Ag Expo returns with farm fun, animals, tractors, more

July 20, 2011|By TAYLOR ECKEL |
  • The 2011 Washington County Ag Expo and Fair begins this weekend, with live music, tractor pulls, grilling contests and more.
File photo

This weekend the quiet, rolling hills of the Washington County Agricultural Education Center will come to life with the hustle and bustle of the annual Washington County Ag Expo and Fair.

The Ag Expo opens at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 23, and continues through Saturday, July 30. General admission is $2 per person. There is and additional charge for events held in the track grandstand.

Highlights of this weekend’s events include the bull riding event on Saturday, and the old-fashioned horse pull and bluegrass music on Sunday night, said Daphne Sigler, president of the Washington County Agricultural Organization Board of Directors.

“There’s something for everyone, especially this weekend,” said volunteer Terrie Shank. “It’s good, family fun, and a lot for children to do.”

The cheese-carving contest for children 12 and younger is one of the first events. It begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, before the official opening time. Ag Expo’s $2 admission fee will not be charged until 3 p.m., Shank said.

The annual 4-H/FFA Cake Auction will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, and the popular Iron Chef Cook-off Competition will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Ag Expo & Fair Queen contest will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday followed by the Miss Washington County Farm Bureau Queen contest at 7 p.m. Bull riding will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the grandstand.

In addition to the cheese-carving contest, there will be a number of attractions geared toward children.

“Children will want to see the Ag Adventures tent,” said Shank. “They have hands-on activities, crafts, storytime and a play area.”

Sigler said children can see 4-H animals during the week, and there will be “all kinds of learning experiences,” she said. Throughout the Ag Expo, children can experience behind-the-scenes glimpses of farm life by watching 4-H members care for their animals.

The dog and pig races held Sunday afternoon and evening are also a favorite of children, Shank said.

Other Sunday events include the Iron Chef Burger Cook-off at 3 p.m., and at 5 p.m. there will be a horse pull and live bluegrass music at the grandstand.

If you go ...
WHAT: Washington County Ag Expo and Fair
WHEN: Saturday, July 23 to Saturday, July 30
WHERE: Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, south of Hagerstown
COST: $2 general admission; additional fee for events held at the track grandstand
CONTACT: For a complete schedule visit or call the Washington County Extension Office at 301-791-0954.

Ag Expo & Fair schedule highlights
Carnival rides and midway open at 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 3 p.m. Saturday
Admission is $2 per person, or $10 for the week; $50 per week for gate and event pass; children 8 and younger get into the grandstand for free.
For a complete schedule go to

Saturday, July 23
2 to 3 p.m. — Cheese-carving contest for ages 12 and younger, Twigg Cycle Activity Tent
4 to 6:30 p.m. — Iron Chef Cook--off, Twigg Cycle Activity Tent
6 p.m. — Ag Expo & Fair Queen Contest, main show ring
7 p.m. — Miss Washington County Farm Bureau Queen Contest, main show ring
7:30 p.m. — Bull riding, grandstand, cost $10 per person,

Sunday, July 24
1 to 3 p.m. — Cheese-carving contest, Twigg Cycle Activity Tent
1 to 2:30 p.m. — Living Stones Christian Music, Twigg Cycle Activity Tent
3 to 6 p.m. — Iron Chef Burger Cook-off, Twigg Cycle Activity Tent
5 p.m. — Horse pull followed by live music by Ernie Bradley and The Grassy Ridge Band, and CB Pickers, $5 per person, grandstand

Monday, July 25
(no charge for grandstand events)
3 p.m. — “Antietam’s Aftermath: The Battle’s Impact on Local Farms” presented by the National Park Service, Twigg Cycle Activity Tent
8:45 p.m. — Fertile Soil performs, Twigg Cycle Activity Tent

Tuesday, July 26
(Senior Citizen Day; free admission for ages 65 and older after 5 p.m.)
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. — Chainsaw carving, in front of Building 1
7 p.m. — Tractor/truck pull, grandstand, $10 per person

Wednesday, July 27
6 to 7:45 p.m. — Ernie Bradley and The Grassy Ridge Band, Twigg Cycle Activity Tent
7 p.m. — Tractor/truck pull, grandstand, $10 per person
8 p.m. — Pretty animal contest, Main Show Ring
Thursday, July 28
6 p.m. — Milking demonstration, milking parlor
7 p.m. — Concert with Sean Patrick McGraw and Hicktown, grandstand, $10 per person,
8 p.m. — Dog and pig races, behind Building 1

Friday, July 29
6 to 8:45 p.m. — Free entertainment with Hucklebuck, Twigg Cycle Activity Tent
7:30 p.m. — Demolition derby, grandstand, $10 per person

Saturday, July 30
3 to 6 p.m. — Carnival and midway, unlimited rides, $12 per person
5 to 7:15 p.m. — Free concert with Fertile Soil, Twigg Cycle Activity Tent
7:30 p.m. — Bull riding, grandstand, $10 per person

The Herald-Mail Articles