Games, contests, parade at fair 53rd Howard County event will run until Saturday in West Friendship

August 17, 1998|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

Brigid Smith did a little dance after winning the cow-milking contest yesterday at the Howard County Fair.

The Catonsville resident had never touched a cow before but knew what it took to win -- just squirt the milk into the bucket.

"I made sure the cow didn't kick it over," the 24-year-old West Friendship volunteer firefighter said.

All day, spectators wandered the grounds, played games and watched a variety of contests at the 53rd Howard County Fair, which runs through Saturday in West Friendship.

Several hundred fairgoers crowded the show pavilion at 4: 30 p.m. and watched Andrea Warfield, 16, of Marriottsville win the Farm Queen Contest. Jamie Bullock, 16, of West Friendship finished second.

"I'm really excited," said Andrea, a junior at Glenelg High School. "I really want to educate everyone about agriculture."

Andrea, who wants to become a veterinarian, succeeds Laura Johnson, 17, of Clarksville.

"The competition was tough this year," Laura said. "The girls had so much poise and confidence, and they knew what they were talking about."

Andrea will represent the county Farm Bureau and promote agriculture at events during the next year.

Earlier in the afternoon on the fair's second day, adults and youngsters bent over tables and waited for an announcer to yell "go" in the pie-eating contest.

Then, with their hands clasped behind their backs, they began gobbling up slices of pie as quickly as they could. Afterward, their faces were smeared with cherries and blueberries.

Josh Frank, 17, of Monkton invented a successful strategy while watching others in earlier rounds. He pushed the edge of his slice of pie over its plate. Then, with his tongue, flipped the piece upright and devoured it.

"I just shoved my face down on it," said Josh, who won the 13-to-17-year-old competition.

Later, children and adults entered pets in the prettiest animal contest.

Owners wrote essays describing why they dressed their pets -- from dogs to guinea pigs -- in assorted costumes, from Mexican fiesta gear to a raincoat.

Candy Berry, 53, of Lisbon and several friends and family members paraded several dogs (including a puppy and a pug) and a llama, Pistol Pete, dressed in Wild West outfits.

"It was worth all the trouble," said Berry, whose group was judged most creative. "I like it because I'm a kid at heart."

At 2 p.m., the annual parade lumbered down the midway, led by Howard County Police Chief Wayne Livesay and a plethora of county officials, many running for re-election.

Next, the entire Baltimore Ravens Marching Band, a favorite of children who screamed at the beating of the drums, proceeded down the midway.

Drum Major Kip Patterson said the fair is the band's easiest gig.

"The parade route is shorter than the band," he said.

The band practices throughout the year in the fair parking lot.

As the band marched past, Alex Estomin of Ellicott City said she enjoyed the fair, especially the parade.

"I love it because I think it has good music," she said.

The fair runs through Saturday. Admission is $3.

The fair today

8 a.m. Gates open

10 a.m. Plantation Walking/Paso Fino Horse Show

10 a.m. Open Poultry Judging

10 a.m. 4-H, FFA poultry shows

2 p.m.-4 p.m. Demonstrations

3 p.m. 4-H Horsemanship

5 p.m. 4-H Market Swine Show

7 p.m.-9 p.m. Demonstrations

7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Detour on stage

Pub Date: 8/17/98

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