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Dozens help plant spuds at Rural Heritage Museum

April 18, 2006

SHARPSBURG - About 40 children, with some guidance from parents, planted potatoes the old-fashioned way near here Saturday.

The Friends of the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum held its annual potato-planting event.

Percheron Draft horses Sam and Molly were loaned to help plow, harrow, furrow and cover over the planted potatoes. The horses are owned by Jamie and Cristi Baker of Big Pool.

Also donating to the effort was Wm. Gower & Son, which gave 100 pounds of seed potatoes. The Feed Bin donated fertilizer.

After they are grown, the potatoes will be harvested at the museum friends' annual Spudfest on Aug. 26, when visitors - especially local children - will be invited back to help with the harvest.

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At the same time, a crew of volunteers will be making homemade potato chips.

On Saturday, two of those alternating in working behind the horses with the plow and other old-time farm equipment were Bill Poffenberger, who lives near Sharpsburg, and Baker.

The county Agriculture Center is also the site of the University of Maryland Extension office. Each summer, Ag Expo is held on the grounds as well.

The property off is Md. 65 (Sharpsburg Pike) north of Sharpsburg. From Hagerstown, drive about seven miles south.

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