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County Fair


The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair provides a great opportunity for our 4-H'ers to share their knowledge, skills, and products with the community through exhibitions and demonstrations. It also provides them with an opportunity to be recognized for all of the hard work they've put into 4-H throughout the past year.

See the June issue of News & Notes for even more info on the fair than is found here.

Visit the Montgomery County Agricultural Fairgrounds website here.


August 9 - 17, 2019

Fair Theme

Feed Your Senses

Parade Theme

Enrich Your Life With 4-H

Fair Catalogue

You can download the fair catalog here. The print edition will be going out to club leaders.

Enter Your Fair Exhibits Online

All entries can be made online here. There are also entry forms in the back of the catalog. Entering your work gets you a free fair pass!



The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair will be offering reduced price admission tickets to Montgomery County 4-H’ers and their families—these prices are only available to 4-H’ers and their parents and siblings. These special tickets are available to be purchased online when you enter your exhibits using the Fair’s online entry system, and they are available for purchase at the Fair on the Fair workdays—the Saturdays of July 13, 20, & 27 and August 3 starting at 9 a.m. and ending at noon. After August 3, the season pass will be $75.00.

  • Daily Pass – Perry Parkway Entrance only, free parking - $10.00
  • Daily Pass – Perry Parkway Entrance only, no parking included - $5.00
  • Season Pass – Perry Parkway Entrance only, free parking - $50.00
  • Season Pass (12 – 18 yrs. Old) – Perry Parkway Entrance only, no parking included - $18.00
  • All children 11 yrs. and younger – free every day, no pass required


Enter Your Work at the Fair

4-H animal, indoor, & demonstration entry registrations are DUE BY JULY 20.

No late entries will be accepted!

If you enter, you will be mailed a free season pass. Exhibitors are encouraged to use the online entry system provided by the Montgomery County Agricultural Center.

GO HERE to use the online system. Using this system cuts down on paperwork and errors in the entry process. When entering online, please make sure you are entering in the desired department (4-H or Open). If you are not able to enter your exhibits using the online system, paper entry forms are available in the back of the fair catalog. Please mail all paper entry forms to the Fair Office (not the 4-H Office): Montgomery Co. Agricultural Fair, 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg, MD 20877.

Once the fairgrounds has received all 4-H entry registrations, they will send the county 4-H office the display tags for each indoor entry. 

Display tags must accompany each indoor entry at the fair and they will be available for you to pick up at the 4-H office starting on August 4. However, some club leaders collect indoor tags for their clubs and hand them out at meetings. 

Dates that indoor entries must be brought to the 4-H Building at the fairgrounds:

  • Mon, 8/5 – only day to enter club booths, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Wed, 8/7 – 4-H non-perishable drop-off, 3:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
  • Sat, 8/10 - Perishable entries drop-off, 3 - 6 p.m. 
  • You can either drop off your entry and leave or stay for an interview judging with the judges—they will ask you questions about your entry. There will be no interview judging for the Baked Goods Division.
  • Date to pick up entries after the fair—Sun, 8/18, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Information for Animal Exhibitors

In order to exhibit animals at the county fair, you must attend one of the Animal Exhibitor Orientation meetings held on the fair work days AND make sure you are up-to-date with everthing on our Animal Science Info & Forms page—completed animal registration forms, completion of the Animal Husbandry and Quality Assurance Program, and completion of the Dairy Verification Card if you plan to show dairy cattle

Animal Exhibitor Orientation

  • All 4-H animal exhibitors (this is all animals, even animals entered into the pet show) at this year’s Montgomery County Agricultural Fair will once again be required to attend an exhibitor orientation meeting. Topics will update you on new rule and procedure changes for animal and public health, 4-H rules, and fair policies, as well as helpful tips for having a positive fair experience.
  • The sessions will again be offered at 8:30 AM sharp on all four fair workdays (July 13, 20, & 27 and August 3), in the Heritage Building at the fairgrounds.
  • If you have any questions please contact Jeannine Shriver at 301-590-3210.

Pet Show

  • All Pet Show participants must attend an Animal Exhibitor Orientation at one of the fair work days. 
  • Please review ALL Maryland Health requirements and documents needed for fair entry for all species—these rules will also apply to the Pet Show. 
  • Please note that some poultry testing is required within 21 days of fair for 2018.
  • In addition, Canines and Felines must provide a current rabies certificate and be in good health. As noted in current pet show rules, all dogs MUST be kept on a six foot leash at all times and all felines MUST be kept in a PET CARRIER unless their class is being judged. All equines must have a current negative Equine Infectious Anemia (Coggins) Test.
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