2023 Undeniably Dairy Shake-Off

State Fair Park Stage
Friday, September 1st at 11:00 a.m.

A special thank you to the Maryland Farm Bureau for their support and involvement in the Shake-Off over the years!


Joanne Clendining 

Joanne is an actor and two-time Emmy Award winning host of Maryland Farm and Harvest, which airs on Maryland Public Television. When not in front of the camera, you can find her relaxing with her husband and dogs, singing and playing guitar in two different bands, or coaching clients who want to be on a healthier journey.


Kevin Atticks

MD Secretary of Agriculture

Don “Chief” Denmyer

MD State Fair Facilities & Operations Director

New This Year

Dairy Farm Kid Judge
Raelynn from Pheasant Echo’s Farm in Westminister, MD

Watch the episode below to learn more about Pheasant Echo’s Farm and the Stambaugh family!

Dairy Cow Shows

Cow Palace
August 31st and September 1st – Adult exhibitors
September 3th and 4th – 4-H exhibitors

Youth and adult exhibitors will compete in their respective breed and age divisions culminating with the selection of Supreme Champion of the Maryland State Fair! If you can’t join in-person, be sure to tune in to the livestream of the dairy shows on the Maryland State Fair Facebook page.

Holstein Futurity

Cow Palace
Thursday, August 31 at 7:00 p.m.

In this special competition, the spotlight shines on 3 year old Holstein dairy cows as they compete for the title of Ms. Futurity 2023! These cows were entered to show in this specific class when they were just calves and it’s an exciting evening to see how they have grown into productive dairy cows

2022 Maryland Holstein Futurity winner, Peace & Plenty Farm, Union Bridge, Md. Photo Credit: Cowsmopolitan 

U-Learn Ag Education Area

Open every day of the fair, the U-Learn Ag Education area has various displays and activities for fair-goers to learn more about dairy and agriculture in Maryland!

Be sure to visit our Maryland State Dairy Princess team as part of the U-Learn exhibit. They can answer all your questions about dairy products and dairy farming and have some fun giveaway prizes too!

New This Year: The 61st Maryland Dairy Princess Pageant

Cow Palace
Friday, September 1st at 7:00 p.m.

60th Maryland Dairy Princess Pageant

Maryland dairy promotion leaders are excited to announce the move of the Maryland Dairy Princess Contest to the Maryland State Fair! Taking place during the second of the fair’s three-weekend format, the contest will be part of “dairy weekend.” Local Dairy Princesses from seven regions of the state will compete for the state title with interviews and presentations over a two-day period, culminating in the pageant on Friday evening. Come out to meet and hear from the team of regional princesses who will work together to promote Maryland’s Official Beverage—Milk! And see who is named the 2023-2024 Maryland State Dairy Princess!

Relive the State Fair At Home

Our favorite part of the fair is the food! Relive it with these recipes, courtesy of our friends at Savor Recipes.