Livestock shows, special competitions and more to be virtual at state fair
While the traditional Maryland State Fair was cancelled due to the pandemic, approval was received to allow youth and open class exhibitors from Maryland to show their animals in livestock shows following all proper protocols.
Although these shows will not be open to the public, the Maryland State Fair will be livestreaming selected Livestock Shows, the Miss Maryland Agriculture Competition, the Maryland State Fair Youth Livestock Sale, and the Undeniably Dairy Celebrity Milkshake Competition.
Additionally, you can access and enjoy fun agricultural education activities and more online, from August 27 – September 7 and beyond, at www.marylandstatefair.com and at https://www. facebook.com/marylandstatefair.
“Livestreaming livestock shows and other special events will enable Maryland’s youth and adults to virtually showcase their hard work to thousands of fairgoers who in previous years were able to attend in person,” said Maryland State Fair General Manager Andy Cashman.
“I am also pleased that our daily online educational programming will enable the Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society to fulfill its mission to preserve and promote agriculture, Maryland’s leading industry.”
Among the online agriculture activities: AGVENTURE! Educating Kids About Agriculture Activity Sheets; Maryland State Fair/Agriculture Theme Virtual Escape Games; Maryland State Fair Family of the Day Creativity Contests to win a Family 4-Pack of Admission Tickets to the 2021 Maryland State Fair and more; a link to Maryland Public Television’s Maryland State Fair “Then & Now” segment; and more.
Virtual Miss Maryland Agriculture Competition: Thursday, August 27, 7 PM. Watch the competition at www.marylandstatefair. com.
The Miss Maryland Agriculture Program has been a part of the Maryland State Fair since the 1940s. “The goal of the competition is to find young women with an agricultural background to serve as leaders to promote our industry and the Farm Bureau organization throughout the year and in the future,” said Miss Maryland Agriculture State Coordinator and Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society Board Member Mary Amoss.
“This year, due to the pandemic, the competition interviews have been conducted online.”
Sixteen young women between the ages of 16 and 19, who have earned their place in the Miss Maryland Agriculture Contest by winning their county Farm Bureau-sponsored contests, have been competing online for the prestigious title of Miss Maryland Agriculture, a scholarship, and the role of agriculture ambassador. Runners-Up will also receive a scholarship award.
“Contestants are judged primarily on their farm/agricultural knowledge and experience, speaking ability, and presentation,” added Amoss. The reigning Miss Maryland Agriculture 2019 Melyn Rhodes, of Queen Anne’s County, will have the honor of passing her title on to her successor. across the state to support the youth without having to travel to be here in person.” To support youth as a buyer, register at www. cowbuyer.com
The 3rd Annual Maryland State Fair and American Dairy Association NorthEast Undeniably Dairy “Shake-Off” Celebrity Milkshake Contest: Friday, September 4, 2 PM. Watch on https:// www.facebook.com/marylandstatefair
Celebrity participants from WMAR-TV 2, WJZ-TV 13, 95.1 Shine FM Radio and 100.7 The Bay Radio have submitted recipes and videos of their teams making creative milkshakes.
The videos as well as the milkshakes recreated by ADANE representatives will be presented to judges Maryland Dairy Princess Ellie Feaga, Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society President and Dairy Farmer Donna Myers, and Maryland Farm Bureau Director of Organization Parker Welsh.
The winning team will receive a trophy, bragging rights and an ice cream social. There will also be a people’s choice award judged by online viewers. For more information contact: Christina Crews at email@example.com
Maryland State Fair Youth and Adult Livestock Show (continued). Watch youth and open class exhibitors from Maryland participate in select livestock shows at www.marylandstatefair.com and at https://www.facebook.com/marylandstatefair)
Saturday, September 5: starting at 9 AM – Sheep, Boer Goat, Dairy Cattle Shows
Sunday, September 6: starting at 9 AM – Dairy Cattle, Sheep Shows
Monday, September 7: starting at 9 AM — Dairy Cattle Shows including the Holstein Futurity