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March 24, 2002
How to make goats a profitable agriculture enterprise is the focus of the Maryland Goat Conference, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Carroll County Agriculture Center in Westminster. Speakers will include veterinarians, a parasitologist, a goat broker and feedlot operator, and extension agents. Commercial exhibits and door prizes also will be featured. Registration is $25 and includes lunch, refreshments and resource materials. Registration is required by tomorrow by calling the Carroll County extension office at 410-386- 2760 or 888-326-9645 or by e-mail, mb232@umail.
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By Pat van den Beemt | July 15, 2013
The Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture is broadening its horizons when it hosts a pair of events, one old and one new, at its Shawan Road site Aug 10. Considering the array of interests - beef cattle, goats, worms, vegetable gardens, rabbit-jumping contest, heirloom tomato tasting and scavenger hunt - involved, one might even describe the festival as eclectic. Everything listed, and a whole lot more, can be found at the Ag Center that day after both groups decided to hold their events on the same day in hopes of attracting more visitors.
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March 4, 1998
ANOTHER POLITICAL TIFF over state funding for the new Carroll County Agriculture Center threatens to undermine the county delegation's credibility in Annapolis. With $400,000 in bonds already approved, the nonprofit center planned outside Westminster expected smooth passage of the final $300,000 installment this year. Instead, the issue has become a political hot potato.Del. Ellen Willis Miller, the only Democrat in the county delegation, prefiled a bill to provide the $300,000. She then withdrew it after finding problems at the center.
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By Sydney Paul | October 16, 2012
The Laurel Historical Society continued its Tasting Laurel series on Oct. 11 with a presentation on the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center and the history of agriculture in Laurel and the surrounding Prince George's County. The discussion was presented by environmental issues consultant John Peter Thompson, who guided attendees through a history of the National Agricultural Farm, which has many roots in Prince George's County, to the current state of BARC, which is located a little south of Laurel.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF | May 9, 1999
The key to the growth of the Carroll County Agriculture Center in Westminster is, fittingly, a farm.Center supporters say the county should consider acquiring a 104-acre family farm located between the center and Route 27, before the prime real estate is snapped up by a developer.Acquisition of that farm -- just outside Westminster city limits on Ridge Road -- would provide the Ag Center with a main entrance from Route 27, as well as more land for horse shows and other uses, and preserve what little agricultural land there is in the immediate area of the center and the Carroll County Farm Museum.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | January 30, 1998
During last year's General Assembly session, Del. Ellen Willis Miller took the lead in securing $300,000 in state money for a new exhibition center and arena at the Carroll County Agricultural Center in Westminster.Pledging continued support, Miller prefiled a bill for the 1998 legislative session for another $300,000 in matching state bond money.Last week, project organizers were surprised and disappointed when Miller withdrew her proposal, saying that the project lacked focus, had grown too large and would create problems for the adjacent residential community.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | June 18, 2004
The Carroll County Agriculture Center's new arena will open late next month when it is host of the weeklong 4-H/FAA Fair, ending a $4.3 million construction project that was hampered by inclement weather and delayed by changes in work orders. A use-and-occupancy permit was issued in late April, but minor detail work, including spot painting and installing small parts, and cleanup of the 52,500- square-foot arena in Westminster need to be completed, said Lawrence E. Meeks, president of the center's board.
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By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | October 18, 2000
The old barns and sheds at Carroll County Agriculture Center outside Westminster will soon be torn down to make way for an expanded arena to accommodate the annual 4-H Fair. The five-member Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission yesterday unanimously approved site plans for the center's $4 million expansion. The weeklong 4-H Fair is the center's largest event, and the new facility will better serve the needs of the fair and other activities. "We're working through a couple of issues - water and sewer service and electrical lines - but hope to break ground soon," said Lawrence Meeks, president of the center's 17-member board of directors.
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January 29, 1999
CARROLL COUNTY needs a new Agriculture Center for the good of the county's important farming sector as well as the rest of the community. Inadequacy of the old center buildings outside Westminster has been apparent for some time.Plans announced yesterday by the non-profit center's board of directors call for a new building costing more than $3 million that would be located near the existing complex.The price is double what was proposed three years ago, while the size has shrunk to 26,000 square feet from 37,000.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | June 18, 2004
The Carroll County Agriculture Center's new arena will open late next month when it is host of the weeklong 4-H/FAA Fair, ending a $4.3 million construction project that was hampered by inclement weather and delayed by changes in work orders. A use-and-occupancy permit was issued in late April, but minor detail work, including spot painting and installing small parts, and cleanup of the 52,500- square-foot arena in Westminster need to be completed, said Lawrence E. Meeks, president of the center's board.
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July 26, 2012
Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair opens this weekend, with events starting Friday, July 27, and continuing through Aug. 4, at the Carroll County Agriculture Center, 700 Agriculture Center Dr., Westminster. Some of the familiar attractions include racing pigs, the combine demolition derby, Wild West night, lawn mower races, the tractor pull, chain saw carving demonstrations and more. Highlights for the week include the annual 4-H Parade (July 29, 6 p.m.), the Ms. Carroll County Farm Bureau Contest (July 29, 7 p.m.)
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By Katie V. Jones | February 19, 2012
Approximately 50 horses will be on display for auction at the Carroll County Agriculture Center in Westminster on Sunday, Feb. 26. One is blue, another has stripes and another has balloons. Another has the scene of a fox hunt painted on its side. Yet another comes with two tickets to a Broadway show. These horses don't eat much and can easily fit into your car - they aren't real, but rather a mix of ceramic statues, wooden models and others - all created for the "Horses of Many Colors for a Cause Retreat Round-Up," a fundraiser hosted by the Horse of Course 4-H Club, and benefiting The Retreat at Beckleysville.
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November 3, 2011
The annual Carroll County Corn Maze at the county Agriculture Center, 706 Agriculture Center, Westminster, is being held over an extra weekend. Due to the good weather forecast for the weekend, organizers decided to open the maze Friday, Nov. 4 through Sunday, Nov. 6. Hours are Friday 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 5 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 7 p.m. The theme of this year's maze is "Carroll County's Top 5 Agricultural Products: Can you name...
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2010
Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. used the opening of the area's newest farmers market to announce he has appointed Chris McCollum director of county's $10 million agricultural center, which opens in Hunt Valley in September. Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. used the opening of the area's newest farmers market to announce he has appointed Chris McCollum director of the county's $10 million agricultural center, which opens in Hunt Valley in September. "Chris will do an excellent job managing this important facility and will provide the vision and leadership that will quickly establish it as a true focal point for local agriculture here and throughout the region," Smith said.
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By Jennifer Choi | July 24, 2008
It's Oktoberfest in July at state fairgrounds Festival Get your lederhosen out of the closet, pack the kids into the minivan and head over to the Maryland State Fairgrounds for a two-day celebration of all things German. The 108th German Festival features live entertainment, including traditional dancing and folk singing; children's entertainment, including a puppet show and a rock-climbing wall; crafts; German food; imported and domestic beer; and more. Free parking provided. The festival runs 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.
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July 30, 2007
Family Fun 4-H/FFA fair Go to the Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at the Carroll County Agriculture Center, 700 Agriculture Center Drive, Westminster. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for children younger than 5. Call 410-848-FAIR or go to carrollcountyfair.com. FYI Edward Gunts is on assignment. His column does not appear today.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | December 26, 2004
The bulls headed to the Carroll County Agriculture Center this winter won't be competing for blue ribbons - but points for being rank. In bull riding, being "rank" refers to the animals' "heart and athletic ability," not their aroma, said Lisa Williams, a co-owner with her father and brother of J Bar W Ranch Inc. in Johnsville, Frederick County. They plan to bring the Battle of the Beast pro-bull riding event to Westminster, beginning Saturday. "We're not a rodeo - no horses," Williams said.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | December 26, 2004
The bulls headed to the Carroll County Agriculture Center this winter won't be competing for blue ribbons - but points for being rank. In bull riding, being "rank" refers to the animals' "heart and athletic ability," not their aroma, said Lisa Williams, a co-owner with her father and brother of J Bar W Ranch Inc. in Johnsville, Frederick County. They plan to bring the Battle of the Beast pro-bull riding event to Westminster, beginning Jan. 1. "We're not a rodeo - no horses," Williams said.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Sun Reporter | July 22, 2007
Proving that tractors can be more than just a machine to sow corn and wheat, the Interstate Truck and Tractor Pullers Inc. will converge on the Carroll County 4-H/FFA Fair Friday night to strut their stuff. Or, rather, pull their stuff. The big tractors, weighing 7,500 pounds or more, will be strained to see which one can pull a weighted sled the farthest along a 300-foot track, said Helen McKenzie, whose husband, Fred, participates in large tractor pulls in the Mid-Atlantic area. "The sled itself weighs 35,000 pounds," Helen McKenzie said.
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By Nick Shields and Nick Shields,Sun reporter | August 25, 2006
Officials are moving ahead on a multimillion-dollar plan that would bring agricultural groups under one roof in the steeplechase country of northern Baltimore County. Baltimore County officials are expected to announce today the $3.8 million purchase of more than 100 acres of farmland on Shawan Road in the Hunt Valley area for the site of the Baltimore County Agricultural Resource Center and Farm Park. The deal is expected to allow the construction of a facility that would serve as an educational resource center, while conserving open space.
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