Scenes from the Maryland State Fair. I've never been to Maryland's State Fair, and I have been a Maryland resident for most of my life. I used to go to the Charles County Fair every year growing up, and I haven't even been to that fair in many, many years.
The fair was SO much fun. It was over the top with all of the livestock, I haven't seen so many cows, pigs, sheep and horses in one place. The cow I photographed above licked my fingers and it felt so much like a BIG cat toungue. SO cool. I loved walking through the livestock buildings and watching another way of life, the family farm operation take place before my eyes. Adults and children alike were helping care for the livestock. The owners actually sleep in the same barns with the animals.
I also enjoyed walking through the exhibit buildings and seeing all of the things people submitted, vegetables, pies, cakes, quilts, photography, every imaginable type of crop, vegetable, fruit, food and craft was entered into the fair, everyone hoping for one of those coveted ribbons.
Of course, no fair is complete without taking a tour of the food, a cheeseburger, and later on chicken strips with BBQ sauce and fries, and finished off with funnel cake.
I love people watching at a place like the fair. It sort of reminds me of people watching on the boardwalk in Ocean City, MD.
An absolutely great, spontaneous experience.
Today is the last day of the fair, and sort of a wrap up to summer.