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Sights and sounds from 25th annual Ag Expo

July 27, 2005|by ADAM BEHSUDI

Word at the washing area at the Washington County Ag Expo was that the beef show would be pushed back later in the evening because of the heat. While Brittany Bowman, 15, of Boonsboro, couldn't confirm the morsel of gossip she just heard, she could complain about the heat Tuesday.

"It can't get any hotter," she said.

Her sister, Tiffany Bowman, 10, was helping wash her heifer. The animal had been lathered up with a purple soap that was supposed to make its white hair extra white.

"It's hard getting them white," Tiffany said.

Brittany said she has nine cows to wash and get ready for show, a process she called "time-consuming." Her heifer stood by calmly, soaking from head to hoof. Brittany said you can't let the soap soak in too much.

"If you leave it sitting too long, it makes them purple," she said.




Sarah Reid, 10, of Hagerstown, was busy tending to her two rabbits on Tuesday. She sprinkled a couple of sunflower seeds on top of their pellet food.

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The loose skin around the rabbits' necks rolled up into what looked like an unfortunate piece of winter clothing as they lay in their cages panting.

"I like to let them out and let them be on their own," Sarah said.

Snowy, Sarah's Miniature Holland Lop, scratched at the bottom of his cage. Wood shavings sprayed out of the cage, between his legs. She said that's what he does before he finds a suitable place to lie down.

She had already won two awards for her rabbits and was just trying to make them comfortable in the hot weather by checking on their food and water.

"It takes a lot of work because you have to go out in the hot sun," she said.




In the swine barn at the Washington County Ag Expo, Justin Martin, 7, of Smithsburg, found a novel use for the canes normally required to herd around hogs during a show.

He carefully lined up his putt; the hole was an overturned feed pail.

Except for the occasional squeal and snort, no sign was needed to silence the crowd of hogs sprawled out on their sides. He hit the tennis ball into the metal pail a couple of times, chasing down the shots he missed.

The idea for the game came from his older brother, said his mother, Karen Martin.

A small group gathered in the barn watched over the pigs. Their show was Monday morning and they were waiting for the market sale on Friday.

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