It's nearly showtime for the —known in past years as the .
Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on July 14, The is scheduled at , a mixed-use business center located at and Crossroads Circle in Middle River. Tuesday morning's forecasts call for a 30-percent chance of thunderstorms during the fair. If needed, use of the rain date—July 21—would be announced on the fair's website by 9 a.m. Saturday.
Lynn Richardson, president of the Perry Hall/White Marsh Business Association and the fair's head organizer, said she expects the fair to be "better than ever, with the same family feel."
Here are just a few of the things fair attendees can look forward to, according to Richardson:
Dozens of vendors
- About 200 businesses and organizations are expected to participate, from hair salons to crafters to churches to animal hospitals to senior centers to ... you get the idea. A full list can be found here on the website.
- Prepare yourself for table-top candy, coupons, pens, water bottles, tote bags and all the usual branded fare. Dozens of the vendors are sure to provide dozens of freebies.
Plenty of parking
- The newly constructed Baltimore Crossroads @95 shopping center has an abundance of parking within walking distance of the fairgrounds. In past years, parking was divided between shopping centers, parks and streets, with shuttle service. Richardson said the new parking set-up will be a major simplification, compared to past years.
More regional attendance
- The fair has expanded from White Marsh and Perry Hall to be more regionally inclusive. Richardson said the fair has advertised to a wider area, and she expects a strong showing from Middle River, Essex and Rosedale residents.
Live Music and entertainment
- Bands include Alter Ego, Rob Fahey & The Pieces, Thunderball, Fifth Level, Rollerblades, The Regal Beagles, Rave, Starcrush, Captain Fantastic. The Fitness Zumba Show is also planned, in addition to Willy Woo Woo Magic Show and Bubbles the Clown for the kids. A full schedule is available here on the website.
Animals, games and demonstrations
- After years without it, the petting zoo has returned to the fair, Richardson said. A giant slide, obstacle course, two moon bounces and more are planned for the kids' area. An all-day fun pass is $10 per child.
- Last but not least, don't forget to visit Patch's big green tent in the vendors' area. Stop by and chat with , sign up for the daily newsletter of your local Patch and get some free swag.
Are you looking forward to the fair? Tell us about your favorite fair memories in the comments.
Read more about the possible impact of the fair's new location in the article: .