Ag Days to include food drive

March 12, 2014
Chris Lyle of Amity demonstrates how to shear a sheep during Washington County Agriculture Days at Washington Crown Center in 2008. - Observer-Reporter Order a Print

An assortment of farm equipment will be on display during the upcoming 26th annual Agriculture Days at the Washington Crown Center. While the machines may seem of place at the mall, the front-end loaders will be put to good use.

During the “Pack the Tractor” event at the mall March 21 and 22, the Washington County Farm Bureau will work alongside equipment dealers to collect food items for the Greater Washington County Food Bank. The hope is that each front-end loader bucket will be brimming with food by the end of the two-day event.

Don Carter, a member of the farm bureau, said the Pack the Tractor event was held on a small scale several years ago, but “this is going to be the first big year.”

He said there will be several drop-off boxes throughout the mall for canned goods, dried goods, juices, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items and “pretty much anything as long as it’s within (expiration) date.”

Judy Iams, a member of the Ag Day Committee, said there are currently five equipment dealers signed up for the Pack the Tractor event.

This year, Ag Days will be dedicated to former chairwoman Nadene Gardner, who died in January at the age of 75.

“Nadene was a huge influence on agriculture in Washington County,” Iams said. “She thought (the concept of Ag Days) was just so unique and so nice that she started it (here), and it just grew bigger and bigger.”

Ag Day events will be held this year from noon to 9 p.m. March 21 and 22. The events will include a “Super Sundae” made and served by the Washington Dairy Club, square dancing, an apple pie contest, agricultural demonstrations, a petting zoo and various performances.

“There’s just kind of a little bit of everything for everybody,” Iams said.

Emily Petsko joined the Observer-Reporter as a staff writer in June 2013. She graduated from Point Park University with a dual bachelor's degree in journalism and global cultural studies.

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