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ISSUE 80 • AUGUST 2013
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Summer restaurant weeks
Howard County Restaurant Week, through August 5
Baltimore Restaurant Week, July 26 – Aug. 4
Bethesda-Chevy Chase Restaurant Week, July 29 – Aug. 4
Baltimore County Restaurant Week, Aug. 9-25
Carroll County Restaurant Week, Aug. 18-25
Peach festivals
Berlin Peach Festival, Aug. 3, Calvin B. Taylor Museum, Worcester County
Kent Fort Farm Peach Festival, Aug. 3, Stevensville, Queen Anne’s County
Carroll County Farmers’ Market Peach Festival, Aug. 10, Agriculture Center, Westminster
Leitersburg Peach Festival, Aug. 10-11, Ruritan Community Park, Washington County
Peach Party Weekend, Aug. 10-11, Elkton, Cecil County Blessing of the Combines
Aug. 3
Snow Hill, Worcester County St. Mary’s County National Lawn Mower Racing
Aug. 2–3
Clements Md. State BBQ Bash
Aug. 9-10
Bel Air, Harford County Pirates & Wenches Fantasy Weekend
Aug. 9-11
Rock Hall, Kent County Caroline Summerfest
Aug. 16-17
Denton, Caroline County Ocean City Hotel Week
Aug. 18-29 Baltimore Summer Antiques Show
Aug. 22-25
Baltimore Convention Center C&O Canal Days
Aug. 22-25
Williamsport, Washington County BuckWild Outdoors Expo
Aug. 23-25
LaPlata, Charles County Maryland Renaissance Festival
Aug. 24-25, 31 (other dates through Oct. 20)
Crownsville (outside Annapolis) Grand Prix of Baltimore
Aug. 30 – Sept. 1 Labor Day Skipjack Races and Land Festival
Aug. 31 – Sept. 2
Deal Island Harbor
Somerset County

A visitor to a visitor's center with her dog.

National Dog Day is in August, which makes it a perfect time to have a relaxing day with a four-legged friend. Head out for a hike at any of the pet-friendly state parks. Towns throughout Maryland have parks where dogs can take their humans. Campgrounds, hotels, and B&Bs welcome pets and others welcome equine overnighters. A Yappy Hour greets the First Friday in Ellicott City. Then the Maryland State Fair showcases pets of all shapes and sizes.

Steamed crab on table Seafood festivals
Start with “the world’s largest crab feast” – 480 bushels of crabs at the Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast, Aug. 2 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. On the Eastern Shore, visit Seafood Feast-I-Val, Aug. 10 at Cambridge’s Sailwinds Park. Head to the Havre de Grace Seafood Festival (free admission), Aug. 9-11 with vendors, music, even a car show. The Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival is Aug. 17 at National Harbor. Back on the Shore, the 65th National Hard Crab Derby and Fair runs Aug. 29 – Sept. 1, at Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield.
Chesapeake Campaign logo Chesapeake Campaign
The Chesapeake Campaign commemorates the British invasion of Maryland during the War of 1812 with events throughout the state.  Honoring Our Heroes, Aug. 3-4, Grasonville, Queen Anne’s County, features re-enactments, and a program about enslaved people who left Kent Island to join the British troops. Lanterns will be hoisted in keeping with the legend of the Town that Fooled the British during  the Battle of St. Michaels, Aug. 10-11, Talbot County.  Riverdale Park will host the Battle of Bladensburg Encampment, Aug. 24 in Prince George’s County. Caulk’s Field Remembered at Inn at Mitchell House, Aug. 30 – Sept. 1, Chestertown, Kent County, includes live demonstrations, militia encampment, local and regional food, wine and beer.
County fair County fairs
Fairs are a wonderful expression of a county’s agrarian personality and are a great excuse to ride the Ferris wheel, eat cotton candy, visit with local farmers and purchase homemade treasures. 

Carroll County 4H and FFA Fair, July 27 – Aug. 2, Westminster
Garrett County Agricultural Fair, July 27 – Aug. 3, McHenry
Caroline-Dorchester County Fair, July 31 – Aug. 3, 4H Park, south of Denton
Howard County Fair, Aug. 3-10, West Friendship
Queen Anne’s County Fair, Aug. 12-17, 4H Park, Centreville
Montgomery County Fair, Aug. 9-17, Gaithersburg
Worcester County Fair, Aug. 10-12, Snow Hill
Maryland State Fair, Aug. 23 – Sept. 2, Timonium, Baltimore County
Civil War soldiers Civil War stories
Maryland’s Civil War heritage resonates in varied ways. Discover new perspectives on the past with these events and activities:

Aftermath of Gettysburg – Fort McHenry 1863
Aug. 3-4, Baltimore City
United States Colored Troops
Aug. 3-4, Monocacy National Battlefield Visitor Center, Frederick County
Civil War Encampment: 3rd Maryland Infantry
Aug. 10-11, Gathland State Park,
Burkittsville, Frederick County
Living History Weekend at Antietam
Aug. 10-11, Antietam National Battlefield,
Sharpsburg, Washington County
Thunder on the Mountain
Aug. 17-18, Fox’s Gap,
Boonsboro, Washington County
Martin O’Malley, Governor
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