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  1. Entries are open to the general public of the Damascus area and surrounding communities

  2. This year the Fair is pleased to offer a $5.00 Special Premium to encourage more entries and exhibitors. One Special Premium will be awarded to each exhibitor in "Baked Goods and Candies, Section L."  The award is limited to one per exhibitor, and is not based on the number of entries. Exhibitors will continue to receive any ribbon premiums, as noted in General Rule and Regulations number 11.

  3. All entries (Section A-M, O-Q) will be accepted Thursday, September 7th, 4:00 - 8:00 PM.  Note: the entry process will be quicker if you list all entries and identify the Class by Section Letter and Number. Mailing address labels can be affixed to the entry tags.

  4. All persons making entries must keep the stub of the entry tag and return it to the person in charge when picking up the entry.

  5. Items entered incorrectly will be disqualified.

  6. Each exhibitor will be limited to one entry per class, unless otherwise stated

  7. All entries must have been grown/created/owned by the exhibitor within the past 12 months. No commercial products are to be judged in any class.

  8. Entries previously exhibited at the Damascus Community Fair are not eligible, unless otherwise stated.

  9. Classes may be added or altered as justified and approved by the appropriate Superintendent

  10. If there are less than three entries in a class, the cash prize and ribbons will be determined by the judges

  11. Ribbons will be placed on the exhibits and they must remain with the exhibits in the showroom until the final Sunday at 4:00 pm. NO ENTRIES WILL BE RELEASED BEFORE 4 PM.

  12. The Fair will be open to the public from 12 noon to 9:00 pm Friday, from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on Saturday, and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday.

  13. The Community Fair sponsors will do all in their power to safeguard the products exhibited, but in no case will they be responsible for any loss or damage that may occur.

  14. Exhibits must not be handled in any way while on display

  15. Premiums will be available from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Sunday, the final day of the fair. All premiums not collected become donations to the fair. NO PREMIUMS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED AFTER 6:00 PM.

  16. All exhibits must be removed by 6:00 pm Sunday, the final day of the Fair.  All exhibits left on Sunday night will be donated to charity. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Rules and Regulations: Programs


  • Pre-school: Under 5

  • Child: ages 5 - 12

  • Teen: ages 13 - 18

  • Adult: age 19 and over


Ribbons will be given as warranted for first, second, third, Champion and Grand Champion. Money premiums will be as follows providing revenue is available:

Grand Champion     $3.00 + Rosette

Champion                $2.75 + Purple Ribbon

First                          $2.50 + Blue Ribbon

Second                     $2.25+ Red Ribbon

Third                         $2.00 + White Ribbon

Special Awards         See catalog for details


  1. Livestock Entries (Beef, dairy, sheep, swine, goats, fowl, rabbits and small animals) are required to be mailed.

  2. Entries must be postmarked no later than August 25, 2023. No hand-delivered or late entries will be accepted.

  3. Forms may be obtained at Four County Animal Hospital, or call Shannon Sullivan (301-580-7547). 

  4. Please mail entries to: Damascus Community Fair, PO Box 531, Damascus MD 20872. 

  5. No pre-school age division entries.

  6. By authority of the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR), Exhibitor Requirements), the Maryland Department of Agriculture, Animal Health Program now requires that ALL cattle and swine exhibited during the 2023 Maryland Fairs and Shows season must have official USDA RFID Ear Tags.

  7. For Open Class questions contact Maryland Department of Agriculture at 410-841-5810.  For questions with 4-H contact David Gordon at 301-590-2813 or

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