Ag Education

Education is the key to our future and knowledge is power!  While at the Fair you can learn all about agriculture by visiting the KidZone, Master Gardeners & Farmers Triangle, the Honey Bee Demonstrations, and Agricadabra.  We promise you will leave with new knowledge you can impress your friends with! 

Old MacDonald's Barn

Old MacDonald’s Barn started in 1967 with a handful of baby animals exhibited to show which animals were being raised on local farms.  The barn has grown and changed into the animal education area it is today where you can see up close and in person, a wide variety of animals. 

See the differences between an Alpaca and a Llama, an Ox, a Donkey, and more. Be sure to speak with one of our Old MacDonald’s Barn volunteers and learn interesting facts about the farm animals currently residing on farms in our area.

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center Mooo-ternity Ward & Milking Parlor

The Fair will begin with 5 – 9 cows ready to give birth throughout the week.  After the birth, you can see a calf stand on their newborn legs for the first time and bond with their mother.

Check the schedules at the Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center Mooo-ternity Ward to see what is happening each day. There may even be a newborn baby to see!

You’ll also witness old fashioned hand milking and modern machine milking on Maple Avenue at select times during the day.  Watch first hand where milk comes from.

Agricadabra Presents Barnyard Animals

Fun and Entertaining Shows Daily at the Pepco an Exelon Company Community Stage!

Brad is an educational agricultural specialist.  He entertains and educates Fairgoers on Maryland Agriculture.  This year's show is Barnyard Animals!  Make sure you come out to the show to learn about all of the animals on the farm.  You will get to meet Houdini the Rabbit and Nugget the Rooster after the show.  Brad is always in need of volunteers so make sure to get to the show early!

Blacksmith

A blacksmith is a metalsmith who creates objects from wrought iron or steel by forging the metal, using tools to hammer, bend, and cut. Blacksmiths produce objects such as gates, grilles, railings, light fixtures, furniture, sculpture, tools, agricultural implements, decorative and religious items, cooking utensils and weapons.

Free demonstrations at various times on the Upper Grounds.

Glassblowing

Glassblowing is a glassforming technique that involves inflating molten glass into a bubble (or parison) with the aid of a blowpipe (or blow tube). A person who blows glass is called a glassblower, glassmith, or gaffer.

Glass is made up of silica, which is basically a high-quality type of sand. Other materials, such as metals and metal oxides, are added to silica to lower the melting point of the mixture. Other key ingredients often found in glass include soda (sodium dioxide) and lime (calcium oxide).

Glassblowers mix these ingredients to make a batch of glass, which they will melt in a furnace in their workshop (called a hot shop). The batch is heated in a pot called a crucible to an initial temperature of over 2,000º F.

While glass can be blown by one person alone, it's a challenging task that's usually best tackled by a team. The lead glassblower is called the gaffer. The gaffer uses a blowpipe (a hollow tube made of iron or steel that's usually about four feet long) to dip into the crucible to coat the end with a blob of molten glass.

The gaffer then blows into the blowpipe to create a bubble in the molten glass. Depending upon what kind of product the gaffer wants to make, a large, flat surface called a marver can be used to shape the glass. Other tools, including blocks, jacks, heat shields, and paddles, help the gaffer and his team to shape the molten glass into the final product desired.

As the glass is being shaped, it often cools to the point where it becomes unworkable. When that happens, the glass must be put into a second furnace (called the glory hole) to reheat it to the point where it's once again flexible enough to shape further.

When the glass product is finished, it must be cooled carefully. A third furnace, called an annealer, is used to slowly cool the glass product to the point where it becomes a sturdy solid that's still transparent. If glass is cooled too quickly, it can crystallize and lose its transparency while also becoming extremely fragile and subject to breaking easily.

Free demonstrations at various times on the Upper Grounds.

KidZone

Don’t miss the magical moments you can create in the KidZone (located next to the Heritage Building)!  KidZone offers action packed events everyday that are geared towards children (infants – 12 years old) that you can enjoy with your family.

Be sure to visit the Ag Education Trailer!

 

 

Maryland Agricultural Showcase

A first in the nation, the Mobile Science Labratory has shown enormous success in directly teaching the interaction between agriculture and our everyday environment.  Hands-on experiences in Ag Products, Aquatics, and Biotechnology have proven very effective and very popular learning methods.  Located on the Upper Grounds in the KidZone.

Master Gardeners & Farmers Triangle

Visit our Bay Friendly Garden featuring water conservation, native plants, permeable walkways, natural pest management, rain barrels, drip hoses, Xeriscaping, ornamentals, grasses, vegetables, herbs, rain garden, demonstrations and fascinating pollinators.

A Master Gardener will be glad to speak with you so stop on by!

At the corner of Red Oak & Hickory Ave. near Building 6

 

Honey Bee Education

Can you find the queen in the beehive? A beekeeper will be available at various times throughout each day for demonstrations, questions and displays.

Located at the Farmers’ Triangle

Woodturners

Woodturning is the craft of using the wood lathe with hand-held tools to cut a shape that is symmetrical around the axis of rotation. Like the potter's wheel, the wood lathe is a simple mechanism which can generate a variety of forms. The operator is known as a turner, and the skills needed to use the tools were traditionally known as turnery.

Items made on the lathe include tool handles, candlesticks, egg cups, knobs, lamps, rolling pins, cylindrical boxes, Christmas ornaments, bodkins, knitting needles, needle cases, thimbles, pens, chessmen, spinning tops; legs, spindles and pegs for furniture; balusters and newel posts for architecture; baseball bats, hollow forms such as woodwind musical instruments, urns, sculptures; bowls, platters, and chair seats. Industrial production has replaced many of these products from the traditional turning shop. However, the wood lathe is still used for decentralized production of limited or custom turnings. A skilled turner can produce a wide variety of objects with five or six simple tools. The tools can be reshaped easily for the task at hand.

Free demonstrations at various times on the Upper Grounds.

  • Professional Bull Riders
  • Ernest Maier
  • Barrons Lumber
  • Burdette Brothers
  • 270 Net Technologies
  • Pepco an Exelon Company
  • Stang Plumbing & Heating
  • Old Line Bank
  • Hot 995
  • Capital Fence
  • Valpak
  • Butler's Orchard
  • Guardian Fire Protection Services
  • T-Mobile
  • Grant County Mulch
  • WPGC
  • Fast Signs
  • El Zol
  • Rippeon Equipment Company
  • Gladhill Tractor
  • United Service Specialist
  • DCW 50
  • Vacation Village Resorts and Affiliates
  • Garber
  • Lustre Craft
  • Montgomery Magazine
  • Harmony Express
  • ABC 7
  • WTOP
  • WFRE
  • Kitchen Craft
  • Xfinity
  • County Cable Montgomery
  • SmartBox
  • Lakeforest Mall
  • Twin Valley Distillers
  • Wash FM
  • Popsicle Fruit Pops
  • Holy Cross Health
  • DEL Landscaping
  • Adventist Health Care Shady Grove Medical Center
  • The Grey Goose Farm
  • Sundance Vacations
  • Landscape Enterprises
  • Montgomery County Public Schools Department of Transportation
  • fios
  • DC 101