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Consider a visit to Ag Expo

July 21, 2006

If you don't have much occasion to leave Washington County, you just might take the area's natural beauty for granted. But as those who commute to the metropolitan areas can tell you, if there's any open space down there, it's either a crowded county park, or the private lawn of some corporation's headquarters.

It's only when you come west across South Mountain that you routinely see working farms with real livestock in the pastures and crops growing in the fields.

There are noises and smells associated with these activities, but compared to what city dwellers face - the roar of thousands of engines and the smell of air pollution - this area is indeed blessed.

To celebrate what local farmers and their families do, we invite residents to visit Ag Expo 2006, which will be held from today through Friday, July 28, at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center. It's seven miles south of Hagerstown, on the east side of the Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65).

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Not only will visitors see the animals brought to exhibit, they'll also get a chance to see the hard-working farm families whose members rise before dawn and sometimes don't finish the day's chores until after dark.

There will be plenty to see at Ag Expo, including tonight's 7:30 p.m. demolition derby. you can meet the people who preserve the tradition and a way of life that this community values. We know they'd appreciate your thanks for all the good things their labor provides.

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