Scenes from the 2010 Ag Expo & Fair

July 21, 2010|By EBONI JAGGERS
  • From left, Ashley Davis, Keara Lewis, Sydney Davis, and Brynn Lewis are pictured at the Washington County Ag Expo & Fair.
Eboni Jaggers, Staff Writer

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The Kennys

The Kennys wanted their children to experience something new.

Having the luxury of visiting the farms of friends has been a benefit to Kelly and Tim Kenny of Hagerstown. Adding a trip to the Washington County Ag Expo & Fair enriches their children's existing animal experience.

This year was the family's first time visiting the Ag Expo.

Kelly, 36, said she wanted to bring her three children, Tyler, 9, Ashley, 6, and Annabella, 3, to the event to have some time to spend with the animals.

Bringing the kids to a fair like this, she said, builds a respect toward agriculture.

She said though she is a resident of the city, she still tries to bring a little bit of the country to her home.


"Even in town, we have a little garden," Kelly said.

Kelly said she enjoyed seeing what the fair offered, including the children's 4-H displays and the hot dog and pig races.

Sydney and Ashley Davis

Sydney and Ashley Davis have been at it for years. It's safe to call them Washington County Ag Expo & Fair experts.

This year, they brought new friends along -- Brynn Lewis, 11, and Keara Lewis, 9.

Sydney, 11, said she has been a member of 4-H for the past three years, but she has shown cows since she was 4.

Her younger sibling, Ashley, 8, said since she can remember, she has been right behind her sister, literally. She helps her sister clean up animal waste and also helps her family take care of their animals. She said this is her first year in the 4-H program.

Seeing the Davis sisters of Smithsburg in action inspired both Brynn and Keara to return to the Ag Expo next year, this time as 4-H members.

"This is me and my sisters first time here, but this is a lot of fun and we're really enjoying seeing how (farming) works," said Brynn, of Williamsport.

Barbara Bubacz

The Washington County Ag Expo & Fair is a long way from city life in her hometown of Winston-Salem, N.C.

Barbara Bubacz, 60, came to the Ag Expo to support her daughter, Beth Nichols, who is a 4-H educator in Washington County.

In addition to having a daughter involved with the fair, her granddaughter, Morgan, 9, is the owner of a grand prize-winning dairy cow.

She said today, Morgan will be entering her dog, Trooper, in the dog show and also will face another competition with her prize-winning cow, Brooke.

"(Ag Expo) is an excellent source for children," Bubacz said. "It teaches them how to get along with others, how to be responsible and it also teaches them values."

She said she has attended fairs in her hometown, but none like Ag Expo.

"This is geared more toward agriculture than county fairs," Bubacz said. "This is a good learning experience."

Julie Malecki

As the home-school teacher of her two children, Julie Malecki, 34, sees the Washington County Ag Expo & Fair as a chance to take an educational field trip.

"It's a chance to see what we look at in books," said Malecki, of Hagerstown. "I think it's important to experience the things we see in books."

She said this is her first time visiting the Ag Expo & Fair.

"My kids like the animals," Malecki said. "I heard about it, and we wanted to come see the animals."

Her children, she said, are looking forward to seeing pigs and alpacas, which her 5-year-old daughter, Trinity, mistakes as llama.

She said her son, Zerach, 7, recently asked her what people do with pigs.

I guess that's where we get our bacon and ham from, she told him.

Misty Lewis

Like many other spectators, Misty Lewis gets a kick out of seeing the pig races at this year's Washington County Ag Expo & Fair.

Lewis, of Williamsport, said this was her first year to experience the Ag Expo.

The fair's hours, she said, are scheduled during her usual work hours, but this year, she got the chance to check out what the event has to offer.

"I'm looking forward to the tractor pull tonight," said Lewis, 38.

She said she especially wanted to take time out to visit the Ag Expo so her children could witness different aspects of wildlife.

Through visiting events like Ag Expo, she said, her children have the opportunity to learn to show compassion toward animals and how to take care of them.

"I just think it's good discipline for them," Lewis said.

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