The Washington, D.C., State Fair will showcase the District’s creative and agricultural talents on September 24.Fair season is upon us, and many area residents probably don’t even realize that the District of Columbia has its own state fair! While the D.C. State Fair (in just its eighth year) isn’t as old as most state and county fairs, the event entertains and engages D.C. residents by celebrating its farmers, brewers, and bakers in more than a dozen contests. It also features games, live competitions, and performances by local artists. Contests are "the thing" at the D.C. State Fair and include everything from hula-hooping, the limbo, and dancing, to Sloppy Joe-eating, the men's whisker contest, and ladies' arm wrestling. Competitions also honor the "best of the best" in the fields of home brewing, honey-making, pie-making, and pickled foods, with bizarre gardening awards for the "Funkiest Looking Vegetable," "Heaviest Vegetable," and "Longest Vegetable." There are also unique competitions that you might not expect to see at a state fair -- like the new "Best Bud" contest which debuted last year amongst cannabis growers to see who cultivated the best strains of marijuana in the District.
Of course, fairgoers will have the chance to procure some of the goods brought by the vendors and contest participants, as well as enjoy traditional fair activities such as the pet parade, Kids' Corner, Education Stage, and the Main Stage, which will feature performances by area artists, Ska bands, and step groups. More than 30 exhibitors and food and drink vendors and will be on site with their products, as well as a few dozen governmental agencies and nonprofits. The fair is family-friendly, and though there are no carnival rides, kids will enjoy contests specifically designed for them, like ice cream-eating and watermelon seed-spitting. Perhaps the best part of the D.C. State Fair is that it's easy on the pocketbook -- admission is completely free! Just don't forget to bring money for vendor goods, food, and drinks. And while the fair is open to the public, only D.C. residents can participate in the contests. The celebration takes place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 24, at D.C.’s Waterfront Station (425 M Street Southwest). The nearest Metro stop is the Waterfront Station on the Green Line. The L’Enfant Plaza stop is also within walking distance. Visit D.C. State Fair's website for more info, and we'll see you there!