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Spudfest scheduled for Saturday

August 21, 2013
  • Eliza Ficklin grabs a pair of potatoes at the 2011 Spudfest at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center. A horse-drawn plow digs up potatoes at the event, and children receive prizes for finding the largest and smallest potatoes.
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The 11th annual Spudfest will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Rural Heritage Museum at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center at 7313 Sharpsburg Pike in Boonsboro.

Aside from plenty of spud-inspired food, attendees can watch a horse-drawn plow potato harvest. Children will receive prizes for finding the largest and smallest potato.

Other events include a live, artisan bread-baking demonstration at the outdoor bread oven, and a homemade potato-chip demonstration using potatoes from the harvest.

Master gardeners will be on hand at the German Four-Square Garden for a Taste of the Garden from 1 to 3 p.m.

In addition to the day’s events, one outstanding farm and farm family that exemplifies Washington County’s farming heritage will be announced at noon as part of the 2013 Farm of the Year award. 

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The winning farm will receive a plaque, an outdoor farm sign recognizing its accomplishment and a plaque posted in the ag center lobby for the rest of the year.

To be eligible for the award, the principal farm operator/owner must be in business for a minimum of five years and be on at least 5 acres of agriculturally zoned land and primarily in Washington County.

The award, in part, showcases excellence in agriculture, and promotes a greater understanding of the challenges faced by farmers.

For more information, call Leslie Hart, agricultural business development specialist, at 301-432-4782 or send an email to lhart@hagerstownedc.org.

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