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Spud Fest returns for potato harvest celebration

August 26, 2004|by ANDREA ROWLAND

SHARPSBURG - The Washington County Rural Heritage Museum will sponsor Spud Fest - a celebration of old-fashioned potato farming - in conjunction with the antique tractor show at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center near Sharpsburg.

The event - which will start at 10 a.m. Saturday - will feature the digging of potatoes by a horse-drawn plow. Families are encouraged to help pick up the potatoes, with prizes awarded to youngsters for the most, largest, smallest and most unusually shaped potatoes collected. Other children's activities will include face painting and balloon sculpting.

The harvested potatoes will be used for a demonstration of how potato chips are made. A free picnic lunch will follow.

The museum will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can view an authentic country store, original Conestoga wagon, various pieces of 19th-century farm equipment and a special barn cupola exhibit.

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For more information, call 240-313-2839.

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