University of Maryland Extension

2018 Ag Week at the Mall

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 (All day) to Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 (All day)
Francis Scott Key Mall
5500 Buckeystown Pike
Frederick, MD 21704
United States

The Frederick County Agriculture Week will be held on February 12-17, 2018 at the Francis Scott Key Mall in Frederick, Maryland with the theme of #FarmersofFrederick.  Many displays and events are being planned for this year and changes have been made to the schedule and times of events.  If you have any questions concerning Frederick County Ag Week or your business or organization would like to place a display at the mall, please contact Ted Albaugh at 240-446-3054 or at or Katie Albaugh at 301-600-3037 or  Exhibits and machinery may be set up on Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.  Please note the time change to enter exhibits.  If the snow emergency plan is in effect for Frederick County, events at the mall will be cancelled or rescheduled.  

4-H theme for Club Booths, Club Posters and/or Club displays: "Putting Together the Pieces".  Entry Forms mailed or emailed to Jennie in the 4-H Office by Friday, February 2nd at 4:00 pm.

Activities currently planned are: 

Coloring contest – A coloring picture and entry form will be printed in the Frederick News Post prior to Ag Week and available here Coloring Page.  Entries will be accepted on Monday, February 12, 2018 at the 4-H Display (near Barnes & Noble) and judging will take place on Tuesday.  The pictures will be displayed throughout the week.  Ribbons will be awarded to the winners of each category.  Categories are:  novice (3 years and under); Juniors (4 years-7 years); and Youth (8 years – 12 years) and Adult (13-100+). 

Monday, February 12, 2018 – Ice Cream Making Contest – Registration will begin from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the entrance near DSW Shoes and churning will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Groups will need to supply their own hand crank freezer (which is in good condition and the mix is placed in a food grade, cleanable container inside the “bucket”), floor covering, supplies, (no eggs to be used in recipe), salt, ice, etc., along with a copy of the ice cream recipe for the judging.  Supplies should be purchased immediately prior to the event and transported to the event site in a cooler.  Ice cream must be churned on the premises and not pre-made.  Committee members will inspect the ice cream containers before churning begins.  Space also will be limited, (so individuals may have to take turns churning for their group).  Those teams participating will also need to supply ice cream for those in attendance and will be required to clean up their area after churning.  If teams do not supply ice cream for public consumption, the team will be disqualified.  The Frederick County Dairy Princess and Dairy Maids, and the Frederick County 4-H Royalty will be assisting with the ice cream churning and distribution.  Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st through 5th place.  For further information or questions, please visit the Frederick County Health Department’s website, Food Control Division.  If the snow emergency plan is in effect, or the ice cream churning will be held on Thursday, February 15th.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - The annual Marcie Becker Cake and Pie Contest and Auction will be held near center court.  Everyone is welcome to enter your cake or pie (with the recipe) to the center court between 6:00-6:30 p.m.  No baked goods that may promote rapid growth of bacteria may be entered, including cream pies, cream or meat filled pastries, custards and custard pies, pumpkin, meringue, mousse, ganache, curd, cream cheese icing, cheesecake or traditional butter cream icing will be allowed.  Also, cakes and/or pies may not be decorated or garnished with fresh fruit or vegetables.  An auction of all baked items will start at 7:30 p.m.  Denny Remsburg will serve as the auctioneer that evening.  Please plan to attend and purchase a delicious cake or pie to support Ag Week at the Mall.  For further information or questions regarding bake sale guidelines, please visit the Frederick County Health Department’s website, Food Control Division.

Also, the Farm Family of the Year (Audrey & Zene Wolf); the Ag Advocate of the Year (Mary Sue and Richard Grossnickle) and the Agri-Business of the Year (Hostetter Grain) and the Young Farmer of the Year (Matthew Toms) will be recognized prior to the cake sale.  If the snow emergency plan is in effect, the contest and auction will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2018.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – Come and enjoy and visit the exhibits and displays at the Mall.

Thursday, February 15, 2018 – The Frederick County 4-H Robotics Club (Robo Rangers) will be conducting various demonstrations and building events at center court from 4:30-9:00 p.m. The 4-H Tailwaggers 4-H Club will be available with their dogs to do a demo in front of DSW store from 6 – 8 pm.

Friday, February 16, 2018 – The Roy Porter Memorial Log Sawing Contest will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the vacant store next to Foot Locker (new location).  Registration will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Contestants will be judged on the best time and will be limited to a FFA boys team and FFA girls team from each FFA Chapter in Frederick County.  The Frederick County 4-H Royalty will also have teams participating in the contest and FFA Alumni teams can also participate.  A monetary prize will be awarded to the FFA Chapter for the winning boys team and the winning girls team.

The Frederick County Dairy Princess Committee will be constructing a Giant Ice Cream Sundae that evening at Center Court at 7:30 pm.  Members of the Frederick County Dairy Princess Committee, princesses and Royalty will be assisting with the construction of the sundae.

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - the Frederick County Sheep Breeders Association will be having demonstrations from 1:00-5:00 p.m. and the Frederick County 4-H Entomology Club will be having a display of insects between 12:00-3:00 p.m.  at center court.

A demonstration by Scales and Tales will be presented at 6:00 p.m. near the center court and the annual Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull will be held at 7:00 p.m. in front of the DSW store, with registration beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Prizes will be awarded to all participants.

Many agriculture organizations and businesses will be having displays during Ag Week at the Mall.  All displays and exhibits must be entered between 7:00 and 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 11, 2018, unless prior approval of the Ag Week Committee is received; and all exhibits MUST remain until 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018.  Machinery exhibits can be removed Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 9:30 p.m..  Exhibits must be picked up by 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 17th or they will be considered abandoned and removed from the property; all machinery exhibits must have plastic on the floor under the oil pan, and cardboard or carpet under the tires and jack.  NO STEEL WHEELS; booths and exhibits should be kept neat and clean all week.  The Chairman of each activity must make sure activities are cleaned up; no vehicles will be allowed in the mall unless approved by the Ag Week Committee and raffles must be approved by the Ag Week Committee and proper permits obtained.

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