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State Agriculture Agency to Offer Family Friendly Activities Showcasing Agency’s Diversity during Maryland State Fair

 

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Maryland Department of Agriculture does more than just work with farmers to ensure sound farmland management practices. It helps ensure the wise use of fertilizers and pesticides, monitors the accuracy of weights and measures, controls mosquito populations, and protects the health of humans and animals. And much more.

The department will highlight many of the services it provides to improve the quality of life in Maryland during the 135th Maryland State Fair, Aug. 25 to Sept. 5 at the State Fair Grounds in Timonium.  The 11-day festival will feature thousands of home arts and agricultural exhibits, daily livestock and horse shows, a wide variety of midway rides and games, thoroughbred horse racing and national entertainment. The department will provide many displays in the Farm and Garden building throughout the fair. Just some of the displays you can expect to see include the following:

  • The Maryland’s Best marketing staff will host a Wheel of Knowledge where everyone in the family can spin the wheel and answer questions about Maryland agriculture for prizes.
  • The department’s Resource Conservation section will offer kids a “Track Down the Farm Animals” game where they can learn how farmers manage animal manure and protect water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  There will also be a model of a dairy farm with manure management and water quality protection practices in place.  
  • The Animal Health-program will have a 4×6 foot chicken coop and demonstrate appropriate fencing for a poultry grower area. Stop by and hear why that fencing helps keep chickens safe.  
  • The Weights and Measures section – which ensures that consumers who buy anything by weight or value get what they pay for – will have a calibrated scale that can tell you your actual weight.  
  • Christmas is still a few months away, but at the fair, you can see some of the best trees from around the state and vote for your favorite to get the “People’s Choice” award.  
  • The State Chemist will also show kids how to make snow in summer. Below is the snow and slime making schedule.

 

Date Time Activity
Friday, Aug. 26 9:30-4:00 p.m. Snow: 10:30-12 p.m. and Slime: 1:30-3 p.m.
3:30-8:30 p.m. Snow: 4:30-6 p.m. and Slime: 7-8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 27 9:30-4:00 p.m. Snow: 10:30-12 p.m. and Slime: 1:30-3 p.m.
3:30-8:30 p.m. Snow: 4:30-6 p.m. and Slime: 7-8 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 28 9:30-4:00 p.m. Snow: 10:30-12 p.m. and Slime: 1:30-3 p.m.
3:30-8:30 p.m. Snow: 4:30-6 p.m. and Slime: 7-8 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 29 11:30-4:30 p.m. Snow: 12 -1:30p.m. and Slime: 2-3:30 p.m.
4:00-8:30 p.m. Snow: 5-6 p.m. and Slime: 7-8 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 30 11:30-4:30 p.m. Snow: 12 -1:30p.m. and Slime: 2-3:30 p.m.
4:00-8:30 p.m. Snow: 5-6 p.m. and Slime: 7-8 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 31 11:30-4:30 p.m. Snow: 12 -1:30p.m. and Slime: 2-3:30 p.m.
4:00-8:30 p.m. Snow: 5-6 p.m. and Slime: 7-8 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 1

AG Day

9:30-4:00 p.m. Snow: 10:30-12 p.m. and Slime: 1:30-3 p.m.
3:30-8:30 p.m. Snow: 4:30-6 p.m. and Slime: 7-8 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 2 9:30-4:00 p.m. Snow: 10:30-12 p.m. and Slime: 1:30-3 p.m.
3:30-8:30 p.m. Snow: 4:30-6 p.m. and Slime: 7-8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 3 9:30-4:00 p.m. Snow: 10:30-12 p.m. and Slime: 1:30-3 p.m.
3:30-8:30 p.m. Snow: 4:30-6 p.m. and Slime: 7-8 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 4 9:30-4:00 p.m. Snow: 10:30-12 p.m. and Slime: 1:30-3 p.m.
3:30-8:30 p.m. Snow: 4:30-6 p.m. and Slime: 7-8 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 5 9:30-4:00 p.m. Snow: 10:30-12 p.m. and Slime: 1:30-3 p.m.
3:30-8:30 p.m. Snow: 4:30-6 p.m. and Slime: 7-8 p.m.

 

  • In addition, the Maryland Horse Industry Board – a program within the department – will be at the Horseland tent throughout the fair.

 

The Maryland State Fair will also celebrate “Agriculture Day at the Fair” on Thursday, Sept. 1.  The day will start off with a breakfast for legislators, followed by a luncheon and tour of the fairgrounds with Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Joseph Bartenfelder. Both events are by invitation only.  

For more State Fair information, visit www.marylandstatefair.com.    


Contact Information

If you have any questions, need additional information or would like to arrange an interview, please contact:

Julie Oberg
Director of Communications
Telephone: 410-841-5888

Jason Schellhardt
Public Information Officer - Media Relations
Telephone: 410-841-5744


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