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Animals are Expo attraction

July 26, 2007|By SHANNON EPPS

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Jennifer Saloom, of Martinsburg, W.Va., stood next to a plastic pool watching her daughter, Ashleigh, play with the kernels of corn that filled it.

She said she had come to Ag Expo "to bring my daughter out to see all the animals for the first time."

Saloom said that Ashleigh, who will be 2 years old next month, seemed to be "a little scared" of the animals at first.

This year was Saloom's first at Ag Expo, but she said she plans to start attending every year.

"I think it's great for the kids and families, and I think it's just a great idea to do," she said.

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Hagerstown resident Judy Compton smiled as she watched Ag Expo participants show their beef cattle.

She said that she doesn't participate in any expo events, but enjoys bringing her daughters, 12-year-old Anna and 9-year-old Helen, to the fair.

Although her daughters do not show animals, she said they like watching.

"We come every year to see the animals," she said. "My daughters love it."

Compton said that she has been turning out for Ag Expo for 11 years.

"We enjoy the baby pigs," she said.

Five-year-old Emma Bittle, wearing a multicolored headband with a pink shirt, jean shorts and pink shoes, stood under the Ag Ventures and Birthing Center with her mom and her younger sister.

She leaned over to look into the pen in front of her, admiring the four piglets that were sleeping next to their mother.

"They're cute," she said, as her bright blue eyes lit up with excitement.

This year was the first time at Ag Expo for Emma, who said she likes looking at the cows.

Sara Angle, 14, of Boonsboro sat at a picnic table, her hands covered with dried paint.

Angle is a part of Bits N Bridles, a 4-H horse club that invites kids at Ag Expo to paint horseshoes at the table.

"I help with anything I can, really, while I'm here," Angle said.

She said she has been going to Ag Expo for five or six years, and that she likes the horse shows and the dog shows.

"I like everything about it," she said.




Today's Ag Expo schedule



Admission costs $5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and $10 from 3 p.m. to closing; ages 8 and younger are admitted free.

10 a.m.: Open-class dairy cattle show (Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Jersey, lineback, milking shorthorn), main show ring

10 a.m.: 4-H/FFA horseless activity, Building 2

10 a.m.: to 5 p.m.: Activities at Ag Ventures & Birthing Center

1 p.m.: 4-H/FFA poultry show, poultry tent

4 p.m.: 4-H/FFA dog show, dog arena

5 p.m.: 4-H/FFA dairy goat show, main show ring

5:30 p.m.: Milking demonstration, milking parlor

7 p.m.: Tractor and truck pull (6,800-pound modified 4x4s, 8,000-pound open, super open and hot stock semi-trucks), track

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