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July 25, 2007|By SHANNON EPPS

HAGERSTOWN - After showing her three Holstein cows, 11-year-old Carol DeBaugh stood waiting with her mother while her cow, Covergirl, was being milked.

The Boonsboro resident said that she placed with Covergirl and her other cows, Cutie Pie and Bianca.

Carol was 9 years old when she began participating in Ag Expo, she said.

In addition to cows, she shows pigs.

She said she likes Ag Expo because she gets to hang out with her friends and she likes showing her animals.

"You get to get cool awards," she said.

Dressed in a red tank top and blue shorts and with sunglasses on top of her head, Charity Norris held her baby daughter as she walked behind three more of her children and a family friend.


"The kids love to come, and they really enjoy the interaction there at the birthing center and looking at all the animals," she said.

Norris, of Williamsport, said she visits Ag Expo because she likes the educational aspect for her children.

"I think it's important for the kids to know about agriculture and farming, because I don't think a lot of kids know about that these days," she said.

Norris and her children watched the bull-riding tournament Friday, and she said they enjoy the tractor pull as well.

Brandon Smith walked with his siblings and sat down in a chair next to his mother.

Brandon, a Clear Spring resident, said that he had two pigs to show at this year's Ag Expo.

"I enjoy coming here because I like taking care of my pigs and showing that I can raise them, and seeing them grow," he said.

Brandon is 12 years old - he'll be 13 next week, he said - and has been participating in Ag Expo for five years.

Standing under the Ag Ventures and Birthing Center tent, 16-year-old Erin Canfield donned a rhinestone tiara and a blue sash that identified her as Washington County Dairy Princess.

"I go all throughout Washington County and I promote the dairy industry, and I help kids learn the importance of eating and consuming their dairy products, and I help promote the farmers of our county," said Canfield, a resident of Sharpsburg.

She said that although she didn't win the state competition in Frederick, Md., she received a $500 scholarship to the college of her choice.

Canfield, who shows beef cattle, sheep and dairy steers, said she has been going to Ag Expo for the past 10 years.

"It's a great program, and it's a lot of fun," she said. "I wouldn't change anything."

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