August 10, 2022

Upcoming County Agricultural Fair That Will Be Held Aug. 12-20 Is Focus of Latest Edition of ‘What’s Happening MoCo’ Podcast

Much goes into a year’s worth of planning to create the annual Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, which this year will be held Aug. 12-20 at the fairgrounds in Gaithersburg. A lot will become evident when the fair springs to life with rides, attractions, animal displays and the best of garden products and homemade goods. However, what goes on to pull it all together is interesting on its own—and that will be the focus as Marty Svrcek, executive director of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fairgrounds, is the featured guest on the next edition of the What’s Happening MoCo podcast.

The new episode will be available starting Thursday, Aug. 11—one day before the fair begins. The podcast will be available via popular podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts at, Spotify, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Google Podcasts and others.

From ‘Music on Maple” to “Touch a Truck” to the literally “Cool Chilly Mall,” the podcast will address new attractions and hidden gems about this year’s fair—and some of the history behind the event that was first held in 1945.

Among the special features of this year’s fair will be a Reggae band performing Saturday evening; a motorcycle stunt show, drag races, big trucks up close and opportunities to learn about farm animals and technology.

The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair was born out of the desire of 4-H leaders to provide a show for the 4-H members in the County. The fair was designed to allow the 4-H members to exhibit their prize livestock, garden products and home economics projects. The Montgomery County Fair is now one of the largest county fairs in Maryland. It operates with the help of more than 2,000 volunteers each year.

For more information about this year’s Fair, visit

Throughout this year’s MoCoFair, What’s Happening MoCo’s host, Derrick Kenny, will be near the Pepco/Exelon stage. He will be recording interviews live onsite, engaging with residents and working with the Montgomery Connects’ digital equity team to share information about affordable broadband, free technology training and more.

The on-demand video of the newest episode can be viewed via the What’s Happening MoCo Facebook page at

In past episodes, What’s Happening MoCo has featured guests on a wide variety of subjects. The guests have included elected officials, Montgomery employees who specialize in specific aspects of government, business leaders and entertainers who live in the County. New podcasts are released twice a month. The What’s Happening MoCo podcast is a product of the County’s Department of Technology and Enterprise Business Solutions.

Residents interested in asking a question or suggesting a topic to be addressed in a future episode are encouraged to engage via the Facebook page or via e-mail at

What’s Happening MoCo podcast episode archives can be accessed by visiting the podcast’s webpage at