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Senator Wayne Morse brought his bull to the fair.
Senator Wayne Morris of Oregon brought Devons to the Fair. He had a farm in Poolesville, MD. Photo courtesy of Montgomery County Agricultural Center

Montgomery County Agricultural Center / Fair

A dream in the 1940s to promote Montgomery County youth's involvement in the science of agriculture and home arts has resulted, half a century later, as the biggest and best county fair on the East Coast. Exemplifying the true meaning of community spirit, dedicated volunteers, County Extension Service agents, conscientious 4-H and Future Farmers of America members, and generous businesses all join together to produce the Fair. What started as a one-day Livestock Show that also showcased homemaking skills has grown into an exemplary facility that now offers year-round educational, cultural, scientific, charitable, and recreational activities as well as the area's most popular annual county fair.

The project is documented with a 63-page narrative; a journal article titled "The Montgomery County Story"; a Fair premium list from 1949; a catalog and a video of the 1999 Montgomery County Agricultural Fair; and four other videotapes entitled: "Reminiscing: Part I"; "Montgomery County Agricultural Fair: The First 50 Years"; "Montgomery Agricultural Fair: Big Day"; and "4-H at the Fair."

Originally submitted by: Constance A. Morella, Representative (8th District).

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