Top Ten things to do at the Garrett County Fair

Top Ten things to do at the Garrett County Fair
Betsy Spiker Holcomb, Deep Creek Lake’s Favorite Realtor

 

Top Ten things to do at the Garrett County Fair

Top Ten things to do at the Garrett County Fair

 1.  Stock and Hot Stock Tractor Pull– Enjoy locals challenging each other with torque and horsepower in this classic American event. Video here

Top Ten things to do at the Garrett County Fair

2.  Demolition Derby- This is a favorite event for me and the family. Does it get any better than watching cars smash into each other until they cannot run anymore? Last car standing! Video here.

Top Ten things to do at the Garrett County Fair

3.  Cow Patty Bingo- Imagine if you would, a large bingo board drawn out in an arena with labeled squares. Then you let people bet on & choose specific squares. Now for fun, let’s let a bunch of cows mosey on this real time bingo board and let their droppings decide a winner by the location its dropped. How can you dislike this old time tradition?

Top Ten things to do at the Garrett County Fair

4.  Food- Enjoy special fair food here at Deep Creek Lake. Pit beef, Rotary french fries and vinegar, Lions Club chicken dinner, taco salad, funnel cakes, turkey legs, Amish milkshake, Hotdogs, cheese burgers, homemade lemonade, pizza, corndogs and more.

Top Ten things to do at the Garrett County Fair

5.  Mud Bog- There are many different classes of mud stomping hotrods! This event screams excitement! Lineup of mega horsepower at a starting line with hundreds of feet of extra sloppy mud to drive through. The sounds of thunder coming out of these machines is exhilarating.

pictures-260--300x200

6.  Mechanical Bull Riding- What is there to say… You had a weird moment in life when you thought you wanted to be John Travolta in Urban Cowboy. Here’s your chance. Put your boots, hat and chaps on and give it a whirl.

Top Ten things to do at the Garrett County Fair

7.   4-H & FFA Livestock Sale- This cattle and pig auction is special for a lot of reasons. Basically the whole process is that young future farmers raise and take care of a grain fed cow without the use of steroids, hormones and chemicals. The auction helps these young boys and girls raise money to continue learning in the farm industry. The product from these animals is absolutely delicious and most local’s split a steer to put in the freezer to enjoy for the following year.

Top Ten things to do at the Garrett County Fair

  1. Music-Each year they bring in very entertaining music with a country to bluegrass flair. They always provide a toe-tapping backdrop to the busy and vibrant fair.

 

Top Ten things to do at the Garrett County Fair

9.  Craft Barns– The craft barns have an amazing assortment of arts and crafts done by local artisans. You may see creative wood working items, quilting’s and photography.  They also have fresh baked goods, jellies, cheeses and cookies. There is also a blue ribbon styled award for the best and largest produce. I highly recommend taking a few laps through these interesting buildings.

Top Ten things to do at the Garrett County Fair

10.  Carnival Rides-Bring the kids and have a blast on the traditional rides that we all grew up loving. The ferris wheel, the round-up, the scrambler, the carousel and funhouse come to mind. We all love to push the limits of excitement on squeaky classics.

Top Ten things to do at the Garrett County Fair

 

 

Top Ten things to do at the Garrett County Fair
Taylor-Made Real Estate Betsy Spiker Holcomb-301-616-5022

60th Annual Garrett County Agricultural Fair

60th Annual Garrett County Agricultural Fair
Betsy Spiker Holcomb, Deep Creek Lake’s Favorite Realtor
60th Annual Garrett County Agricultural Fair
60th Annual Garrett County Agricultural Fair

 

60th Annual Garrett County Agricultural Fair. As we creep to the midpoint of summer here at Deep Creek Lake, focus turns to the County Fair. My mind drifts to comfortable nights, fresh squeezed lemonade, Rotary fries with apple cider vinegar, demolition derby’s, tractor pulls and carnival rides that bring you back to childhood. Continue reading 60th Annual Garrett County Agricultural Fair

26th McHenry Highland Festival-June-1st 2013

 

 26th McHenry Highland Festival-June-1st 2013

26th McHenry Highland Festival-June-1st 2013. Ok, let’s try to gain a basic understanding of what the 26th McHenry Highland Festival is all about. Let me just run through some events and activities and see if this annual event peaks your interest.

26th McHenry Highland Festival-June-1st 2013

Celtic Climbing Walls, Clans and Geneaology, Sheep and Highland cattle, Harpist Lynne Barnes, Garrett Highlands Pipes and Drums, Pipes and drums of St. Andrews, Irish Dance,  Parade of Clans, Clan Chieftain Fiddler Bonnie Rideout, Shanty Irish, Sword Players, Scottish County Dancing and many more events to take you to a faraway ancient world.

26th McHenry Highland Festival-June-1st 2013

I have attended over the last few years and can tell you this is a birds-eye look back in time to roots some of us share. Regardless, we all share in our histories, some fascinating music diversity, cultural wonders and competitive games that have molded who we all are. I watched last year what seemed to be “he-men” picking up a telephone sized tree and throwing it end over end a heck of a long way. I got a hernia just watching.  Also, another group of lads picked up this heavy iron weight with a big round handle and heaved it vertically over a pole vault high bar. Livestock, Kilts, Clans, and that soothing and influencing Celtic music make this event a must for you and your family. If you are here at the lake this weekend, follow the pied piper Celtic bagpipe aura that will surround the lake and pull you toward the drums that sounded hundreds of years ago.

Deep Creek Lake-Mud Bog-Garrett County Fair

Deep Creek Lake-Mud Bog-Garrett County Fair
Mud Bog Bug

 

Deep Creek Lake-Mud Bog-Garrett County Fair
Dash For Cash

Deep Creek Lake-Mud Bog-Garrett County Fair. The crowd was amped for the annual mud bog competition at the Garrett County Fair and the weather was fantastic. Classes ranged from stock to modified to super modified. The thunder roared through the fairgrounds as these gung-ho men and women tried to blast off across this 100’ mud pit. This year the mud was extra slippery and deep which made for challenging conditions to say the least. There was also the “dash for cash”, which lines up pairs of ladies in hand holding positions with the mission of running (yuck, yuck) from the start of the mud pit all the way through to the finish while trying not to be disqualified by letting go of your partner’s hand. I am sure that many ladies lost shoes and some had a hard time getting their legs unstuck from theGarrettCountymud. This event is always a success and a heck of a lot of fun to either participate in, or to watch with the family.

Deep Creek Lake-Mud Bog-Garrett County Fair
Ring of Fire

Deep Creek Lake-Garrett County Agricultural Fair 2012

Betsy Spiker Holcomb Deep Creek Lakes Favorite Realtor
Betsy Spiker Holcomb Deep Creek Lakes Favorite Realtor
Deep Creek Lake-Garrett County Agricultural Fair 2012
Deep Creek Lake-Garrett County Agricultural Fair 2012

Deep Creek Lake-Garrett County Agricultural Fair 2012. Garrett County Fair week starts today!!!! Old school living with tractor pulls, horse pulls, mud bogs, crash up derbys, and Dukes of Hazard’s own Craaaaazy Cooter leading the parade in THE General Lee!!! You have to check the schedule as there are many, many other things going on including of course the livestock sale. Garrett County stands tall in providing locals as well as outside visitors with a genuine glimpse into small town Tom Sawyer-ish old town county fair experiences! This event staggers throughout the week giving you no excuse to bail on spending a little time with us here at Deep Creek Lake. The wheels on the car go round and round… so point them toward Garrett County and Deep Creek Lake and get more than your tires spinning on thrill rides like THE TANGO!!!

Deep Creek Lake-Garrett County Agricultural Fair 2012

Deep Creek Lake-Garrett County Agricultural Fair 2012

Garrett County Agricultural Fair-Deep Creek Lake

Betsy Spiker Holcomb Deep Creek Lakes Favorite Realtor
Betsy Spiker Holcomb Deep Creek Lakes Favorite Realtor
Garrett County Agricultural Fair Deep Creek Lake
Garrett County Agricultural Fair Deep Creek Lake

Garrett County Agricultural Fair Deep Creek Lake. Try to remember through child eyes the fantastic moments you experienced at the local summertime fair. I used to love the feeling of riding the “Round Up” spinning so fast that you could pick your feet off the ground as if you were flying. Then after getting off the ride simply trying to navigate walking for the next ten minutes while your head is spinning like a tornado.  It can be as challenging as a tight rope walker.

Garrett County Agricultural Fair Deep Creek Lake

There are all the rides  that normally entice you to play like the scrambler, apple turn over, the star ship, and of course the ferris wheel. Cotton candy, funnel cakes, candy apples, fresh lemonade, beef brisket, hot dogs, local corn, and the famous rotary vinegar fries are just the start to Garret County fair cuisine.  The familiar sights, sounds, and smells are nothing short of perfection to the senses at this All American small town fair.

 Garrett County Agricultural Fair Deep Creek Lake

There are truck pulls, tractor pulls, dirt bike exhibitions, and my favorite ‘”the crash up derby”. People from all over the county put together make-shift ram rods to see who can take the least amount of punishment and survive the longest. The leaking radiators leading to blow motors and back wheels being plowed into the car frame seem to be the master of demise in this grand event.

 Garrett County Agricultural Fair Deep Creek Lake

Remember that this is an Agricultural Fair. A popular event is when animals come through the auction gates. People pack the fair bleachers to bid on a large selection of farm animals ranging from Cows, Lambs, and Pigs. There is something special about the auctioneer taking control of the bidding and the electricity of the crowd competing for these beautiful fair animals. There is also the standard competition of trying to get the coveted blue ribbon for the best vegetable, photograph, painting, quilt or wood working piece.

After the fair,  I went up to an special place overlooking the fair with the sun setting, the fair lights shining brilliantly, and the rumble of the crash-up derby all framed in by Wisp Resort in the background. What a great way to finish up the summer and the catalyst for the start of fall.
Garrett County Agricultural Fair Deep Creek Lake