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Ag research center event offers maze, races and more

August 15, 2006

The Western Maryland Research and Education Center will be hosting its second annual open house soon.

The event, which is open to all, will be Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, at 18330 Keedysville Road. Admission is free.

Those who come can learn "interesting agricultural facts while traveling through a corn maze, taking a tour of the research facility on a hay wagon and participating in many other interactive exhibits," said event co-chair Jeff Semler. "We will have pedal tractor races and a corn box (like a sandbox) for our younger audience," he said.

Also, admissions counselors from the University of Maryland will be present to talk to prospective students.

Exhibits will focus on financial wellness, creating healthy homes and backyard forestry. Also, Semler said, experts from the Home and Garden Center will be present to answer plant- and insect-related questions.

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