Skid Loader Rodeo

Chairperson: Justin Brendel - 443-677-0627

First Saturday @ 7:00 P.M. – Contest Arena

Test your operating skills against Howard County’s best operators at our fourth annual competition!  Invite your friends and family to cheer you on and enjoy a night of country competition. Events for this year are to be determined.

  • Registration begins promptly at 5:30 P.M.
  • Only the first 60 qualified operators to register will compete.
  • $5 Entry Fee (each operator will receive a free T-Shirt for participating).
  • Cash Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
  • A variety of machines will be provided for the competition.
  • All competitors will be timed and judged through an obstacle course.
  • Corporate sponsorships available.

Mule Pulling Contest

Chairpersons - Mary E. F. Streaker (410-382-7135) and Daryl E. Collins (443-224-4193)

First Saturday @ 9:00 am in the Contest Arena


  • Mule Pulling is run according to the Maryland Horse Pulling Rules of Competition with the following two exceptions:
    • All teams are weighed and divided as nearly as possible into a Heavy Group and Light Group.  This weight break runs at about 2,600 lbs. team weight.
    • The mule teams are required to pull a distance of 17½ feet.
  • The teams will be weighed at the Fairgrounds between 7:00 am and 8:30 am on the day of the Pulling Contest.
  • There will be a $10 Entry Fee for each team.
  • Prizes for each class will be: First–$275.00; Second–$225.00; Third–  $175.00; Fourth–$125.00; Fifth–$100.00;
  • All Others–$75.00

Coon Mule Jump

Chairperson - Clint Thomas - 443-277-4147

First Saturday, immmediately following Mule Pull, in the Contest Arena


  • Two Classes (1) 54" & Under; and (2) Over 54"
  • Mules must jump from a stand still without knocking the bar off the jump.
  • The Mule that jumps the highest, through a process of elimination, is declared tge winner.
  • Two Divisions based on height of mule at withers.
  • Initial jump will be determined by the chest height of the smallest mule.
  • Initial jump must be cleared to qualify for a place.
  • You have 60 seconds to make a qualifying jump.
  • There will be a $5 Entry Fee for each Mule.


  • Small Mule Jump: First - $200; Second - $150; Third - $100; and Fourth - $50
  • Large Mule Jump: First - $250; Second - $200; Third - $175; Fourth - $125; Fifth - $100; Sixth - $75; Seventh - $50; and Eight - $25

Amateur Variety Show

Click here to download the Amateur Variety Show application

Chairperson - Mary E. F. Streaker (410-382-7135)

Thursday @ 7:00 P.M. on the Main Exhibition Hall Stage


3 minute suggested; 5 minute time limit

$750.00 -- To Be Awarded In Various Age Groups


  • Contest open to residents of Howard County and adjoining counties.
  • Entry forms will be available at the Fair Office during the week of the Fair until 6:00 p.m. on the day of the contest, and at the Stage Area from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening.
  • Contestants will be divided by age into three categories:
    • Children’s Group --  9 years old and under
    • Youth Group  -- 10 to 15 years old
    • Teenage/Adult Group -- 16 years old and older
  • The Groups will perform as follows:
    • Children’s Group Show begins at 7:00 p.m.
    • Youth Group Show follows Children’s Group
    • Teenage/Adult Group Show  follows Youth Group
  • The judges’ evaluations will be calculated and awards will be made after Youth Group and at end of show.
  • Cassette tapes or CD’s may be used to accompany performers.  A piano will be available and on stage.  Band groups will hook up to electric equipment provided by management.  ALL CONTESTANTS SHOULD PLAN FOR EXPEDIENT SET-UP.
  • Premium money of $750.00 will be awarded as follows in each Group: First--$40; Second--$35; Third--$30; Fourth--$25; Fifth--$20; Sixth--$15; All Others--$10.

The Howard County Fair Association reserves the right to approve both the content and expression of any act.  A representative of the HCFA shall have the authority to prohibit or cancel in progress any act that such representative determines, in his/her sole discretion, is not in keeping with the family atmosphere of the Fair.  Please plan your act accordingly.

Baby Contest Miniature Parade

Chairperson - Anita Schmidt

Last Saturday @ 10:00 A.M. on the Entertainment Stage

Prizes in Each Group:  First, Second and Third 

Special Baby Contest Ribbons Will be Awarded in Addition to Prizes

GROUP I - Non-Walking Babies
GROUP II - Walking Babies


  • All babies must be residents of Howard County.
  • Babies must not have attained his/her third birthday before the end of the Fair.
  • Entry forms will be available at the Fair Office during Fair Week.
  • No entries will be accepted after 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, the day of the contest.
  • All babies will parade in decorated carriages, wagons, strollers, etc., no larger than 42"x 25"x 40" high.  NO MOTOR-PROPELLED VEHICLES.
  • Walking babies, to be judged, must walk as part of a decorated unit.
  • Judging will be based on general attractiveness of babies (in keeping with theme), and on originality and simplicity in presenting Floats.
  • Judges will confer to reach a majority decision, AND THEIR DECISION WILL BE FINAL.
  • No exotic or live animals allowed.
  • All contestants will receive free tickets for Kiddie Rides.

Horse Pulling Contest

Chairperson - Howard Streaker - 443-398-4532
Co-Chairperson - Mary E. F. Streaker - 410-382-7135

Last Saturday @ 10:00 A.M. in the Contest Arena


  • There will be two (2) classes: Light Weight (under 3,300 lbs.) and Heavy Weight (3,325 lbs. and up).
  • The teams will be weighed at the Fairgrounds between 7:00 and 10:00 a.m. the day of the Pulling Contest.
  • National Horse Pulling Rules will be observed and enforced.
  • The Contest will begin at 10:30 a.m. on the last Saturday of the Fair, with the Light Weight Class first.
  • There will be a $10 Entry Fee for each team.
  • Prizes for each class will be: First--$400.00; Second--$350.00; Third-- $300.00; Fourth--$250.00; Fifth--$215.00; Sixth--$190.00; Seventh-- $165.00; Eighth–$140.00; Ninth--$120.00; Tenth--$110.00; All Others-- $100.00.

Parade of Floats

Judging:  Last Saturday @ 5:00 P.M.



  • The Floats will parade on the Fairgrounds.
  • Any Organization in the County may participate.
  • Make your entry with the Fair Office, and include a story about the Float (not to exceed one 8½ x 11" page, double-spaced).
  • Judging will be based on the following:
    Originality, simplicity, arrangement, identity, quality, attractiveness, neatness, and educational value.
  • No distribution of candy or handouts allowed during parade for safety of spectators.
  • Judges will use score cards and will confer after completing scores.  The decision of the judges will be final.
  • Floats may not repeat themes from previous years.
  • 4-H prizes:  Danish System - $75.00, $50.00, $25.00
  • Pride of the Fair Float (Champion) - $100.00
  • Open prizes:  $20.00, $15.00, $10.00
  • NO ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 12 NOON ON THE LAST SATURDAY.  Pick up your assigned parade number between 2 & 4 pm at the Fair Office

Special Awards for Parade of Floats -$200
Donated by Bixler's Lemonade Stand
Winner - Pride of the Fair 4-H Float -$75

Remaining Monies to be Divided Equally Between Blue Ribbon 4-H  Floats

Contest Schedule:

Fair Book Cover Contest

Antique Tractor Pull - First Saturday @ 1:00 pm

Antique Automobile Show - Sunday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Pie Eating Contest - Sunday @ 12:00 noon

Pretty Animal Contest - Sunday @ 11:00 am

Cow Milking Contest - Sunday @ 2:00 pm

Miss Howard County Farm Bureau Contest,
Future Howard County Farmer, and
Little Miss Howard County Farm Bureau Contest - Sunday @ 3:00 pm

Skid Loader Rodeo - Sunday @ 7:30 pm

Mule Pulling Contest - First Saturday @ 9:00 am

Coon Mule Jump - First Saturday, immediately after Mule Pull

Amateur Variety Show - Thursday @ 7:00 pm

Baby Contest Miniature Parade - Last Saturday @ 10:00 am

Horse-Pulling Contest - Last Saturday @ 10:00 am

Parade of Floats - Last Saturday @ 5:00 pm

Fair Book Cover Contest

The Howard County Fair Board would like to invite you to design the cover art for next year's Fair Catalog.

Entries for next year's cover will be accepted in the Fair Office during opening weekend of this year's Fair: Saturday from 9am - 7pm, and Sunday from 9am - 5pm.

Submissions may include computer generated graphics, drawings, photographs, etc.  Your entry should represent the "Howard County Fair Experience".

The winning artist will receive an award of $250.00 plus a Season Pass to next year's Howard County Fair.  The winning artist will be announced before the 4-H All Star Showmanship Contest in the Show Pavilion on the last Saturday of this year's Fair.

Click here to download the Fair Book Cover Art application.

For more information please contact
Martin Hamilton at 443-472-8276

Antique Tractor Pull

Chairperson - Bill Barnes (410-489-4465)

First Saturday @ 1:00 P.M. in the Contest Arena

RULES: Central MD Antique Tractor Club, Inc. 2015 rules apply.  All tractors must be 1959 or older.

Hook Fee - $12.00

For more information and rules, call Bill Barnes.

Antique Classes:

Open Classes:

2,600 lbs.

4,500 lbs.

3,000 lbs.

5,500 lbs.

3,800 lbs.

6,500 lbs.

5,000 lbs.

7,500 lbs.

7,000 lbs.


8,000 lbs.


9,000 lbs.


10,000 lbs.


Antique Automobile Show

Chairperson - Jerry Gordon (410-484-1299)

Sunday, 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., West Side of the Main Exhibition Hall

CHIEF JUDGE:  Gene Sauter, 410-461-1354


  • Vehicles must be 25 years old or older.
  • Peer judging.
  • Dash plaques to first 100 vehicles.
  • Trophies.
  • Vehicles must be parked and ready for judging by 11:00 a.m.
  • Every vehicle must have a working fire extinguisher to enter show field.
  • Show goes on — Rain or Shine.

Pie Eating Contest  

Co-Chairpersons - Blair and Megan Hill

Sunday @ 12:00 P.M. in the Show Pavilion


  • Participants will be placed in the following age groups:
    (1)  5-8 years old
    (2)  9-12 years old
    (3) 13-17 years old
    (4) 18 years and older
  • All hands on hips or behind back.
  • Only standing, kneeling or leaning over table is permitted.
  • First one to finish last bite of pie has to have pie in stomach--not mouth.
  • A piece of pie is not a whole pie.

Pretty Animal Contest

Co-Chairpersons - Blair and Megan Hill

Sunday @ 11:00 A.M. in the Show Pavilion


  • Each participant must submit a descriptive, legible narration (1-2 minutes long) to the Fair Office by 11:30 a.m., on Sunday. The story will be read to the audience by the Master of Ceremonies during the presentation.
  • Participants will dress their entry for the best costumed animal in the categories of:  (1) Most Creative; (2) The Prettiest; (3) Most Original; or (4) The Funniest.  The costumed animal and the narration of what the costume signifies (not the costumed owner/participant) will be judged.
  • The costumed animals (dogs, cats, rabbits, sheep, large animals, etc.) must be treated in a humane fashion and must meet Fair Health Regulations.  Health papers must accompany animal exhibits at all times while on the Fairgrounds.  Fair regulations may change subject to State and Federal Regulation changes.
  • Dogs must have current immunization for Parvo-viral enteritis, distemper, and have current rabies vaccination.  Dogs must be on a leash at all times, stay in the showing area, and leave the fairgrounds at the end of the show.
  • Awards will be presented to the outstanding entries in each of the four categories.

Cow Milking Contest

Rhonda Winkler and the Howard County 4-H Dairy Club

Sunday @ 2:00 P.M. in the Show Pavilion


  • Always come to the Howard County Fair
    in a happy mooo-d.
  • Stepping on cow pies brings good luck.
  • Don’t cry over spilled MILK.
  • Only two-handed MILKERS allowed.
  • No MILK buckets to be used with holes in the bottom.
  • Cows producing chocolate or strawberry MILK will be disqualified.
  • No pumping tails for extra MILK.
  • Turn the udder cheek and mooo-ve on.
  • Don’t forget to cow-nt your blessings every day.
  • Only LOVE beats MILK.
  • Got MILK?

Milk and Ice Cream Donated by Turkey Hill Dairy

Miss Howard County Farm Bureau Contest

Sponsored by Howard County Farm Bureau Women

Chairpersons - Danielle Bauer and Tess Gavagan
Sunday - 3:00 P.M., at the Show Pavilion
Agricultural Scholarship to Winner


  • Ages 16-19, and must be single.
  • Family must be Howard County Farm Bureau Member.
  • Contestants shall submit application to Committee.
  • Howard County Farm Bureau Women have the right to decide final eligibility.
  • Former winners are ineligible.
  • All contestants must abide by Rules of Score Cards.
  • Decision of the judges is final.

Future Howard County Farmer & Little Miss Howard County Farm Bureau Contest 


Howard County Farm Bureau Women and
Howard County Young Farmers

Chairpersons:  Danielle Bauer and Tess Gavagan

Sunday @ 3:00 P.M. in the Show Pavilion
(Intermission of Miss Howard County Farm Bureau Contest)

Cash Awards to All Participants!
Agricultural Scholarship to Winners


  • Boys and Girls, ages 8 – 11, as of August 1
  • Family must be a member of the Howard County Farm Bureau as of the date of the contest.
  • Contestants shall submit an application to the Committee, providing information regarding their involvement in agricultural, school and community activities.
  • Contestants must belong to 4-H, or participate in agricultural activity.  These could include gardening, food and nutrition, home economics, or animal project.
  • Each contestant must create a poster about their agricultural project, to be displayed throughout the fair.
  • Howard County Farm Bureau women have the right to decide final eligibility.
  • All contestants must abide by the Rules of Score Cards.
  • Dress for the Contest is “Sunday Best”.
  • Decision of the judges is final.