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Few flock to first night of fair, but fun abounds...

Maybe a few hundred people were attending the Anne Arundel County Fair last night, Wednesday, September 15, at one point, leaving many of the rides with plenty of room for passengers, and all the nook and crannies of the fairground waiting to be explored.

The fair did open in the middle of a work week and there was some rain in the forecast which may have accounted for the light attendance. But with many exciting rides, an ample food selection, and farm and livestock exhibits, it could well be attendence may rise.

Those attending Wednesday night got something of a treat--a carnival, engaging exhibits and wonderful animals of all kinds to visit--almost all to themselves! For those of a certain age it might bring to mind Chevy Chase's visit to Wally World in the movie "National Lampoon's Vacation."

One event that definitely peaked public interest were the pig races, held a bit later than scheduled last night. Spectators gathered in the bleachers to introduce the racing pig with entertaining names that melded human celebrities with pork-related terminology. (Think "Arnold Pork-sanatter" and "Scarlet Jo-hog-son").

The kids attending especially seemed to enjoy the pig races, vying to be the sponsor of each of the two or three pigs that were competing. Winning children received a badge of honor. The pigs themselves were racing for an Oreo cookie treat at the end of the fenced in race way. Even putting obstacles, like hurdles, in the way of the hogs did not keep them from sprinting to their prize.

The Fair runs until Sunday, September 19. Upcoming events include concerts, a livestock auction, of course more pig races--and much more. Admission for those 10 and over is $10 while those younger than that get in free. Wristbands to ride the rides are $15 Thursday, but that price goes up to $30 starting Friday. Individual tickets are also available. For more info on what happening this week at the fairgrounds click here.

It's hard to beat a day or night of entertainment for just $10 a head, and if you have little ones it's even less. Deep fried Oreos, funnel cake, and fresh squeezed lemonade are awaiting your palette as are other traditional fair delicacies.

And the camel on scene is waiting for a scratch behind the ear, the electric bull is waiting for riders, and there's a seat waiting at a concert just for you. The list goes on, but you get the picture-this year's fair is fun!