Sights and sounds from 25th annual Ag Expo

July 25, 2005|by KAREN HANNA

Paul Wyand's 1969 Dodge Super Bee would hardly fit under a Christmas tree, but he and several other exhibitors at a show Sunday said their cars all were intended as gifts.

"I got it for him when I retired from the bank," said Barbara Wyand, 71, as the couple sat near the back of the sparkling powder-blue Super Bee.

She said the couple, of Keedysville, can remember a time when the Super Bee might not have turned heads. The car's original owners, the couple has owned it twice, she said.

The car and dozens of others attracted admirers tramping back and forth from the parking lot Sunday during the 25th annual Washington County Ag Expo.


"It was just an old car. It was our car originally, and we got back after was it four or five owners?" Wyand asked her husband.

She tracked the car down to an owner in Middletown, Md. The owner was looking to sell. That was in 1996.

Harry Rice, 62, of Hagerstown, also plans to keep one of his classic cars in the family. "Ruby," a 1968 Pontiac Firebird convertible, is his daughter's - as soon as she wants it.

"She's now 30, and when she's ready to take it, it's hers," he said.

All that generosity could hardly go unnoticed.

"Yeah, that was quite a Christmas, believe me, the best," Wyand said, his prodigal car gleaming anew Sunday afternoon.

A white and green lasso swirling from his hands, Justin Davis looks like a cowboy.

A passer-by might call him that, but Justin is quick to point out his steed is really a steer.

"I'm actually just sitting on him, and I'm hooking him up like I would a horse," 11-year-old Justin said as he sat aboard a red, mixed-breed steer Sunday at the 25th annual Washington County Ag Expo.

Cracker Jack was tranquil, chewing his cud, as Justin, of Williamsport, tried to ring a neighboring black steer with the loop of his halter.

At the other side of the barn, McCall Griffith showed her love for her animals with full belly hugs as they laid in their hay in the mid-afternoon heat.

"I like to play with my cows and lay down on them," McCall, 8, of Boonsboro, said as the barn's big fans whirled.

For 4-H members, Ag Expo week is a long goodbye.

Justin, 11, said his father has tried to discourage him from riding Cracker Jack.

That's because Lance Davis knows what happens at the end of the week.

"They get really attached, and then they get real upset and emotional at sale because they know they're going to slaughter," said Davis, 34.

Under a tent full of rabbits, a patch of ground covered by swirls of hay marked off Chaos' stall.

The mixed-breed sheep was calm Sunday as Curtis Uzelac, 50, of Hagerstown, and his daughter, Shannon, 21, talked.

An animal-science major at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Shannon said animals give her a sense of serenity.

"Animals are my stress reliever," Shannon said.

Chaos, a dark sheep peppered with gray and other colors, was born on a long night of labors for Shannon.

Five sheep claimed Chaos, but none really clung to her quite like Shannon did.

"Then after they were done having lambs, they didn't want her because they had ones of their own," Shannon said.

She even administered CPR to lambs and their mothers when some struggled for survival after birthing.

Shannon planned to show her adopted sheep during an open-class show Sunday at the 25th annual Washington County Ag Expo.

Uzelac said he isn't surprised his daughter brought her work home with her from college.

"It seems like wherever she goes, she picks up animals," he said.

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