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'Dig' potatoes? Spud Fest at museum Saturday

August 24, 2004

The Friends of Washington County Rural Heritage Museum will hold the second annual Spud Fest on Saturday, Aug. 28, beginning at 10 a.m.

Potatoes planted this past spring will be harvested after the ground is turned by a horse-drawn plow.

All are invited to the event to help pick up the potatoes. Prizes will be awarded to children for the largest, smallest, most unusually-shaped, and most potatoes picked up. Other children's activities include face painting and balloon sculpting.

The harvested potatoes will be used to demonstrate how homemade potato chips are made. A free picnic lunch will be served.

The museum, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., has on display an authentic country store, an original Conestoga wagon and various pieces of 19th century farm equipment and farmhouse items. The current special feature is a barn cupola display.

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The museum is at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, about seven miles south of Hagerstown on Md. 65.

Admission to the museum and to Spud Fest is free, but donations are welcome. For more information, call 240-313-2839.

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