Pick a spud

Saturday festival respects the potato

Saturday festival respects the potato

August 23, 2007|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

There's one thing newcomers to Spud Fest should keep in mind if they're hoping to get their hands on some homemade chips.

"They go by really rapidly," said Marge Peters, president of Friends of the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum.

The Rural Heritage Museum at Washington County Agricultural Education Center north of Sharpsburg is hosting its fifth annual Spud Fest on Saturday.

The roughly 50 pounds of potatoes planted on museum grounds in the spring will be harvested. The daylong ode to potato lets festival-goers pick potatoes - freshly turned up by a horse-drawn plow - and have them sliced and deep-fried into crisp, salted chips.

The phrases "to die for" and "you've got to taste it to believe it" were common among event organizers' descriptions of the homemade chips.


"People are waiting while they're cooking," Peters said.

Children get prizes for picking the largest, smallest and most unusually shaped potatoes, said Leslie Hendrickson, museum administrator.

Hendrickson said the event typically draws 100 to 200 people.

There also will be hand-churned ice cream and children's activities such as face-painting, potato-pressing and balloon-sculpting.

The museum will have extended hours Saturday (open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and will feature its newest exhibit "Putting Foods By," about historic ways to preserve foods, said volunteer Dorry Norris. The museum's apron exhibit also will be on display, Norris said.

If you go ...

WHAT: Spud Fest

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25

WHERE: Washington County Rural Heritage Museum, at Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, seven miles south of Hagerstown.

COST: Free

MORE: For more information, call the museum, 240-313-2839, or go to

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