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Sput Fest draws more than 300

October 12, 2004

More than 300 people turned out recently for the second annual Spud Fest at the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum near Sharpsburg.

The Aug. 28 event featured a potato harvest using horse-drawn equipment and the power of more than 60 children walking the rows and picking up the potatoes. The spuds were used to make potato chips, which were offered to all.

Event organizers, the Friends of the Rural Heritage Museum, livened up the harvest by offering special awards for special potato finds.

Among the winners were:

· Kriste Green and Chris Rumsford, for finding the oddest shape spuds;

· Shane Burkett, for finding the largest potato;

· Autumn Olson, for coming up with the smallest spud.

More than 30 museum volunteers and friends, plus a dozen 4-H members from the Benevola, Downsville and Sharpsburg 4-H clubs helped with the event.

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In addition to the potato chips, which were made in an open kettle, a free lunch was provided. This included homemade ice cream - 12 gallons of it - that was made there that day by six teams using handcranked ice cream makers.

There was also special entertainment for the children. Dawn Cooper did face painting and Dean Burkett did balloon sculpting.

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