WESTMINSTER — If you want to see an egg hatch, slurp down some fresh milk, take a gander at some 4-H fashions or watch ice-cream being churned, visit Cranberry Mall for Ag Days.
The annual event is set for March 20 and 21 and coincides with National Agriculture Day on March 20.
The theme this year is "Sharing Agriculture's Finest."
About 40 agriculture-related groups will have booths, said 4-H Extension Service Agent Bob Shirley, who is helping organize the event.
"It's achance for those in agriculture to explain to the public what they're doing for the people in Carroll County," he said.
This year willbe the fifth year for Ag Days, which also has been at Carrolltowne Mall in Eldersburg, he said.
One of the more popular features of the event is the ice cream churn-off on Friday evening, Shirley said.
Groups -- many of them families -- will bring hand-crank ice-cream freezers and all the ingredients for ice cream to the mall, he said.
They'll work furiously to churn out a delectable dessert for the judges. After the judges taste and rank the efforts, ice cream sampleswill be distributed to the crowd, Shirley said.
On Saturday evening, children will be invited to participate in a "peddle pull" -- a tractor pull for the younger set, he said. Tractors will be provided.
On Saturday afternoon, 4-H'ers will participate in a fashion show,Shirley said.
The Carroll County Farm Bureau will sponsor a boothwith a videotape about agriculture and a food-related computer program, Secretary Sharon Fritz said.
Soil conservationist Stan Pennington said the Carroll Soil Conservation District will display before and after pictures of farms whose owners are involved in conservation practices.
"We'll let the farmers know what we can do for them," he said.
Conservationists also will distribute pamphlets to the public about controlling pollution in the Liberty and Prettyboy watershed areas.
Cranberry Mall is in the Liberty watershed, Pennington said.
The county Dairy Club and "Molly Moo" the cow will hand out dairy recipes and cheese, Fritz said.
Shirley said other groups withbooths at Ag Days include Southern States Cooperative, Baugher Enterprises, the local Grange, Dairymen Inc., the Carroll County Sportsmens Association and the Carroll County Beekeepers.
Producers of grain, beef and pork will have displays and demonstrations, he said.
About a half-dozen 4-H clubs will have booths, too, he said.
For entertainment, the Gingham Square Dancers of Westminster and the Carroll County Cloggers will perform.