WASHINGTON — Four Carroll County farmers have contributed to an exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History by handpicking 3,500 ears of corn.
The farmers traveled to Virginia on Aug. 15 to pick corn for an exhibit commemorating the quincentenary, or 500th anniversary, of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus in 1492.
Lawrence E. Meeks of Silver Run and Donald Lippy, Keith Lippy andBradley Rill, all of Hampstead, drove 220 miles to Elberon, Va., about 65 miles south of Richmond, to a farm owned by Mac
The farm was chosen because the corn "was not stressed by dryweather," Meeks said. Corn growing in Carroll has suffered as a result of the drought this summer. Carroll and seven other counties were declared disaster counties by the U.S. Department of Agriculture lastweek.
Berryman's corn had been irrigated, said Meeks, president of the Maryland Grain Producers Association.
The farmers picked the3,500 ears in about three hours, he said.
Smithsonian officials had contacted the National Corn Growers Association, which in turn contacted the Maryland group, for help in gathering the corn, Meeks said.
The corn will be part of an exhibit called "Seeds of Change," which will show that Columbus' discovery was the beginning of the collision of two worlds that continues today, a brochure says.
Thirty thousand ears of corn will be used to build a 34-foot portal for the exhibit, said Herman J. Viola, who is developing the exhibit. Corn also is being shipped from other areas he said.
The exhibit opens Oct. 26 and continues through April 1993, Viola said.
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