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There are 23 counties in Maryland, and only one straddles both sides of the great Chesapeake Bay. In fact, it’s where the bay begins.

Conveniently located north on Interstate 95 from Baltimore and Washington, make it your next getaway destination. In addition to the bay, quaint towns, wonderful foodie destinations and other points of interest, several upcoming events make it bubble up to the top of your list. Check these out.

For history lovers

Mt. Harmon Plantation’s National Revolutionary War Reenactment Festival will take place Oct. 12 and 13. This festival has the largest autumn Revolutionary War reenactment in the nation and features more than 500 re-enactors, colonial craft vendors and merchants and living history activities for the whole family to enjoy. It’s a great way to enjoy some time-traveling fun and see history come to life. Each day features colonial merchants, military skirmishes and battles, tactical demonstrations and drills, and of course, a full-fledged Revolutionary War Encampment of both British “loyalists” and the “patriots” (the good guys, continental and militia groups) will be on hand. The public will be able to tour the encampments, shop at the colonial market faire, enjoy children’s activities, hearth cooking and living history demonstrations, manor house tours, food and beverage vendors and more. There is free parking and a shuttle bus and admission is only $5 with free admission for children 12 and under..

For horse lovers

Fair Hill International is Oct. 17-20. Since 1989, Fair Hill International has offered one of the most prestigious international three day events in the world, located at the Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area in beautiful Fair Hill, Md. Eventing is the ultimate test of a horse and rider and has been referred to as the triathlon of equestrian sport. Through tests in dressage, cross country and show jumping ,the horse and rider work together to show that they can compete in the most demanding and highest levels of equestrian sports.

The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI-L 3 and CCI-L 4 events are, essentially, two separate three-day eventing competitions. The CCI-L 4 riders jump slightly larger fences and have a more challenging dressage test. The CCI-L 3 event is designed to qualify horses and riders for 4* competitions. The CCI-L 4 event is one of only five 4* events in the USA. Horses and riders who do well in the 4* event may qualify to compete internationally or at the Olympics or World Championships.

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Competition begins on Thursday with dressage for the Young Event horses (four and five year olds) and some of the CCI competitors. Friday is the jumping phase for the USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championship, and the final day of dressage for the CCI competitors.

Saturday is the very exciting and most popular day of cross country, where horses and riders complete a course of solid fences and water obstacles. The course is nearly four miles long and is the ultimate test of endurance and stamina. CCI-L 3 horses run the course in the morning, while 4* horses run in the afternoon. Sunday is the final day of competition. Horse and rider combinations compete in the Show Jumping phase, where they jump obstacles in an arena. Penalties are collected for knocking down a fence, falling or exceeding the allowed time. The horse and rider with the fewest number of penalties over all three phases is the winner. Other activities include kids’ corner, vendor tents, dog agility, Frisbee dogs, Chincoteague pony drill team, food and more.

More attractions

Discover charming small towns, parks with miles of trails, specialty and antique shops, award-winning restaurants and inns. You can hike, bike, camp, bird watch, ride horseback or drop a fishing line. Catch the action at the casino or at a family fun event. Five rivers, Chesapeake Bay and the C&D Canal can be explored by boat or by land. Experience panoramic views from Turkey Point Lighthouse on a bluff overlooking the Bay, or from the banks of the C&D Canal where ships from around the globe cruise.

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