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Maryland State Fair: A Time-Honored Tradition

Updated: Friday, August 23 2013, 02:29 PM EDT

For generations young and old alike have passed through the Maryland State Fair gates. It's a tradition that has stood the test of time – the first Maryland State Fair dates back to 1878.

At the start fairgoers rode horses and wagons to reach the fairgrounds, and eventually the railroad was built right through the property. The railroad allowed livestock and people to travel with ease. Today the lightrail runs on those tracks.

The fair now spans more than 100 acres, allowing room for the racing, the food, the concerts and so much more. It's the only place for people to see sheep, pigs, goat racing and top-notch entertainment such as this year's Carly Rae Jepson who will perform with UK band The Wanted. Fall Out Boys and Three Days Grace are also scheduled to perform at this year's fair.

Originally a three day event, it’s now billed as "The 11 Best Days of Summer."

Maryland State Fair: A Time-Honored Tradition

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