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.
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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 www.agexpoandfair.org or call the Washington County Extension Office at 301-791-0954.