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Swine flu outbreak in Charles County keeps Great Frederick Fair officials on alert

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An outbreak of swine flu at the Charles County Fair has officials at The Great Frederick Fair on alert, though there’s no indication that the disease has affected local hogs. “Basically, we’ve seen no signs, and our animals appear to be healthy,” said Paul Inskeep, a superintendent at The Great Frederick Fair’s swine barn. “The Fair Board is aware of the situation and are trying to keep us up-to-date on it. But at this point, we have no animals showing any signs of sickness or disease.” Despite the low risk, state veterinarians sat down with swine superintendents, Fair Board members…

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Undefeated showman celebrates fifth win at The Great Frederick Fair

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To be named master showman, members of 4-H and FFA must understand not only their animals, but also the judge. Olivia Dutton, 18, proved once again that she has a solid understanding of both as she accepted her fifth straight master showman title at the 4-H Dairy Goat Show. She and her dairy goat Daenerys — named after the exiled Targaryen princess from “Game of Thrones” — entered the show ring last, but finished at the top of the pack on Wednesday. Olivia has competed with Rocky Ridge 4-H Club for the last 10 years, showing dairy goats, market lambs,…

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Jousting demonstration brings state sport to Great Frederick Fair

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Bradley Enfield brushed and saddled his horse, Chex, as he prepared for the jousting demonstration Tuesday at The Great Frederick Fair. Enfield was among eight jousters who brought Maryland’s official individual sport to a Frederick County audience. Enfield, 22, of Washington County, is a current national jousting champion. In October, he’ll defend his title at the championship in Brunswick. Before Tuesday morning’s jousting demonstration, however, Enfield said he was more nervous about how Chex would ride during the fair’s low-stakes contest. “The horse plays a big role. He’s an animal and has bad days too, so you both need to…

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Horse racing at the Frederick Fair

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Standardbred horses are a mainstay at The Great Frederick Fair, and this year, breed aficionados hope to bring more fans to the sport of harness racing and the horses themselves. Saturday is Standardbred Day at the fair, although there will be harness racing through Saturday. On Saturday, horse lovers will be treated to harness racing, the exciting Sulky to Saddle races and the Standardbred Horse Show. Sulky to Saddle will feature Standardbreds being ridden a mile at the trot in the speedy time of around two minutes. The Standardbred Show will feature retired racers and those too slow to race….

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Tom and hen sell for at least $400 at inaugural turkey sale

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As the first of the leaves start to change color, a crowd of hopeful buyers packed into the poultry barn at The Great Frederick Fair to put a Thanksgiving turkey on their tables. Delegate Kathy Afzali was among the buyers Tuesday and she sat in the front row — No. 50 in her hand — as the champion birds were wheeled out for the annual 4-H and FFA meat rabbit and turkey auction. Afzali bid on Morgan Baker’s white- breasted champion hen turkey, but her final bid of $325 was outbid. The bird ultimately sold for $400 to Shuff’s Meats….

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FCPS students build friendships in swine shows at fair

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Katie Glass steps inside a pigpen and starts spraying down one of her three pigs. After a few spritzes and a couple of brushes, her pig dives into a pile of wood shavings and rolls around. Katie looks at her mom and sighs. “They can be a little difficult sometimes,” chimed in Thomas Flohr, a seventh-grader at Thurmont Middle School. Katie, also a seventh-grader at Thurmont Middle, is a first-timer in the swine showing event at The Great Frederick Fair. She’s one of hundreds of Frederick County Public Schools students in 4-H participating in fair festivities this week. Those 4-H…

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Deputies help Mount Airy boy through riding therapy

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  Two days before his ninth birthday, Mason Mathews rode his bike down the driveway and crossed Woodville Road to the mailbox. His mother, Angie, was inside baking his birthday cake, and though she never allowed him to get the mail, that day — in what she suspected was a search for birthday cards — she let him go. As Mason turned back and stepped into the road, an SUV hit him. “Your heart just falls out,” Angie said, almost two years after the crash. Mason, now 10, suffered major brain injuries and is a diagnosed quadriplegic. The family enrolled Mason…

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Swindell closes down the fair Sunday with country chart toppers

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unday was a school night for teachers Jami and Ryan Kint, but seeing Cole Swindell perform live at The Great Frederick Fair was enough to keep the Frederick couple out past their normal bedtime. “We are really big fans,” Jami Kint said of the “Chillin’ It” singer Sunday as she and her husband waited with a couple dozen other fans at a meet-and-greet backstage before the show. “We saw Cole when he came to Party in the Park in Frederick [in 2014],” she continued. “We’ve been longtime fans ever since.”  Ryan Kint chimed in before stepping up to get his…

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Tractor pull roars through Great Frederick Fair

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“I’m the baby of the class,” Art Brommer said, standing beside his two-engine, modified class tractor, named Here’s Hopen, as he prepared to compete in the tractor pull Monday evening at The Great Frederick Fair. Brommer, of New Holland, Pennsylvania, competes with lower-power engines than many of the tractors in his class on the East Coast Pullers circuit. With two 650-horsepower Dodge engines, Here’s Hopen cranks out about 1,300 horsepower when it’s dragging a 65,000-pound sleigh down a dirt track. But ahead of Monday’s pull, the last of the season, Brommer wasn’t sweating his handicap. He’d missed eight pulls early…

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