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Spud Fest draws record crowd

September 04, 2007

There was a record turnout for the fifth annual Spud Fest on Aug. 25 when more than 125 youths came to the old-fashioned potato harvest.

The event, held at the Rural Heritage Museum on the grounds of the Washington County Agricultural Education Center near Sharpsburg, drew about 200 people in all, organizers said.

Spokesman Dick Schukraft said special thanks go to:

· Jamie and Christie Baker, who provided the Percheron draft horse team, Molly and Sam, to plow up the spuds;

· Wm. Gower & Son, which provided the fertilizer;

· The Feed Bin, which provided the seed potatoes planted in April;

· Dawn Cooper, who provided face painting for the children;

· Dean Burkett, who provided balloon sculpting for the children;

· Approximately 25 friends of the museum, who helped with the potato chip making, ice cream churning, potato stomping and potato plowing;

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· Velma Poffenberger, who oversaw the work for the event; and

· Bill Poffenberger, who coordinated the planting and harvesting.

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