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Jack bests Jill for cat crown at Ag Expo

August 04, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

When Jack and Jill went paw to paw to win the prize for tabby, Jack stepped up and won the crown and Jill came tumbling after.

Jack the cat, who impressed the judges with his silver tabby coat, won Grand Champion in the open class cat show at the Ag Expo Sunday at the Washington County Agriculture Educational Center.

Jill, who weighed about 10 pounds more than Jack, took first place in her class and was champion of the 4-H division before losing to Jack in the champion cat fight. Jill is owned by Briana Lee, 12, of Sharpsburg.

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Jack, who tucked his face into the crossed arms of his owner, Anita Rhoderick, usually is playful, but was shy around the judge.

Rhoderick, 19, of Funkstown, said she got Jack more than six months ago from the Humane Society.

Model B gets around


William H. McLean Sr.'s shiny 1932 Ford Model B finally got around to making its first appearance at the Ag Expo Sunday.

McLean, 86, of Hagerstown, said his "pride and joy" car won the National First Prize in 1987 at the annual Antique Automobile Club of America competition.

He paid $75 for the car in 1960 after stumbling across it in the woods. It since has been featured in the annual Hagerstown Mummers' Parade, and at weddings and graduations.

Pulling her weight


At 75 pounds, 8-year-old Samantha Muller managed to pull more than her weight in farm equipment Sunday at the Ag Expo.

The Hampstead, Md., girl, whose head was stuffed in a shiny black helmet, dragged 7,000 pounds of steel while riding a 1961 Cub Cadet tractor at the day's garden tractor pull.

Samantha, with the motivation of her father and uncle, dragged the weight about 88 feet before yanking back the brake. The tractor bobbled her to a complete stop.

After pulling off her helmet, revealing ears double pierced with silver hoops, Samantha said she likes driving and can't wait until she gets her driver's license.

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