Vignettes from the Washington County Ag Expo & Fair

July 25, 2011
  • From left, Abigail Roberts, a rising freshman at Hagerstown Community College; Sue Hull, Washington County 4-H Alpaca Club leader; and Morgan Thompson, a fifth-grader and youngest member of the club.
By Aaron Saunders/Staff Writer

Not only does Ag Expo have a queen, it also has a princess, Laikyn Cook, a rising junior at Washington County Technical High School.

“My job is to go around and help when (Queen) Carol (DeBaugh) has a show and can’t make it,” Cook said.

Laikyn shows horses at the expo and — in her spare time — helps friends bathe their cows.

“I like watching the shows and hanging out with my friends,” she said.

Maggie Green

After three years of taking care of wheat goats, Maggie Green, a sixth-grader at E. Russell Hicks Middle School, is showing the animals in her first Ag Expo.

“While we’re here, basically we show our animals to people,” Maggie said.

The rookie is eagerly awaiting the chance to show her goats.

“The expo is pretty good. We will show others how we take care of our animals,” she said.

“These are very long, hot days,” she said.

Caleb McDougal

Last year, Caleb McDougal was crowned grand champion of dairy steers and wheat goats.

This year, the rising seventh-grader is showing for the third time in hopes of winning another grand champion ribbon.

“My mom did this when she was younger; she passed it down to the next generation,” Caleb said.

The aspiring agriculturist camps at Ag Expo with his family and enjoys hanging out with his friends.

“I enjoy a lot of the fun events, especially down by the track; the bull riding and the demolition derby,” he said.


Abigail Roberts

The Washington County 4-H club has several different projects, but this week it is the alpaca exhibit that is on display at the Ag Expo.

“We spend the whole year teaching students about fiber-optic fabrics,” said Sue Hull, owner of Milestone Manner and 4-H club leader.

Ten-year-veteran Abigail Roberts has enjoyed her time working with the alpacas.

“I am having a good time; there is never a dull moment,” she said.

The Hagerstown Community College freshman and North Hagerstown High School graduate plans to continue to do agricultural work.

“In the future, after college, I want to do more of this,” Roberts said.

Tuesday’s Ag Expo & Fair schedule

  • Gates open at 10 a.m.
  • Cost: $2 general admission (free admission today for ages 65 and older before 5 p.m.)
  • 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. — Chain saw carving, in front of Building 1
  • 7 p.m. —  Tractor/truck pull, grandstand, $10 per person
For a complete schedule, go to or call the Washington County Extension Office at 301-791-1304.
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