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Chilly berry a hot seller

July 25, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS

SHARPSBURG - Everyone at the Washington County Ag Expo screams for raspberry ice cream.

Raspberry is by far the most popular ice cream flavor this year, followed closely by strawberry, said Charles Wiles of the Washington County Farm Bureau. Wiles was selling ice cream early Monday afternoon.

Money made from the farm bureau's ice cream sales supports its scholarship program and the Ag Expo, Wiles said.

Go hog wild



Teenagers wearing khaki pants, white, button-down shirts and dark ties herded their hogs around the small show ring Monday morning at the Washington County Ag Expo.

The handlers swatted disobedient hogs with wooden canes, eliciting an occasional loud grunt.

The 4-H/FFA market hog show featured about 80 hogs, shown by 40 local participants ranging in age from 8 to 18.

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Babies born at Ag Expo



A chick covered with wet, yellow fluff struggled out of its shell, kicking with its pink legs. Nearby, a chick that hatched early Monday morning tried to flutter its wings and toppled over. A small beak pecked a hole from inside a third egg.

"Whoa, whoa, it's moving!" said Kastin Malott, 7, as he watched a newly hatched chick kick at its shell.

At the other end of the Ag Venture and Birthing Center, a piglet snuggled up to its mother's snout. Five other piglets lay cuddled together until one heaved itself up onto unsteady legs and tumbled down onto its siblings.

Mother pig started grunting, which is a call to eat, said Betsy Herbst, who was working at Ag Venture.

The piglets were born Saturday night at the Ag Expo.




Today's Ag Expo schedule



10 a.m. - 4-H/FFA dairy cattle show at main show ring

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Activities at Ag Ventures and Birthing Center

2 to 6 p.m. - Embroiderer's guild demonstration at Building No. 1

4 to 8 p.m. - Spinning and weaving demonstration at Weaver's Roundtable, Building No. 1

5 p.m. - 4-H/FFA beef showmanship and market steer show at main show ring

5:30 p.m. - Milking demonstration at milking parlor

6:30 p.m. - Antique tractor pull and skid loader rodeo at track

Admission costs $2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; $5 from 3 p.m. to closing; ages 8 and younger are admitted free; Senior Citizen Day, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with free admission for ages 65 and older.

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