August 14, 2019: Field-Trip – to the Montgomery County Fairgrounds

On August 14 Mike Whalen will lead a late-afternoon/evening field-trip to the Montgomery County Fair in Gaithersburg, MD. This is an excellent opportunity to photograph colorful lights and carnival rides, award-winning farm animals, people having fun, and so much more.


A highlight will be to capture night photos of the many moving light-trails produced by the rides. Plan to stay well after dark. A tripod  is a must  for slow-shutter captures, and a wide-standard focal length zoom lens would be most useful.

We will plan to meet inside the fairgrounds around 4:00 PM, likely near the poultry house on Hickory Ave.  We will also plan to meet at 6:30 near the intersection of Red Oak St. and Maple Ave. to grab a quick bite at one of the nearby eateries. After that, we will migrate to the carnival area to photograph lights, rides, concessions, etc. (See map below.)

If your interested, please contact Mike via email (specialboardmember1-2019 “at” and include your cell phone number in case he needs to contact you.

The admission cost is $15 and parking is $10. There is plenty of parking, but car-pooling is always a good option.

The fair’s website:

Fairground Map:

A few photos taken at last year’s fair:

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