The mission to educate about agriculture continues
(Editor’s note: Andrew Cashman is the general manager of the Maryland State Fair.)
Since the beginning of time, farmers have battled with uncertainty and overcome challenges of many kinds from weather problems to market conditions to misunderstandings about agriculture’s importance to the world.
Now, our farmers are dealing with the ramifications of a global pandemic. These resilient and faithful members of society are on the front lines feeding our neighbors, our state, our country and our world. We are pleased to see that their hard work is being acknowledged as vital.
Since its inception 142 years ago, the Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society, Inc.’s mission has been to support agriculture, education, and to preserve and promote Maryland’s agricultural roots. Holding the annual Maryland State Fair has been our most important way to educate the general public about Maryland agriculture and the importance of its farmers.
While sadly we are unable to hold the Maryland State Fair this year, we are thankful to have received approval to hold livestock shows following all proper safety protocols. Although the shows are not open to the public, they will allow Maryland’s youth and open exhibitors to showcase their hard work and know that they are appreciated. We hope that this will be a memorable time for all.