fair Celebrates 30 Years with New Attractions, Kick-off Concert
Harford County’s beloved Farm Fair is celebrating 30 years with exciting new attractions, extended hours, lower prices and a kick-off concert on July 21 featuring Nashville recording artist Eric Paslay. The annual fair highlights Harford County’s heritage and agricultural roots. This year’s fair will run from Monday, July 24 through Saturday, July 29 at the Harford County Equestrian Center located at 608 N. Tollgate Road in Bel Air, Md. 21014.
“The Harford County Farm Fair is a popular favorite with visitors and local citizens alike,” said
Greg Pizzuto, executive director of the tourism nonprofit Visit Harford. “This year’s festivities
promise to be the best yet!”
Kicking off the fair will be a country music concert featuring multiple artists on Friday, July 21 at
Harford Community College’s APGFCU Arena. Singer/songwriter Eric Paslay, best known for his
hits “Friday Night” and “Song about a Girl,” will headline this high-energy show including Jamie
O’Neal and Bobby & Teddi Cyrus. Tickets start as low as $15 online at http://www.apgfcuarena.com/events/2017/eric-paslay-concert
The nonprofit Visit Harford and county government are presenting the concert.
At the Farm Fair, new events will include a “Chef’s Challenge” for local well-known chefs to
create original dishes from baskets of locally grown food, similar to the Food Network TV show,
“Chopped.” The Marvelous Mutts, a wacky performing rescue dog show, are also sure to
entertain, and a regional Mounted Cowboy Shooting Association competition will thrill
spectators in a first for Harford County. New attractions will include a carnival from Oscar’s
Entertainment with a lighted Ferris wheel and ride-all-day tickets available on Monday.
Delicious new foods and local beer and wine for adults are not to be missed.
Fair-goers will also enjoy traditional favorites including the Lucas Oil Truck and Tractor Pull,
an antique tractor pull, draft horse pulling contest, mechanical bull rides, farm animals, 4-H
displays and livestock auction. The free “Kidway” activities and inflatables will delight the little
ones, while artisan exhibits, live animals, a straw maze, farm vehicles and more will appeal to all
This year’s lower prices mean the whole family can come together because kids under 12 are
admitted free with a paying adult. Adult tickets are $5 Monday – Thursday and $8 on Friday and
Saturday. Military members pay $5 all days. The fair runs Monday through Thursday from 3:00
p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. For more information,
or to volunteer during the fair, visit the Farm Fair web site at www.farmfair.org or email
“We’re sending out cheers to 30 years of the Harford County Farm Fair,” Amy
McClaskey, co-chair of the Farm Fair, said . “We hope everyone will join us for the kick-off
concert and keep the celebration going all week long!”