Scenes from the 2008 Washington County Ag Expo and Fair

July 23, 2008

If you go ...

What: Washington County Ag Expo and Fair

Where: Washington County Agricultural Educational Center on Sharpsburg Pike

When: Through Thursday

Today's highlights: 4-H/FFA Tractor-Driving Contest, 10 a.m.; 4-H/FFA Beef Heifer Show and Open Class Beef Cattle Show, 10 a.m.; 4-H/FFA Dairy Goat Show, 4 p.m.; 4-H/FFA Market Lamb Show, 6 p.m. (followed by 4-H/FFA Shepherd Shows; FAME NASCAR Racing, 6:30 and 8 p.m.; Tractor and Truck Pull, 7 p.m.; Pretty Animal Contest, 8 p.m.

Admission: $5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; $10 from 3 p.m. to closing; free for ages 8 and younger.

Ashley Davis, 6, of Smithsburg

As kids walked around the Ag Expo on Tuesday, they noticed and pointed to a young girl lying in a barn next to an animal.

Ashley Davis is the proud owner of a cow named Trudy.

"This is Trudy my cow," Davis said. " I'm going to, like, lay down with her, and stay with her and stuff."


Unsure of how many years she has attended the Ag expo, Davis simply said, "I've been coming here for a while."

At the expo, Davis was unable to partipate in a showing but she was happy that her sister was able to.

Aside from Trudy, Ashley enjoys art.

"It's my favorite thing in school," she said.

Kayla Eury, 16, of Knoxille, Md.

Seen walking around the Ag Expo wearing a crown and a sash was Kayla Eury.

"I'm here promoting Maryland's dairy industry," said Eury, the 2008 Washington County Dairy Princess.

At the expo, Eury assisted kids with various activities involving dairy products.

"I am helping them (kids) make vanilla ice cream in a bag," she said. "I am going to be here half of the day and then I will be back on Thursday."

Eury thoroughly enjoys animals and said she raises dairy replacement heifers.

"I have always had a love for animals, and eventually, I hope to own my own dairy farm," she said.

Jim Frankquist and Tory Sheehee, both of Sharpsburg

Crouching down to play with his 3-year-old son, Jim Frankquist enjoyed a day at the Ag Expo.

"We come to see the horse-and-pony show," Jim Frankquist said. "We came and saw the pig show yesterday."

While Frankquist and his son don't own any animals, they have been around them.

"Tory wants to be a pig farmer," Frankquist said. "He plays with them and pets them, and everything else."

Kelly Jones of Hagerstown

Standing near a group of toddlers riding miniature tractors was one of their supervisors, Kelly Jones.

"We're talking about farms with our children at school," Jones said. "So we thought it would be a nice experience for them to come and play with the farm stuff."

Jones, a teacher at Head Start Washington County, smiled as she watched the children play and enjoy the expo.

"They've been having fun," Jones said. "Now they're riding the tractors and we're getting ready to go back to school."

Valerie Mason of Boonsboro

Wearing slick, blue rain boots and a groovy tie-dye T-shirt, 12-year-old Valerie Mason washed and groomed her cousin's cow Tatiana late Tueday morning at the Ag Expo.

"My favorite thing about coming here is showing the animals," she said.

Though Mason liked the different animals that came through the expo, she said she definitely had a preference.

"I prefer beef," Mason said.

She also enjoyed the camaraderie that occured at the Ag Expo.

"I like coming here and working with my friends," she said.

According to Mason, who works on her cousin's farm, she would like to continue working with animals as an adult.

Sabrina Smith of Williamsport

She walked away from the judging area with cow slobber on her arm and a blue ribbon in her hand.

Sabrina Smith's heifer, Sugar, took first place in the winter yearling class on Tuesday.

"She's a very hard-headed cow," said Smith, 13. "All I know is the judge liked her udders and the way her ribs dropped."

This is Smith's fifth year of showing animals at Ag Expo.

Minutes later, Smith again showed Sugar and won reserve champion for junior overall heifer.

Teressa Payne, YMCA Kinder Camp counselor

"If you can reach it, you can touch it," said Teressa Payne, camp counselor.

Payne had her hands full as she led 23 excited children from the YMCA camp program through the animal stalls at Ag Expo.

"Our tour guide let us know which animals were safe for the kids to touch," she said.

Payne said the kids had fun Tuesday and behaved really well.

"The biggest challenge is keeping them all together as a group," she said.

- Compiled by Angelica Roberts and Thaisi H. Velasquez

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