44th annual community show celebrates agricultural heritage


courtesy of Patricia Beachy

Students show off their pets at the dog show.

by Lauren Hall, Reporter

The 44th Annual Community Show, in the auxiliary gym, from October 1st-3rd, celebrated the community’s arts, food, produce, and crafts.

The Linganore-New Market Community Show “unites the communities and districts surrounding Linganore High School to present a show of their talents and agricultural produce.”

The submission categories include: Canned Foods, “Jellies, Preserves, and Pickles,” Cakes, Baked Products and Candies, Sewing, Needlework, Flowers– Fresh, Dried, and Silk, Flowers (Horticulture/FFA Students), Arts, Crafts and Hobbies, Photography, Farm Products, and Garden Products.

Farm produce such as hay samples, corn, eggs, grains, haylage, and silage are judged on quality. Pat Beachy, FFA adviser and Community Show c0-organizer, said,”The way they judge the corn is really interesting. It’s based on uniformity, not size. The judges look at how all the ears match in size. Then they judge how each kernel is lined up in a straight line.”

Every year, the new Youth Ambassador of the FFA is selected. On Monday, October 2nd, Jordan Cencula, a member of the Class of 2018, was selected for 2017.

After the ambassador selection, there was a Baked Goods and FFA Flower Arrangement Auction in the cafeteria. This year, the highest bid on a cake was $900. The cake was baked by Samantha Rhodioct.

On Tuesday, the FFA Food for American Program showed agriculture to elementary students by featuring a petting zoo by Agricultural students, flower arranging by Horticulture students, face painting by Art students, hay rides, and a corn sand-box.

First grade students from both Green Valley Elementary School and New Market Elementary School came to visit. The Montgomery Methodist Children’s Center comes to visit the community show every year.

Also, on October 3, starting at 6:00pm, there was both a Pedal Tractor Pull and a Strut Your Mutt competition for children and adults of all ages.

“There was a bunch of mini competitions. The competitions included Prettiest Eyes, Most Obedient, Best Trick, Smallest Dog, and Cutest Dog. One of the judges was the new FFA Ambassador, Jordan Cencula,” said Kaycee Morris, a member of Class of 2018.

This is a great opportunity to get involved, win prizes, and browse the arts that the community has to offer.

Come check out the 45th Annual Linganore-New Market Community Show next October!