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ISSS-The Great Frederick Fair

For many students, visiting the Great Frederick Fair was the first time they had visited a county fair and experienced rural American culture. Participants tried on cowboy hats, pet farm animals, rode traditional carnival rides, and ate pulled pork sandwiches smothered in barbeque sauce.  

After standing for the National Anthem, students took out their cameras and snapped photos of a horse pull event. Strapped to sleds laden with heavy cinderblocks, teams of horses competed by dragging the sleds as far as possible before stopping. Many were fascinated by the uniqueness of the event. 

The fair’s focus is primarily farming and agriculture, which led to visiting many barns. Students saw cows, pigs, chickens and other farm animals. Some went close to pet the animals while others kept their distance and took pictures. As the sun began to set, students posed for a picture around a tractor. 

Food was a major attraction as there were so many options to choose from. Students lined up to buy funnel cakes topped with fruit, pulled pork sandwiches and chili, and snacked on ice cream as they toured the fair. For dessert, one student enjoyed a root beer float for the first time. 

The trip was sponsored by Road Trip USA, which is hosted by International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). The program provides AU students with monthly trips focused on exploring American multiculturalism. For more information on upcoming trips, email RoadTripUSA@american.edu.