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Follow AGNR at the 2013 State Fair!

Senior animal science major Alicja Reczynska shows off a newborn chick inside the birthing center at the 2013 State Fair.
Image Credit: 
Edwin Remsberg

The 2013 Maryland State Fair is well underway! Students, faculty, staff and alumni from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) are an integral part of making the fair a success each year at the state fairgrounds in Timonium. Haven't been by the fair yet this year? Check out our photo gallery to see what you've been missing so far.

Also, keep tabs on what’s going on by following AGNR on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #AGNRatMDstatefair.

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Led by AGNR Professor Emeritus, Tom Hartsock, Ph.D., animal science students from the College of AGNR will be working around the clock at the Birthing Center overseeing and assisting with live births of calves, litters of piglets as well as hatching chicks. The students also help narrate the births to fairgoers who can witness the miracles first-hand. AGNR students will be using Twitter (#statefairbirths) and Instagram to communicate with the public when a labor has begun. Video presentations will be also available when live births are not taking place. The Birthing Center – always a popular attraction at the fair – will be in a new location this year inside the Cow Palace behind the Dairy Bar.


An interactive, educational area designed for students of all ages, U-Learn Farm focuses on teaching children where their food comes from and what crops are grown in Maryland. Kids can decorate their own jars of grain, pose for pictures as various fruits and vegetables, play inside a big soy bean pit and much more.


The State Fair is a time to shine for the University of Maryland’s very own dairy herd. The cows are on display during the entire 11 days of the state fair, participating in milking demonstrations and generally just showing off for passersby inside the Cow Palace. Students from the College of AGNR will be overseeing the herd and available to answer questions from fairgoers about the UMD’s dairy program. Also, be sure to stop by and help us name a newborn calf. You can also see what last year’s state fair calf, named Raven (pictured above), looks like at a year old!


Experts from the University of Maryland Extension's Home and Garden Information Center and the Maryland Master Gardeners Program will be available to answer any of your gardening questions and to give tips, ideas and demonstrations to help make your own garden bloom better.



The 4-H youth development program is a big part of the work of University of Maryland Extension and the College of AGNR and the State Fair is an important time for 4-Hers from all over the state. They’ll be showing off the conclusion of projects they’ve been working on throughout the year on everything from livestock and crops to crafts and clothing! Also be sure to stop by the 4-H Foundation’s food booth for tasty treats!

The 2013 MD State Fair runs through Monday, September 2. For a complete schedule of events, visit

See you at the State Fair!

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