University of Maryland Extension

2020 Ag Week at the Mall

Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 (All day) to Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 (All day)
Francis Scott Key Mall
5500 Buckeystown Pike
Frederick, MD 21704
United States

The Frederick County Agriculture Week will be held on February 17-22, 2020 at the Francis Scott Key Mall in Frederick, Maryland with the theme of # Ag for the Future.  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 Stevens at 301-600-3037 or  Exhibits and machinery may be set up on Sunday, February 16th 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: "Adventure Awaits in 4-H".  4-H youth may also enter up to 5 posters.

Entry forms for Club Booths/Posters/Displays and 4-H Youth Posters must be submitted online at:  Entry forms are due by Friday, January 31st at 4:00 pm.

Coloring contest – A coloring picture (at the bottom of the page) and entry form will be printed in the Frederick News Post prior to Ag Week.  Entries will be accepted on Monday, February 17th at the 4-H Display (near Barnes & Noble) and judging will take place on Tuesday.  The winning 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+).  The Frederick County 4-H Royalty will be sponsoring a canned food drive during Ag Week.  Please bring your donations to the 4-H display booths located in front of the Barnes & Noble store.

Monday, February 17th – Ice Cream Making Contest – Registration will begin from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. at center court 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, the ice cream churning will be held on Wednesday, February 19th.

Tuesday, February 18th- 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.  If the snow emergency plan is in effect, the cake/pie contest will be held on Thursday, February 20th.

Also, the Farm Family of the Year Mid-View Farms (the Tucker Family); the Ag Advocate of the Year (Connie Palmer), the Agri-Business of the Year (Hemp's Meats) and the Young Farmer of the Year (Andrew Toms) will be recognized prior to the cake sale.

Wednesday, February 19th – 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.

Thursday, February 20th – Come and enjoy and visit the exhibits and displays at the Mall.

Friday, February 21st – The annual Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull will be held at 7:00 p.m. at center court, with registration beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Any child, from ages 5-10 are eligible to participate in the pedal pull.  Prizes will be awarded to all participants.

Saturday, February 22nd - the Frederick County Sheep Breeders Association will be having spinning 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.  The Frederick County 4-H Tailwaggers Dog Club will be having demonstrations and activities from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at center court. 

A demonstration by Scales and Tales will be presented at 6:00 p.m. at the center court.  The Roy Porter Memorial Log Sawing Contest will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the vacant store next to American Eagle (the old Pac Sun Store).  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.  FFA Alumni, 4-H Clubs, and the 4-H Royalty are also encouraged to have a boy and girls team to compete as well.  Monetary prizes will be awarded to the teams with the best time.  

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 16, 2020, unless prior approval of the Ag Week Committee is received; and all exhibits MUST remain until 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2020.  Machinery exhibits can be removed Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 9:00 p.m.  Exhibits must be picked up by 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 22nd or they will be considered abandoned and removed from the property; NO STEEL WHEELS; all machinery exhibits must have plastic on the floor under the oil pan, and cardboard or carpet under the tires and jack.  If there is inclement weather on Saturday night, exhibits may be picked up on Sunday, February 23rd from 9-10 a.m.  Also, 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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