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Washington County Ag Expo and Fair to Open July 17th

Washington County Ag Expo and Fair to Open July 17th
by Joanna Calimer

Washington County Ag Expo and Fair will be held July 17-23, 2009 at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center located on the Sharpsburg Pike, Route 65, and seven miles south of Hagerstown, Maryland.
The Ag Expo and Fair features the 4-H and FFA youth of Washington County and their projects, agricultural and home arts exhibits, entertainment and carnival rides.
Carnival rides by Taylor & Son will be operating Friday, July 17th, 6-10pm, Saturday and Sunday, July 18th and 19th, 2-10pm and Monday, July 20th through Thursday, July 23rd, 6-10pm with Monday night being "Ride All Night" for one price.
The fair opens on Friday, July 17th, with the 4-H Fashion Review at 5pm, the Ag Expo Queen contest, 6pm and the 4-H/FFA Cake Auction at 7pm in the Main Show Ring. Proceeds from the cake auction are used to sponsor workshops and clinics for 4-Hers and volunteers, community outreach programs, after school programs and recognition awards for 4-H youth and volunteers. Come and show your support by buying one or more of these delicious baked goods.
The cowboys will be doing their best to ride the bulls at the track as Triple R Bull Co. presents Bull Riding at 7:30pm. Triple R is committed to providing a top quality show of bull riding and barrel racing. General admission to the grounds is $2.00 from 3pm until closing. Grandstand admission to the event is $10.00. Children 8 and under are free.
Washington County Farm Bureau day is Saturday, July 18th, with events sponsored by the Farm Bureau. The Barnyard Olympics for children ages 3-9 will be held at 1:30pm. Children should come dressed appropriately for outdoor play. All will have a chance to participate in the games and will receive a small prize.
The Antique Tractor Pull, sponsored by the Washington County Antique Tractor Club will be held Saturday, July 18, 11am. This event is open to anyone to participate, however all drivers must be at least 14 years of age.
At 5pm on Saturday, WAYZ 104.7 will announce the winners of the Star Spangled Salute to the Troops. Top prizes are a free car from Hamilton Nissan/Hamilton Hyundai or 6 months of free food from Johnnie's. All you have to do is donate an item to the troops at the participating locations (Hamilton Nissan, Hamilton Hyundai or Johnnie's) and you can register to win. Donations can be in the form of goods or money and all proceeds go to the troops in the Middle East. See Hamilton's, Johnnies or WAYZ's web sites for list of acceptable goods and for more information.
"Mangled Metal" Productions Demolition Derby will get under way at 6:30pm on Saturday, July 18th. For more information and rules and regulations go to Admission to the Grandstand for the Demolition Derby is $10.00. General Admission to the fair is $2.00 all day.
Sunday, July19th will feature the Garden Tractor Pull at 9am and a Classic Car Show by the Mason-Dixon Antique Automobile Club at 2pm. To be an antique, the vehicle must be 25 years or older. Anyone who wishes to display his or her antique car is welcome to participate and will receive free general admission for driver and one passenger.
A dairy promotion with free ice cream, milk, cheese and prizes being given away will be at 6:30 on Sunday evening followed by the Jr. Fair Board members hosting the Tug-a-War and the Obstacle Course contests at 7:30pm. Registration is at 6:30pm.
At the grandstand on Sunday at 6:30pm will be Contemporary Praise and Worship Bands. Performing will be Living Stones, comprised of friends from different denominations; Second Rate Sinners from Crossroads Church; Hosanna from St. James Brethren Church and The House Band of LIFEhouse Church West. Admission to the Grandstand is free. General Admission is $2.00 all day.
The Baby Parade begins at 6pm, Monday July 20th, and all babies entered must have a costumed theme and a narration. Registration is 5:30pm in the main show ring. For rules and questions contact Donna Rowland, 301-582-3268.
The tractors continue on Monday night with the Youth Tractor Pull at 6pm followed by the Don Schwartz Memorial Tractor Pull. Grandstand admission is $5.00 and General Admission is $2.00 all day.
July 21stand 22nd will find the Washington County Tractor Pullers at the track for a Tractor and Truck Pull beginning at 7pm. Special feature for Tuesday night will be the Hot Rod Semi-trucks. These powerhouses produce ground-shaking thunder you won't want to miss. Some of the biggest names on the east coast will be pulling. Wednesday night will feature the Hot Stock Semi-trucks. Grandstand Admission each night is $10.00 and General Admission is $2.00 all day.
The fair week will conclude with the 4-H and FFA Market Sale on Thursday, July 23, at 6pm. The sale will include swine, lambs, beef, longhorn and dairy steers, market goats, rabbits and a symbolic gallon of milk from the Supreme 4-H and FFA Dairy Cow. All animals have been carefully raised and given the utmost care by the 4-H and FFA members as part of their project education work. This is a good opportunity for bidders to make an investment in youth programs and also invest in a quality product.
Vaters Motor Sport Thrill Show will be held on Thursday, July 23 at 7:30pm. Vaters' brings the high flying freestyle motocross riders to thrill spectators with their airborne stunts. Also featured is a jet powered ATV. This jet-quad was featured on the popular "Monster Garage" show. There is only two of their kind. With its 1500 horse powered thrust, the jet engine enthralls with its flames shooting out 25 feet. Grandstand Admission is $10.00 and General Admission is $2.00 all day.
A popular exhibit at the fair is the Ag Ventures and Learning Center where there are lots of animals, chicks hatching and many fun agricultural activities for children. There will be stories, crafts, bale maze and corn maze and so much more.
Admission is free everyday for Children 8 and under. For a complete schedule of events and other information go to Or call 301-432-6854.

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