According to 41-year-old Dawn Smith, the Ag Expo has gone fairly well this year.
"It has been pretty good. The weather has been very cooperative, and there have been good turnouts," the expo board member said Thursday.
While this is her first year on the board, Smith has been involved with the fair for more than eight years, she said.
"Our biggest turnout days are Tuesday and Wednesday, because of the tractor pull, and Sunday evenings, which is family night," Smith said.
She said that Ag Expo is special because "it's a very tight community of 4-Hers who get involved."
When she moved to the area two months ago from Delaware, Yvonne Tetreault was searching for a way to introduce her business to Maryland.
"The ag fair provides me a way to share my Pampered Chef business with people," she said Thursday.
As an independent consultant, Tetreault is the owner and operator of her business, which sells cooking utensils and products to enhance a person's time in the kitchen.
"These products make time in the kitchen easier, faster and more fun," the Smithsburg resident said.
Justin Miller of Ivy Hill Farm was preparing Thursday to sell both of his hogs at the 4-H/FFA market animal sale.
"I hope there are a lot of buyers here, and I hope they support 4-H and buy some animals," the 13-year-old said.
The soon-to-be freshman at Smithsburg High School has been around swine his entire life.
"Sometimes, I feel sad because I am selling them, but then I feel glad I don't have to spend more money feeding them," the 4-H swine club member said.
Chris and Casey Eckstein
Chris Eckstein has attended Ag Expo since he was a child, but his wife, Casey, was a first-timer Thursday.
"This is really interesting. I didn't know how many people did this," Casey Eckstein said.
The 24-year-old Waynesboro, Pa., residents were impressed with the talent that was on display in the exhibit barn.
"This is a good opportunity to look at the local talent, and we love it," Chris Eckstein said.
- Gates open at 10 a.m.
- Cost: $2 general admission
- 6 to 8:45 p.m. — Free entertainment with Hucklebuck, Twigg Cycle Activity Tent
- 7:30 p.m. — Demolition derby, grandstand, $10 per person
- For a complete schedule, got to www.agexpoandfair.org or call the Washington County Extension Office at 301-791-1304.