As you know, the MD State Fair was cancelled this year resulting in a huge revenue loss for the MD State Fair & Agricultural Society. I am forwarding this donation appeal for you to consider helping them so they can continue their generous contributions to our community.
The longest standing institution in Timonium- The Maryland State Fair and Agricultural Society- needs our help. The pandemic has been particularly unkind to the Society and its associated activities. They have cancelled the 2020 Fair, except for the livestock shows, which provides the major source of revenue for the operation, two-thirds of their income. On top of that loss, many of the trade shows, like the Home Expo, have also fallen by the wayside, a double whammy.
Many of you may not know that the Maryland State Fair is a private, non-profit organization, a 501 (c) (3). Beside their main goal of educating about and promoting for Maryland agriculture, the State Fair organization does many things to benefit the local community, such as:
• Transforming the Cow Palace into a drive-thru COVID-19 testing Station
• Providing a Meal and Resource pick up site for County & City residents
• Hosting American Red Cross emergency blood drives
• Sponsoring a weekly farmers market for residents
• Acting as a staging area for out of state utility workers who come to Maryland in times of storm emergencies
• Offering their 600 stalls to State Veterinarians for emergency livestock shelter
That’s why I am encouraging you to make a donation to the “Maryland State Fair and Agricultural Society”. These donations should be sent to:
Maryland State Fair and Agricultural Society
Attn: Mr. Andy Cashman, general manager
P.O. Box 188
Timonium, MD 21094
Your donation will be acknowledged, in writing, and will include a receipt for tax purposes.
So, if you currently itemize your expenses for income tax purposes, you can add this to other charitable contributions that you make throughout the year. And if you are a standard deduction filer, 2020 offers you a unique chance to participate. The Cares Act, passed this Spring to help with pandemic relief, provides a one time, tax year 2020, opportunity for standard deduction filers to deduct up to $300 in charitable donations for this tax year. Your donation to the State Fair can be part, or all, of this $300 deduction!
We urge you to help the State Fair out in this time of need.