It was closed Tuesday afternoon due to inclement weather.
The Great Frederick Fair for 2012 is expected to reopen on Wednesday morning at 9:00. Officials canceled the Fair on Tuesday afternoon due to the inclement weather. All exhibitions, displays and carnival operations were shut down as a result of the heavy rains and high winds.
The operator of the Birthing Center, Matt Routzahn, says in anticipation of the bad weather, he had the calves returned to the farm. "We could have some water pushed through the tent if we get a flash flood or anything like that," he says. "We just want to make sure they're going to be safe so we took them back to the farm."
Routzahn also says two heifers are expecting, and they're being kept nice and warm in the center tent.
Food vendor Chuck Staley says this is not the first time he had to close while at the Fair due to the weather. "We had a hurricane back eight or ten years ago where we had to shut down because of the wind and the rain, and the Fair just shut down completely," he says. "But the next day, we opened back up."
That was in 2003, when Hurricane Isabel came to Frederick. By the time it got here, it was downgraded to a tropical storm. At that time, a carnival operator let a ferris wheel spin freely in the wind, rather than secure it.
Benjamin Nicholson, who operates a lemonade stand at the Fair, wasn't too happy about Tuesday's weather. It's "gloomy and the wind and tents are blowing around, and flags are flying real good. It's just raining," he said. But Nicholson said he planned to stay open. "Even if it's a tornado warning, we'll still be open," he says.
He too had to close on Tuesday due to the weather.