Wicomico Fair Marks 83 Years

SALISBURY – The Wicomico Farm & Home Show and Wicomico County announced the return of the Wicomico County Fair from Aug. 16-18 at WinterPlace Park. This year’s event will celebrate 83 years of fair traditions, and it is presented by Perdue Farms and the Pohanka Automotive Group.

The Wicomico County Fair serves to showcase the importance of agriculture on the Eastern Shore in a family-friendly atmosphere. Returning fair events include carnival rides and games, livestock showings, educational poultry exhibits, petting farm, Maryland High School Rodeo, Mason-Dixon Deputies-sanctioned mounted shooting competition, garden tractor pulling, watermelon seed spitting contest, watermelon and pie eating contests, Fair Queen Pageant, Chase the Chicken 3K Fun Run & Walk, Wing War, baking and craft competitions, classic car, Jeep and motorcycle shows, 5’ fry pan, live music, fireworks and more.

Organizers are also excited about the new activities at this year’s event.

“As the fair continues to grow, we are excited to explore opportunities to provide new programming and further engage members of our community,” said Zach Evans, Wicomico County Fair chair.

The most notable of these additions is the Renaissance Ring.

“This year we will add jousting competitions and Renaissance demonstrations for the first time,” Evans said. “Jousting is Maryland’s official state sport, which serves as another example of the Fair’s focus on the heritage and culture of our community.”

The Renaissance Ring will also feature a yarn spinner, stained glass maker and pottery thrower. Attendees can try pottery throwing for a small fee. Kids can take part in the unicorn kissing booth on Friday.

The weekend’s live music line-up includes Front Page News, Barren Creek Band, North Meets South, Six Pack Rodeo, Petting Hendrix, Anthony Calamoneri and LandMark. Friday night will be headlined by Dalton Elliott, a Chincoteague, Va. resident and contestant on season 17 of American Idol.

Admission and parking at the Fair is free. For more information, visit www.WicomicoFair.com.

To ensure the safety of attendees, staff and vendors, Blue Ribbon Road between Old Ocean City Road and WinterPlace Parkway will be closed through Monday, Aug. 19 at noon.