Frederick hosts Ag Week at the Mall
FREDERICK, Md. — The hands of many 4-H and FFA youth were hand cranking the ice cream churns on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Francis Scott Key Mall.
The competition has become a tradition that many forward to and is just one component of the annual Ag Week at the Mall event. There were 21 teams in the contest, two fewer than last year.
“We knew with the rescheduled date due to weather, we would probably lose some participation. said, Cheryl Lenhart, one of the event’s organizers. “However, we did have two new 4-H clubs participate this year.”
Teams have an allotted amount of time to churn their ice cream, once that time is up, a volunteer from each team brings it to the judges for tasting.
The judges this year were Matthew Morris, University of Maryland Extension agriculture agent for Frederick County; Adam Stiska, director of mobile and digital strategies at Goodwill Industries International in Rockville, Md.; Jan Gardner, Frederick County Executive, and Lynne Thomas, Maryland State Dairy Princess.
In the end, the Walkersville FFA Chapter placed first with pineapple coconut; Tom’s Creek 4-H Club was second with pretzel chocolate; Lewistown Mt. View 4-H Club was third with Chocolate Strawberry; Libertytown 4-H Club placed fourth with easy mint chocolate chip and Tuscarora FFA Chapter was fifth with cinnamon flavored ice cream.
While popular, the Ice Cream Making Contest isn’t the only thing that brings the crowd.
There is a Log Sawing Contest in memory of Roy Porter, a highlight of the week, attracting seven female teams, nine male teams, and two co-ed teams.
In the female division, the Maryland State FFA Officer team of Sabrina Mann and Adelia Chandan placed first.
The Walkersville FFA Alumni team of Will Johnston and Grant Zimmerman won the male division and in the co-ed division, the Walkersville FFA Alumni team of Karen Zimmerman and John Umburger won. At the beginning of the week, there were 20 homemade cakes and pies participating in the Marcie Becker Memorial Cake Contest. Champion was Jayme Eaves with her coconut cake and Cheryl Lenhart’s chocolate cake with white icing was reserve champion.
There were things for all ages to participate in during Ag Week, designed to help promote Maryland Agriculture.
The Frederick News Post, published a coloring page to cut out, color and bring to the mall to be judged. The winning pictures were displayed throughout the week.
The Frederick County 4-H Robo Rangers Robotics Club conducted various demonstrations and building events throughout the week as well.
The Frederick County Sheep Breeders Association gave demonstrations and the Frederick County 4-H Entomology Club displayed insects for the public to come and view.
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