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Photo Courtesy of Maryland State FairThe end of the summer brings back the Maryland’s long running annual fair, The Maryland State Fair, back to Timonium. There are many Maryland county fairs throughout the state, but the biggest fair of the year is the Maryland State Fair. The Maryland State Fair 2015  opens at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium on Friday, August 28th and runs through Labor Day, September 7th.  There are concerts, entertainment, agricultural exhibitions, thoroughbred horse racing, carnival rides and much more for all ages over the 11 days of the Maryland State Fair.

Maryland State Fair Concerts and Events

The Maryland State Fair has multiple stages throughout the fairgrounds for entertainment and attractions. Most of the entertainment is free with admission and includes local and regional bands and cover bands. However there are a few concerts on the Racetrack Infield that require an additional fee. These include R5 and Bea Miller on September 4th, Fifth Harmony on September 5th and the Latino Music Festival on September 6th.

There are many events for the entire family at the Maryland State Fair 2015. Check the daily calendar for specific dates and times of the events. There will be bull riding and barrel racing demonstrations, a sand sculpture competition, pony races, live thoroughbred horse racing and of course agricultural exhibits. There are daily pig races and don’t miss a visit to goat mountain to see goats in their natural habitat! The Maryland State Fair is celebrating the Baltimore Ravens with Ravens Day September 2nd to 4th. You can meet former players, cheerleaders and cheer on the team during a large viewing party of their last pre-season game.  The Maryland State Fair has exciting carnival rides and amazing fair foods.

Agricultural events have always been the basis for the Maryland State Fair. The fair offers two types of livestock events: 4-H Club competition and an open class livestock competition, which is opened to any participant in the state. These competitions involve everything from home arts (baking, floral arrangements, quilting) to farm and garden to horses, cows and other livestock. The daily agriculture activities, competitions and events are listed on the agriculture schedule of events.

The Maryland State Fairgrounds

The Timonium Fairgrounds has been the home of The Maryland State Fair since the late 1800’s. The fair can be traced back to 1831, when Amon Bosley constructed a one mile horse racing track in the Lutherville/Timonium area. Various competing fairs and gatherings were held for the next 45 years until a committee, called the Agricultural Society of Baltimore County, purchased a 37 acre plot of land in Timonium to specifically hold a fair. The first fair was opened in 1879. In 1906, the Agricultural Society of Baltimore County Fair and the Pimlico Fair combined to form the Maryland State Fair. The fair ran continuously until 1942, when it was paused for the duration of World War II. The fair resumed in 1946. Today, the Maryland State Fairgrounds have increased to 100 acres with multiple buildings such as the 4-H/Home Arts Building, Cow Palace, Exhibition Hall, the race track grandstand and more. The fairgrounds is home to many festivals and exhibitions throughout the year.

ezStorage is very proud to have our business in Maryland! Stop by any of our Maryland storage unit facilities to find out how we can help you with all of your personal and business storage needs! Until then, have enjoy the Maryland State Fair!

 

Labor Day Events in Washington DC 2015

Labor Day is the annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of the American work force. It is celebrated on the first Monday in September as a day off for all American workers. The holiday has its origins during the industrial revolution during the late 1880s. The extreme working conditions for young and old workers caused the labor force to join together to improve working conditions for all. Labor Day was established as an official holiday in 1887 by the state of Oregon and other states soon followed. By 1894, 23 states had adopted the holiday to honor workers and soon after, Congress declared the first Monday in September as a national holiday entitling laborers to a day off. Today, Labor Day is celebrated as the “unofficial last day of summer” with picnics, parades and fireworks displays. 

There are many Labor Day Weekend events in the Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. areas from free concerts to book fairs to The Maryland State Fair.  You can also take in a Washington Nationals game at Nationals Park.  Here is a list of just a few of the Labor Day events going on in the Baltimore, Northern Virginia, and Washington D.C. areas over the long weekend:

Labor Day Events in the Baltimore Area

Old Towne Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade

The 77th Annual Old Towne Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade is one of the oldest Labor Day parades in the area. The parade kicks off at 1pm on Monday, September 7th, rain or shine, in downtown Gaithersburg. The parade features ethnic dance groups, antique cars, fire trucks, high school marching bands, equestrian units, community groups and much more.

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

The Greenbelt Labor Day Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland will be celebrating its 61st year in 2015. It started as a fundraiser to build a Youth Center in 1955 and has been going strong ever since. The week-long celebration includes carnival rides and games, entertainment, food, art exhibits and demonstrations, and sports activities for all ages. The Labor Day Parade will take place at 10am on Monday, September 7th running along Crescent Road from Green Hill Road to Centerway.

Maryland State Fair

The Maryland State Fair runs from August 28th through Labor Day, September 7th. There is plenty to see and do over the holiday weekend. Don’t miss out on the many events including agricultural contests, entertainment on multiple stages, thoroughbred horse racing, pig racing, carnival rides and fair food! The fair takes place at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

National Hard Crab Derby

The National Hard Crab Derby is an annual Labor Day weekend event at Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield, Maryland. This is a unique crab themed event with crab races, crab cooking and picking contests. There are carnival rides, entertainment, crab themed arts and crafts, fireworks and a parade.

 

Northern Virginia Labor Day Weekend Events

Virginia Scottish Games and Festival

The Virginia Scottish Games and Festival takes place September 5th and 6th at The Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia. The Festival features Highland Games Athletics events, dancing, sheep-herding, a fiddling competition, an antique car show, whiskey tasting, children’s activities and men in kilts!

Herndon Labor Day Festival

Herndon, Virginia hosts the Herndon Labor Day Festival on Monday, September 7th from 11am to 5pm in downtown Herndon on Herndon Town Green. There will be entertainment, a craft show, food, a microbrew, wine and culinary demonstrations and much more.

 

Labor Day Events in Washington D.C.

Labor Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol

The National Symphony Orchestra will host the annual Labor Day on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building on Sunday, September 6th at 8pm.  The free concert will feature vocalist Kate Davis and the Soldiers’ Chorus of the United States Army Field Band. The orchestra will perform a selection of patriotic music as well as selections from TV shows, movies and Broadway musicals.

National Book Festival

The Library of Congress is sponsoring the National Book Festival from 10am to 10pm on Saturday, September 5th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The event is free and open to the public. There will be over 175 award winning authors, illustrators and poets in attendance for the events. Some of the authors at this year’s event are David McCullough, Tom Brokaw, Buzz Aldrin and David Baldacci.  Visitors can get books signed by their favorite author, attend readings as well as attend special entertainment, poetry and film programs.  There are also many family friendly events taking place on the Expo floor.

D.C. Blues Festival

The 27th Annual D.C. Blues Festival  will take place on Saturday September 5th from noon to 7:30pm at the Carter Barron Amphitheater in Washington D.C.  The festival is free and open to the public. There will be live blues performances by local, regional and national acts, blues music workshops, and family and children friendly activities.

The ezStorage self storage locations in Maryland and Northern Virginia will be accessible during our regular gate hours.  The offices at the locations will be closed on Labor Day Monday. Enjoy the “last weekend of summer” events with family and friends!

 

college student storage solutionsClasses at universities and colleges in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. areas will be starting in the next two weeks! Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Howard University in Washington D.C., McDaniel College in Westminster and Morgan State University in Baltimore all start their fall semester classes on August 24th. University of Maryland Baltimore County(UMBC) in Catonsville and Towson University in Towson students start classes on August 26th. John Hopkins University  in Baltimore starts back the next day on August 27th. Many area universities start their classes on August 31st including the University of Maryland at College Park, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, George Washington University in Washington D.C., Loyola University of Maryland in Baltimore, American University in Washington D.C., Bowie State University in Bowie and Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. The last university in the area to head back to school is Georgetown University on September 2nd.

Storage Units for College Students

College students face a variety of challenges which are completely different than when they were in high school. Their freshman college year is full of new experiences, challenges and adjustments. One of the biggest challenges for college freshmen is adjusting to sharing a very small space with one or more roommates. Dorm rooms can be very small, some averaging only 300 square feet, so storage space needs to be optimized as much as possible. When there is little room for storage in a dorm, a great year-round college student storage solution is renting a self storage unit.  A self storage unit is a terrific year-round student storage solution for extra furniture, bedding, books, athletic equipment and seasonal clothing that does not fit in the small amount of space in a dorm room. 

College Back to School Checklist

College students typically start off the school year with fewer personal belongings, but gather more “stuff” as the school year (and years) progress. ezStorage created the “Ultimate College Back-to-School Packing Guide” to provide college students and their parents a back to school checklist and storage guide.  The college dorm supplies list recommends under the bed storage bins, which are great out-of-the-way storage options. But, as students accumulates more items, they can run out of storage room sooner. Instead of having a cluttered dorm room, a great storage option is to rent a storage unit.

Most self storage facilities, including ezStorage, rent their storage units on a month-by-month basis, which is perfect for students who are on a budget. ezStorage facilities offer specialized state-of-the-art security systems and digital keypad gate and building access giving students the peace of mind that their belongings are secure while in storage. ezStorage has college student storage unit sizes ranging from 5’x5’ to 10’x30’ to cover any student’s storage needs.  Also, ezStorage offers climate controlled storage units, which can protect those special items which require a certain temperature range.  

 

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