After four years of canceled or shortened days due to inclement weather, this year’s Prince George’s County Fair went off without a hitch.
“The only thing we can’t plan is the weather,” said Prince George’s County Fair Association Vice President Doris Case said.
The fair has had issues with weather the last four years, with heavy rains and even floods forcing organizers to shut down the four-day event for a few days, making it more difficult for attendees to make it to the fairgrounds at The Show Place Arena and Prince George’s Equestrian Center, Case said.
Crystal Hall of Temple Hills said the weather was perfect to spend Saturday enjoying the fair grounds. Hall was at the fair with her fiance, Donnell Wainwright of Washington, D.C., and her daughter, Zhara Hall, 5, who was looking forward to the pony rides.
“It’s not too hot,” Hall said. “Not scorching, just perfect.”
Attendee information was not available Monday.
Some of the highlights of this year’s fair, held from Thursday to Sunday,included livestock shows, produce shows, pony rides and the traditional carnival rides, Case said. There also were informational trucks and booths that taught fair attendees about nutrition, health screenings and the dangers of drunken driving.
The newest additions to the fair were Black Jack, a giant steer, and Hercules, a giant horse. The horse weighed about 2,800 pounds, and the steer pushed more than 3,000 pounds, according to fact sheets on display.
The Prince George’s County Fair is one of the oldest fairs in the state, starting in 1842, Case said, but some county residents had never been to the fair and were taking it in for the first time.
India Sweetney of Fort Washington was at the fair Saturday with her husband, Mike Sweetney, and their children, Ayden, 2, and Grayson, 8 months. India Sweetney said they were enjoying the fair and had never heard about it until this year.
Ayden liked the spinning centipede ride so much that he rode it twice, India Sweetney said.
“It was the perfect place to bring [Ayden] on a Saturday,” India said.