Spring has arrived, and with it the Laurel Fair, which opens April 15 at Laurel Park Racetrack in Laurel, Md. The fair, which provides unusual but amazing entertainment, will be open on weekends and will run through May 1.

This year there will be over 100 attractions for customers to enjoy, from rides such as The Orbiter, Wacky Worm Roller Coaster and The Giant Wheel, to an extraordinary educational session with animal rescuer and trainer Michael Sandloffer. There will be a showcase of the proclaimed World’s Largest Horse, and also sessions where an Arabian stallion will walk across a 60 foot arena on his hind legs. No matter how young or old the amusement seeker is, organizers said, there will be multiple attractions to keep them entertained.

Fair manager Ron Weber states, “The Laurel Fair is a family-friendly event that while it is especially fun for kids, people of all ages will enjoy the Great American Frontier Show, the Wolves of the World Show and the Old West Theatre, and no one will want to miss Lance Gifford’s Magic and Illusion Show with his amazing illusions and sleight of hand tricks. Everyone loves fair food like funnel cakes, corn dogs and gyros.”

For those that maybe a little skeptical and feel that all fairs and carnivals are created equal, Weber wants them to know something else.

“The Laurel Fair will be more fun than people expect. It will offer families a variety of entertainment and performances, thrilling amusement rides, and traditional fair food, and the fireworks on Saturday night will be spectacular, a real treat for people of all ages.”

The Laurel Fair will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, April 15-17, April 22-24 and April 29-May 1. Gates open at 5 p.m. on Fridays and 12 p.m. on all other days. The fair closes at midnight every day. Admission to the Laurel Fair is $8. Buy one get one free admission coupons are available at www.LaurelFair.com. For a schedule of events, directions and for vendor information, please visit www.LaurelFair.com or call (631) 920-2738.

Blake Bryson