Vignettes from the Washington County Ag Expo & Fair

July 27, 2011
  • Abby McDougal
Abby McDougal

Abby McDougal

When she's not helping bathe cows, Abby McDougal is hanging out with her best friend, Sydney, and watching events like the tractor pull and demolition derby.

"I like going to the AG-Ventures and running around with my friends and eating snow cones," she said Wednesday.

The 10-year-old said she would be broken-hearted if she could not attend Ag Expo every year.

"If I couldn't come to Ag Expo, I'd be sad. I would probably drive my own car here,"  Abby said.

Sydney Pryor

Occasionally, 10-year-old Sydney Pryor of Smithsburg gets nervous when she is showing her meat goats and rabbits.

"Sometimes I get nervous, and sometimes I don't," she said.

Sydney has shown her animals for two years, and her meat goat was crowned grand champion.

"We come here every year and show our animals and have fun playing with our pets," she said.

Dayton Pryor

When he is not showing or walking his animals, 12-year-old Dayton Pryor enjoys checking out the events and exhibits at Ag Expo.

"My favorite thing to do is play the video games and play in the AG-Ventures tent," he said Wednesday.

The Smithsburg Middle School student has had more than enough experience with animals at the fair.

"One time, I was holding my cousin's goat, and it peed all over me," he said.

Edey McDougal

There is no better feeling than biting into a Ag Expo cheeseburger, according to 8-year-old Edey McDougal.

"Cheeseburgers are my favorite food," she said Wednesday.

The Greensburg 4-H club member and Cascade Elementary School student admitted her least favorite part of the fair is cleaning up after the animals.

"I don't like feeding the animals and sweeping and watching the shows," Edey said.

Edey said she wants to show a sheep next year.

Bayley Pryor

When she is not eating snow cones or showing her animals, Bayley Pryor is watching the Hot Dog Pig Races.

"Big Franky is slow. My favorite is Mustard," the 8-year-old said Wednesday.

Her favorite animals are the horses and cattle, and she enjoys the water fights she has with her friends, she said.

"I love the water fights, hanging out with my friends and eating the snow cones," she said.

Today's schedule

  • Gates open at 10 a.m.
  • Cost: $2 general admission.
  • 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
  • For a complete schedule visit or call the Washington County Extension Office at 301-791-1304.

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