Ag Expo offers high-flying action

July 16, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

High-flying motocross riders and jet-powered ATVs are joining the entertainment options at this year's Washington County Ag Expo & Fair.

Mike Vaters, who drives the Black Stallion monster truck, is bringing his Vaters Motorsport Thrill Show to the fair and to his home county for the first time.

The Ag Expo & Fair begins Friday and runs through Thursday, July 23, the night of Vaters' show.

Four motocross riders will compete in freestyle motocross, doing jumps and tricks as they compete against one another, said Vaters, who lives in the Downsville area. His son, Mike Vaters II, will compete in the event.

The show also will feature Vaters' two 1,500-horsepower, jet-powered ATVs, Kamikaze and Psycho. They shoot flames out the back, which will burn a car. The two ATVs also will have a push war, going nose to nose with the engines thrusting them against one another, Vaters said.


The third element of the show is hopped-up riding lawn mowers that will race around the dirt track. Some of the racing mowers have two-cylinder Briggs & Stratton engines with as much as 120 horsepower compared with 20 horsepower on a good-sized regular riding mower, Vaters said. The racing mowers could reach 40 to 50 mph on the track.

The other evening entertainment during the weeklong fair includes carnival rides, bull riding, a demolition derby, a tug-of-war, tractor and truck pulls, and contemporary Christian praise and worship bands.

Schedule highlights

Friday, July 17

o 6 p.m. -- Ag Expo & Fair Queen contest, main show ring

o 6 to 10 p.m. -- Carnival

o 7 p.m. -- 4-H/FFA Cake auction and open-class baked goods auction, main show ring

o 7:30 p.m. -- Bull riding, track

Saturday, July 18

o 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- Antique tractor pull, track

o 2 to 10 p.m. -- Carnival

o 4 p.m. -- Miss Washington County Farm Bureau Queen contest, main show ring

o 5 p.m. -- Star Spangled summer salute for the troops and car giveaway, main show ring

o 6:30 p.m. -- Mangled Metal demolition derby, track

Sunday, July 19

o 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. -- Garden tractor pull, track

o 2 to 6 p.m. -- Classic car show, near windmill

o 2 to 10 p.m. -- Carnival

o 5 p.m. -- Pedal tractor pull, main show ring

o 6:30 p.m. -- Contemporary Christian praise and worship bands, track

o 7:30 p.m. -- Tug-of-war, main show ring

Monday, July 20

o 6 p.m. -- Babies on parade, main show ring

o 6 p.m. -- Youth tractor pull

o 6 to 10 p.m. -- Carnival; ride all night for $16.

o 6:30 p.m. -- Don Schwartz Memorial Farm Tractor Pull, track

Tuesday, July 21

o 6 to 10 p.m. -- Carnival

o 7 p.m. -- Tractor and truck pull, track

Wednesday, July 22

o 6 to 10 p.m. -- Carnival

o 7 p.m. -- Tractor and truck pull, track

o 8 p.m. -- Pretty animal contest, main show ring

Thursday, July 23

o 6 to 10 p.m. -- Carnival

o 6 p.m. -- 4-H/FFA market animal sale, main show ring

o 7:30 p.m. -- Vaters Motorsport Thrill Show, track

If you go ...

WHAT: Washington County Ag Expo & Fair

WHEN: 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 17; and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 18, to Thursday, July 23

WHERE: Washington County Agricultural Education Center grounds, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, about seven miles south of Hagerstown

COST: General admission costs $2 each day; free for ages 8 and younger. General admission is free for ages 65 and older from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21. Grandstand admission is $10 on Friday, Saturday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, July 23; and $5 on Monday.

CONTACT: For more information, go to or call 301-432-6854.

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