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All atwitter about offerings at the Caroline fair


Summertime in Caroline County means it’s time for the annual agricultural fair.

There’s something for everyone at this year’s fair at the county fairgrounds off U.S. 1 in Ruther Glen.

When you enter you may be surprised that the first livestock that comes into view is a pair of camels.

But the camels, from Bar C Ranch, are a regular fixture at Caroline’s fair.

Next door, you’ll find a small petting zoo with several exotic animals that will greet you warmly.

There’s a Patagonian cavy, which is a cross between a rabbit and a deer.

A pen of goats, sheep and rams is full of action, and the animals are not shy about sticking their heads out of the fence to allow you to pet them.

A young camel named Gabriel will allow you to pet him, but there’s a good chance he’ll be taller than you.

Miniature horses, donkeys and miniature zebus (a kind of cattle) will lick your hands, looking for food.

There’s a small area of animals in glass enclosures, and for a few dollars you can go into an aviary of birds and hold them for yourself.

If bigger animals are more your forte, pop over to Caroline’s Barn, which has several varieties of cattle and hogs. It’s best to wear shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty and clothes you’re sure to wash again soon. The smell of livestock will linger.

Toward the back of the fair, you’ll find a variety of amusement park rides that will send you spinning, tilting, twirling and whirling in every direction.

It wasn’t just youngsters hopping on the rides—plenty of adults joined in the fun as well.

Every night of the fair has featured a different band. If you don’t feel like sitting and watching, the music can be heard throughout most of the fair.

The younger set will find the Agricadabra magic show back this year. It’s an agriculture-themed magic show.

There’s also a tiny circus.

It wouldn’t be a proper fair without racing pigs and ducks, which you’ll find on the right side of the fair as you enter. There are shows every few hours that are sure to get you squealing as loud as the racers.

What’s the trick to getting a pig to race? It’s not the threat of becoming tomorrow’s breakfast, but rather chasing an Oreo cookie.

For a taste of nostalgia, visit the home goods showcase. Not only is it a chance to get out of the heat, but you can take a trip back in time to the 1950s.

Vintage items such as stoves, dishes, outfits and candlesticks will show you what life was like just a few years ago in the country.

In the same barn, entries from various contests such as baking, vegetable growing and crafts are displayed.

Another area of the fair displays antique tractors.

The smells of food drift through the air, and it’s hard to resist picking up a cold iced tea, funnel cake or other items from vendors.

The fair runs through today and is open from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m.

Admission is $5, and kids younger than 10 years old get in for free.

If you bring six canned food items per person, you’ll get free admission. The items go to the Caroline County Social Services Food Pantry.

Robyn Sidersky 540/374-5413