Live­stock shows, spe­cial com­pe­ti­tions and more to be vir­tual at state fair

The Dundalk Eagle - - EDITORIAL -

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 ccrews@milk4you.org

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

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