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Egg-tossing event coming here

Competition to be held after May 1 Suns game

Competition to be held after May 1 Suns game

April 28, 2005

The Hagerstown Suns, together with the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum, have announced that Hagerstown's Municipal Stadium will be the site for the first-ever National Egg Toss Championships.

The National Egg Toss Championships will take place on Sunday, May 1, immediately following the Suns home game against the Kannapolis Intimidators. The Suns game begins at 1:35 p.m.

"This is yet another excellent event that puts Hagerstown and Washington County on the map nationally," said Tom Riford, president and CEO of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. "As this annual event grows, we anticipate that thousands of people will travel to Hagerstown and Municipal Stadium to watch the competition or to actually compete."

In addition to the National Egg Toss Championships, the Suns will be hosting a number of agriculture-related events at their May 1 game including:

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· Pre-game cow milking contests featuring local dignitaries and Suns players;

· Hog-calling contests between innings;

· Petting Zoo.

"I want Hagerstown and Washington County to be known as the Egg Tossing Capital of the World," said Suns General Manager Kurt Landes. "Egg tossing deserves its place in the world of sport, too. The Suns are thrilled to be hosting these phenomenal world-class athletes. Plus, what a great way to kick off National Egg Month."

For the event's inaugural year, local competitors and egg toss amateurs are being encouraged to participate as well. Suns fans and local egg tossers are encouraged to register with the Suns in advance or simply the day of the event at Municipal Stadium.

Teams of two are necessary to compete in the event that features an initial practice round as well as the official championship round. There is no age limit for participants, nor is there a registration fee - other than attending the Suns home game. Sauder's Eggs, of Lititz, Pa., will be providing the eggs for the national event.

The Hagerstown Suns are the single A affiliate of the New York Mets. For more information about the game or the egg tossing event, contact the Suns at 301-791-6266 or at info@hagerstownsuns.com. The Suns are owned by Los Angeles-based Mandalay Baseball Properties.

The Washington County Rural Heritage Museum is a co-host of the event. The museum has helped coordinate the animals; including arranging for the world-class cows being utilized for the milking contest. The museum is on Sharpsburg Pike, south of Hagerstown, and is a depository of agricultural-related historical items. In addition to honoring the County's history, the Rural Heritage Museum is dedicated to furthering Washington County's present rural status. Agriculture remains an essential element in the life and economy of Washington County. By celebrating its past, museum organizers hope to contribute to its prosperous future.

Washington County is rich in agricultural heritage. There are more than 770 farms in Washington County, according to the Maryland Farm Bureau and the Maryland Department of Planning. These farms total to more than 125,000 acres of land. Progressive Farmer Magazine ranked Washington County as the highest ranked Maryland County in the Southeast United States as a Best Place To Live In Rural America. Overall, Washington County ranked 12th in the 13-state South Eastern U.S. Region. Also, Washington County was ranked 71st overall in the U.S. (out of 600 rural counties).

The Washington County Rural Heritage Museum is located at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center, on Md. 65 (Sharpsburg Pike), just two miles north of the main entrance to Antietam National Battlefield. It is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. from April through October - other times as announced or by appointment. For more information about the museum, call 240-313-2839.

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