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Who molded my cheese?

July 17, 2010|By DON AINES
  • Rachel Wiles of Williamsport works Friday evening on "A Doghouse for a Pig" carving at the Washington County Ag Expo & Fair. The carving was made out of a chunk of chedder cheese at the Expo's first amateur cheese-carving contest.
Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

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Tucker Bubacz eyed the orange demon's head glaring from a table in an exhibition building at the Washington County Ag Expo & Fair and wondered whether the person who carved it was coming back to claim the sculpture.

The 5-year-old said he wanted the artwork, even when told it was made of cheese and would not last long.

"I'd keep it till it rots," Tucker said.

Despite Tucker's enthusiasm for the piece, top honors at the Expo's first amateur cheese- carving contest went to Rachel Wiles of Williamsport and Carol DeBaugh of Boonsboro, who collaborated on what Rachel called "a dog house for a pig ... We tried to make it a dog, but it ended up a pig."

Other cheese whizzes at the competition were Maryland Dairy Princess Tessa Wiles of Hagerstown and Rachel House of Clear Spring who paid a fromage homage to the state with a three-dimensional cheddar map and Dairy Maid Macayla Wiles, who carved a crown topped by the 4-H symbol.

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"This is a new activity. We thought it would be kind of neat for the dairy maids and the dairy princess to carve cheese," said Mary Ellen Waltemire, one of the judges. It also attracted a number of interested onlookers, a few of whom tried their hand at carving.

"It's a little brittle," Penny Bird of Hagerstown said of the sharp cheddar she tried to fashion into a sunflower before turning it into a butterfly. "Maybe longhorn would stick together better."

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