It's Ag Show & Fair Season
It’s Agricultural Fair & Show Season throughout
Maryland – a great time to get outside and attend a family friendly event that
celebrates our state’s heritage and traditions.
From pie eating contests to
tractor pulls, from landscape and photography competitions, to sheep herding
and worm races to so much more, an Ag show has it all. Our new Fair & Show Brochure lists
events throughout the state between now and next spring. Take a look and make a
plan to attend now.
If you’re entering animals into a fair, show or exhibit this season, be sure they have appropriate identification and fully comply with the USDA’s Animal Disease Traceability regulations. (The new rules generally impact swine, cattle, sheep and goats.) We want everyone to stay happy & healthy! Read more here.
AND. . .
July is National Ice Cream Month (so designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1984) – yet another good excuse
to head out on Maryland’s Ice Cream Trail and enjoy delicious farm fresh ice
cream while visiting a working dairy farm!
July is a terrific month for dedicating yourself to Buying and Eating Local. So much is in season and available for cooking and eating.
MDA (and Maryland farmers) encourage all Marylanders to take the Buy Local Challenge and pledge to eat at least one thing from a local farm every day during Buy Local Challenge Week, which is July 19-27.
It's not only good for you, it's a great way to find out what nearby farms are growing and how critically important they are to our state's economy.
To practice eating local, visit a farmers market or stand near you. Find one near you on our recently redesigned Maryland's Best website.
On July 24, Governor Martin O'Malley will host the seventh annual Buy Local Cookout. Sixteen teams of chefs, working with local producers, will showcase the delicious meals they make with ingredients they source close to home. For more on the event and buying local.
Join us and take the Buy Local Challenge - Eat Well & Support Maryland Farmers!