August 22 - 25 | August 29 - September 2 | September 5 - 8


Open Class Farm & Garden

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William A. Langlotz, Superintendent

Carrie Sellman, Asst. Superintendent

Entry Information

Individuals may pre-enter by mail on a printed Entry Form (Maryland State Fair, P.O. Box 188, Timonium, MD 21094) OR via Online Entry System (Online Entries are now closed).  

All Open Class Home Arts, Farm & Garden & Livestock Competitions will utilize the same Online Entry System (Online Entries are now closed). This means one username, password, and user fee for all Open Class Entries.

General Rules

Passes: Exhibitor Passes will not be issued because there are no entry fees.

Enter Before July 31st: Entry Forms are below and mailed to: Superintendent, Farm & Garden Department, P.O. Box 188, Timonium, MD 21094-0188. Or enter your Farm & Garden entries REGISTER ONLINE HERE (Online Entries are now closed)!
**This year the Open Class Home Arts, Farm & Garden & Livestock will utilize the same system.
This means one username, password and user fee for all Open Class.** 

Computer Entry Tag: A Computer Entry Tag will be ready for each exhibit you have pre-entered when you arrive with your exhibits.

Exhibits Received (Please Read Carefully – Dates and Times Have Changed!):

Sections A through G received TBA.

Section H–Christmas Trees received TBA.

Section I–Homebrew received TBA.

Section J-Flowers received according to the following schedule:

First Flower Show-Potted Plants: TBA.
Classes J1-J113 (Note:  Entries will only be accepted at these times)

Second Flower Show-Gladiolus & Dahlias: TBA.
Classes J400-J494 (Note:  Entries will only be accepted at these times)

Third Flower Show-Fresh Flowers:  TBA.
Classes J200-J291 (Note:  Entries will only be accepted at these times)

Fourth Flower Show-Roses: TBA.
Classes J300-J374 (Note:  Entries will only be accepted at these times)

Section K–Fall Flower & Vegetable Show received TBA.


Exhibits in Sections A, B, C, D, F, and G will be judged on Tuesday, August 20, 2024.  Sections H and J will be judged according to their individual arrival times.  Section E will be judged on Saturday, August 24, 2024.  Section I will be judged on Sunday, August 18, 2024.  Section K will be judged on Thursday, September 5, 2024.

Judges Decision: The judges’ decisions are final. Judges have the right to reject any exhibit if deemed not worthy of an award, and judges also have the right to award a lower prize at their discretion.

Ties: In the event of a tie, each exhibitor involved will be awarded an appropriate ribbon. The exhibitors concerned will share the amount of money equally.

Special Awards: The Fair President’s Award may be awarded by the Maryland State Fair President for an entry deserving special notice.  A Special Award ribbon may be awarded when the judges believe that an entry deserves special notice.


Exhibits Released:  Exhibits will be released on Monday, September 9, 2024, from 9AM to 7PM.  Exhibitors must present the “Claim Check” from their computer entry tag to claim exhibits.  All unclaimed exhibits become the property of the Maryland State Fair.

Early Removal: Exhibits removed before official release time will result in forfeiture of ribbons and premiums.

*The Fair is not responsible for lost or damaged items.

2024 Premium Books

2024 Farm & Garden Intro
2024 Section A – Grain, Hay, Farm Crops & Tobacco
2024 Section B – Fruits
2024 Section C – Vegetables
2024 Section D – Honey & Wax
2024 Section E – Wine
2024 Section F – Meats, Dairy Products & Eggs
2024 Section G – Wool & Fleece
2024 Section H – Christmas Trees
2024 Section I – Home Brew
2024 Section I – Home Brew Bottle Identification Form
2024 Section J – Flowers & Plants
2024 Section K – Fall Show
Hellen Burns Smyth Award

2024 Competitions Schedule
2024 Full Fair Program

Hotel Partners

The following hotel partners have graciously offered discounted rates for our Exhibitors. If you need lodging, we encourage you to take advantage of their gracious offers. The rooms must be booked directly using the booking links to receive the discounted rates.


Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society, Inc., thank you for your contribution to our non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. Your generous gift will help us to provide agricultural education to youth and the public throughout Maryland and surrounding states, and to give support to the agriculture industry for its future. We could not continue our mission without you!

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