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2018 Montgomery County Agricultural Fair Coming Soon

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I love the County Fair!

The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair opens Aug. 10 and runs through Aug. 18.

From the animals to the rides and carnival games, it’s one of my favorite times of year. And don’t get me started on the food, such as these nachos from the Big Cheese Booth. Okay, what the heck, since we are on the topic of food, besides nachos, I also love the grilled cheese sandwich from the Big Cheese Booth. Some of my other favorite foods include funnel cakes, and ice cream from the Ice Cream Parlor, which is located next to Old MacDonald’s Barn.

Speaking of Old MacDonald’s Barn, this is a barn where visitors can see up close and in person, and learn about, a wide variety of animals, including horses, chickens, rabbits, goats, sheep, Alpaca, Llama, an Ox, and a Donkey.

At the Moo-Ternity Ward and Milking Parlor visitors can milk cows and, if you are lucky, even watch a cow giving birth. Below is a picture I took several years ago of a recently born baby cow. I forget if it was a boy or a girl.

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Additionally, let’s not forget another exciting aspect about the fair. The Fair offers many exciting contests where everyone can enter and show their skills! There are the more traditional farm animal shows and food awards. Then, there is a cheese-carving contest, a toilet seat decorating contest, a twitter and Instagram scavenger hunt, a Facebook selfie contest, a Christmas tree judging, and home brew and wine contests.

The fair schedule can be found here, a map of the fairgrounds can be found here, and tickets may be bought here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2018 National Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 28, 2018 was Memorial Day, when all of us pause to remember and honor the dedication and sacrifice of the men and women of the U.S. armed forces to defend our way of life. The nation’s largest single event on the holiday is the National Memorial Day Parade down Constitution Avenue NW in Washington D.C. I volunteered for the parade for the second year in a row. This year I was a photographer. You can check out some of my pictures below:

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2018 Alumni Weekend

Alumni Weekend was recently held at my alma mater, St. Andrews University (formerly St. Andrews Presbyterian College) and this year I was able to attend. I haven’t been able to go back to visit my alma mater since Alumni Weekend 2014, so it was nice to go back and spend time with my classmates, beloved faculty, and see the changes that have taken place.

William Henry Belk Center:

 

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Katherine MacKay Belk Bell Tower

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One of the new barn cats:

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Community Garden:

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Community Garden:

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Olney Chick-fil-A Grand Opening

Equipped with tents, blankets, pillows, multiple layers of clothing, and crossword puzzles and books to stay entertained, Matt Bernhard and Ian Robinson, had everything they needed to camp through a chilly December night.

But the Olney, MD residents weren’t camping at an ordinary campground. Instead, they, along with many others are in the parking lot of the new Chick-fil-A in Olney, MD as part of the fast food chain’s First 100 initiative, which promises the first 100 people 52 free meals. The restaurant opens at 6:30 a.m tomorrow, Thursday, December 7, 2017. It is located at 18115 Georgia Ave.

Matt and Ian arrived at 5:15 a.m today and were the 17th and 18th people in line.

“I am doing this for the experience,” Matt said.

Temperatures are expected to dip into the low 30’s tonight.

Franchise owner Erik Amik is supporting two organizations as part of his grand opening celebration. The First 100 campers are assembling 10,000 meals to be donated to Nourish Now. The restaurant is also collecting non-perishable food items in support of the Manna Food Center.

Spirit of Autumn

Today I had the opportunity to visit ARTECHOUSE newly opened exhibit “Spirit of Autumn”.

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The drawing room

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This is a room in the back of the exhibit where visitors can color in a leaf or two with markers. Once you are done designing your leaf, it is scanned and readied for projection onto the walls of the main gallery area.

Autumn Dance Room

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The gallery floor and wall fill with swirling gushes of fall colors through your gestures and moves. I made this light on the wall by pointing.

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The exhibit is open through Nov. 5. TICKETS: $8-20.

 

 

 

 

2017 Maryland Renaissance Festival

Yesterday I went to the Maryland Renaissance Festival. From the moment you drive onto the grounds, there are people dressed up in elaborate “period pieces” from the most authentic to the most outlandish. There are hundreds of activities for kids and adults. Shops adorn the paths between activities with intricately designed costumes, swords, and jewelry. Multiple stages throughout the festival showcase performances of all types, including singing and dancing.

Please enjoy this brief look into my day:

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