HAGERSTOWN -- In a break with tradition, the organization that runs Washington County's Ag Expo plans to have carnival rides at this year's event as a way to draw more fairgoers.
"The board has decided that times have changed," said Bill Shelton, treasurer of the Washington County Agricultural Organization. "It started out as a 4-H fair and for the farmers, but we want to add more activities to support the fair and to attract some of the people who wouldn't normally come to the fair."
The organization had been trying to add carnival rides for nearly six years but had trouble finding a company to provide the rides during the week of the fair, said WCAO Vice President Tom Shaw.
A company was found that had rides available during fair week, which this year will be July 18-24.
Shaw and WCAO President Hal Spielman are to meet with the carnival company Monday to determine what rides will fit into the available space, Shelton said.