Talbot County Fair Celebrates Youth Achievement Submitted by the Talbot County Fair Committee

The 2024 Talbot County Fair will take place Thursday, July 11 through Saturday, July 13 at the Talbot Agriculture and Education Center on Hiners Lane in Easton. The Talbot County Fair highlights the area’s rural lifestyle by hosting animal shows, children’s activities, midway games and food vendors, special events, and opportunities to socialize with family and friends in a relaxed setting.
For more than a hundred years, the University of Maryland Extension 4-H Youth Development Program has been preparing children and teens for success in adult life. The Talbot County Fair enables youth to display the skills they have developed and the things they have accomplished through their 4-H club and project work. In fact, most of the indoor exhibits and animal exhibits at the fair are the work of Talbot County 4-H and FFA members along with members from nearby counties who enter exhibits and animals in open classes. The Fair features youth shows for beef, dairy, dogs, goats, hogs, poultry, rabbits/cavies, and sheep. Other special events include children’s day and the 4-H fashion show.
One of the highlights of the Talbot County Fair is the Saturday evening livestock auction. Talbot County 4-H and FFA members sell the livestock they have raised as part of their animal science projects. The auction helps youth recover their project expenses and prepare for future livestock projects. Talbot 4-H and FFA members rely on public support of the auction. Businesses, organizations, families, and individuals are invited to bid on the animals for sale. The auction committee can help with transport of purchased animals to a USDA-certified processing facility. Bidders also have the option of donating animals back to the auction in further support of youth livestock projects. Proceeds from animals that are re-sold go to the Talbot County Youth Livestock Fund and help to fund repairs and improvements at the Ag Center.
Maryland 4-H offers educational programs that support the development of life skills including responsibility, communication, leadership, and community service. University of Maryland programs are equal opportunity/access and are open to all youth of ages 5 through 18 as of Jan. 1 of the current year. Although the range of 4-H projects has expanded to include numerous topics in the areas of science, healthy living, and civic engagement, traditional agriculture projects continue to provide unique hands-on learning opportunities. Families are encouraged to join 4-H and participate in the annual fair activities and events.
To view the schedule and other Fair information, visit talbotcountyfair.org.
University programs, activities, and facilities are available to all without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, religion, protected veteran status, genetic information, personal appearance, or any other legally protected class.