25th-annual Country Fest and Auction scheduled Aug. 24

From The Garrett County Republican

McHENRY — The 25th-annual Country Fest and Auction is set for Aug. 24 at the Garrett County Fairgrounds in McHenry from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Billed as “an event for the whole family,” the festival is traditionally held the fourth Saturday in August.

Planning, setting up, running and cleaning up takes a large team of volunteers.

“Each church member from the age of 10 and up is assigned something to do,” said Lucy Maust, festival secretary. “We all just pitch in and do it.”

The fundraiser is sponsored by the Bittinger and Pillar of Life Mennonite churches in the Bittinger/Accident area. Maust stressed that 90 percent of all proceeds go toward Christian education for the church members’ children. The remaining 10 percent is donated to Christian Aid Ministries — a nonprofit Mennonite group headquartered in Berlin, Ohio — to minister to the “physical and spiritual needs of the world.”

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Lowdermilk chosen as 2019 Garrett County Farm Queen

From The Garrett County Republican

McHENRY — Rileigh Lowdermilk was crowned as the 2019 Garrett County Farm Queen on Sunday during the annual ceremony at the Garrett County Fairgrounds.

The fair will continue through Saturday, with various events scheduled for each day in the show ring and on the track, musical entertainment and carnival rides and games by Reithoffer Shows.

Lowdermilk is the 74th farm queen, as noted by Terri Rodeheaver of the Garrett County Board of Directors.

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62nd-annual Garrett County Agriculture Fair kicks off

The 62nd annual Garrett County Agriculture Fair kicks off with events running for an entire week.

The event will include many competitions, ranging from the judging of farm animals to canned goods, photography and 4-H and school projects.

All exhibit barns will be open to the public beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, the carnvial rides will be open from 1-11 p.m. and various contests/competitions will be held throughout the day. Tuesday will be Senior Citizens Day, with free admission granted for those ages 60 and older. Seniors may ride midway attractions free from 1-5 p.m. The day’s schedule will also include a pet show, a 4-H robotics challenge, and a Barrell Ba$h.

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What City Beach Is This?

Not a beach at all, of course, but the nighttime vision of the 2013 Garrett County Fair, now under way at the fairgrounds in McHenry. The weeklong event has all the traditional rides, carnival food, livestock animals, and exhibits, along with daily musical entertainment and a wide range of contests at the race track. The weather has been so-so for the fair this week, but that has not kept the crowds away, as residents and visitors alike have been there, walking the mid-way, buying the foodstuffs of many a local organization, and making mooing sounds at the cows. The fair will continue through Saturday, when the annual livestock show and sale will take place. All are encouraged to support the county’s youth in that event. A complete section with the results of the sale and other events will be published in two weeks. Photo by Lisa Broadwater. More here.

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May 17-18: Maryland in the War of 1812: A Living History Event at the Garrett County Fairgrounds, Md.

May 17-18: Maryland in the War of 1812: A Living History Event at the Garrett County Fairgrounds, Md. Learn about “The Star-Spangled Banner” and hear ballads and sea chanties, with presentations from historians such as Chris George, Vince Vaise, Mike Dixon and David Hildebrand. 301-387-4386.

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