Farm Fair week has arrived in Harford County.
Although the 2011 Harford County Farm Fair doesn't officially open until Thursday morning, there is plenty being done in preparation for the event, which runs through Sunday evening at the Harford County Equestrian Center, 608 N. Tollgate Road in Bel Air.
This past Sunday, the fair committee held its first ever pre-fair events at the fairgrounds on the Harford County Equestrian Center, a 5K run and a Buy Local Farmers Market. Both were well attended in spite of the heat wave that roasted the county over last weekend.
Monday morning, it was back to getting the fairgrounds ready for the assortment of animal and home arts exhibits, tractor pulls, pig races, Dock Dogs jumping and other events that have before Farm Fair staples.
Tuesday and Wednesday are the days when 4H exhibitors and contestants bring their livestock, produce and other home arts entries to the fairgrounds and get things set up, as do vendors.
The fair opens to the public at 10 a.m. Thursday. The fair is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
The annual prayer breakfast to kick off the fair is Thursday at 7 a.m. in the main pavilion. The Miss Harford County Farm Bureau pageant will be Thursday at 6 p.m. in the main pavilion.
Admission is $8 daily for adults, $3 for children ages 5-11 and free for children 4 and under. Seniors age 60 and above get in for $5 daily. Senior Day Thursday will feature special gifts for visitors age 60 and over. Military with ID are admitted for $3 on Sunday.
This year there is no public parking permitted in the lots along Tollgate Road, which are reserved for fair personnel and exhibitors only. Patrons are asked to park at the remote lots and use the free shuttle buses which will operate continuously from 8 a.m. each day until the evening when the last person leaves the fairgrounds.
Remote parking for the public is available at Bel Air High School, Fallston High School Patterson Mill High School and Vale Road, with access from Vale Road only.
For more information, visit the farm fair website at http://www.farmfair.org.