Vignettes from the Washington County Ag Expo & Fair

July 26, 2011
  • Veara

Jack Veara

Ag Expo newcomer Jack Veara was meeting people Tuesday and talking to them about his wood carvings.

The Berkley Springs, W.Va., native is a self-taught carver in his 50s who decided to start Saw Jack Carvings after crafting a bear for a friend.  

"I've only been doing this for a year, so this is my first expo, and my first time carving in front of people," Veara said.

He said he enjoys the children who come up with their parents and ask if can they have a carving.

But there is something he doesn't enjoy.

"My least favorite thing so far is all this crazy hot weather," he said.

Fred Dysard

There is nothing better in the world to Fred Dysard than working in the carnival business.

The 34-year-old native of Hollytown, Pa., works for the Michael's family concessions at Ag Expo this week.

"My favorite part of the job is making kids smile — and watching them win something and grin ear to ear," said Dysard, who was working the machine gun shoot-out next to the Michael's family dining booth Tuesday.

"We have a wide variety of games, and really good food that's all cooked right here," he said.

The Caudells

Family is very important to Bill and Elnora Caudell, which is why they are at Ag Expo helping their son, Kevin Caudell, owner of Braddock Mountain Outfitters.

"This is our first year here. Normally, we go to the Frederick fair and the Jefferson County (W.Va.) fair," Bill Caudell said Tuesday.

The couple was selling scooters, all-terrain vehicles and motor bikes.

"The scooters are selling well right now because of the gas prices," he said.

The Braddock Heights, Md., natives said their son will open a second store today in Brunswick, Md.

"In today's business, everyone has to do it as a family, and we are very happy to help out," Elnora Caudell said.

Tad Tweed

Tad Tweed has been to The Great Frederick Fair many times, but this year marks the first time the 64-year-old from Smithsburg has been to Ag Expo.

"Any time you go to an expo, a lot of people stop by," the Mace Energy Supply Inc. employee said Tuesday. "We see a lot of people that we have sold things to in the past."

Tweed said he has been selling stoves for the company since the 1960s.

"I have enjoyed my time here," he said.


Today's schedule

  • Gates open at 10 a.m.
  • Cost: $2 general admission
  • 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

For a complete schedule, go to or call the Washington County Extension Office at 301-791-1304.

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