Montgomery County Agricultural Center Inc. 1
“Country Fun in the City Sun”
June 2007 August 10 -18, 2007
“Country Fun in the City Sun” Volunteers Needed
It’s hard to believe that the 2007 fair is less As always there are plenty of opportunities
than 60 days away. The fair will run Aug. for volunteers. The information
10-18, 2007. The theme is “Country Fun booths/guest relations will have expanded
in the City Sun”. Many old favorites will responsibilities and need additional
return to the grandstand like the Monster volunteers. If you can help, please contact
Truck show, Demolition Derby and Tractor Sue Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org or
pull. Look for the new Horseshoe Pitching 301-926-5858. 4-H clubs may want to do
competition in the grandstands, $400.00 in this as a group for one or more days.
prize money will be awarded. All
competitors are welcome. Tyzen “Master of P.A. Announcements
suggestion” will be new at the racing park
stage. New in Community Square will be P.A. announcements are due to Sue Sullivan
the Kid Buck$ game show. The FAME race by July 14, 2007. Announcements can be
track will be back beside the Cheese Booth faxed to 301-926-1622 or e-mailed to
and new this year we will have a NASCAR email@example.com .
simulator, located in lower 4-H. There is so
much fun going on at the 2007 fair, you New Life Member Photo ID cards
don’t want to miss a single moment. But
before the fun can begin, there is plenty of Life members must use the new photo ID
work to get done. cards to gain admission to the fair at any
Workdays gate. During the fair photo ID’s can be made
between 9-11am each day as well as
Work days will be held July 14, July 21, Tuesday and Thursday 7-9pm. Photo ID’s
July 28 and Aug. 4, 2007 beginning at 8:00 can be made during the workdays. There is
am. Lunch will be served at 12:30. Meal a $25.00 fee for replacement ID’s.
tickets must be picked up when signing in
before 9:00 am. In the event of inclement Entry Office
weather-there is still plenty of work to be
accomplished, we can use all the help we Online entries will be available by June 25,
can get! 2007. For more information and to
download your department and entry form
go to www.mcagfair.com and click on fair
Computer stations will be used again for home page. Entry deadline will be July 10,
volunteers to sign in and out. The stations 2007. Late entries will be accepted until
are located in the main office, the Heritage, July 20, 2007 with a $10.00 penalty fee per
4-H and Building 23. Hours these stations exhibitor. Please remember animal health
will be available during the fair are: papers need to be in the office by July 31,
New News 2007.Please take inventory of any supplies
you have on hand and only order what is
We would like to welcome to the office needed.
Marnie Adamson-Comanda, our new
Facilities Rental Coordinator. Her duties Superintendents and Chairpersons
include scheduling the use of our buildings
during the off season for rental customers The next meeting will be Saturday, July 14,
and 4-H clubs. Prior to the Fair she will be 2007 in building 2 at 7:30 am. We hope to
working with Dan Leaman to select our food have your department packets available and
vendors and commercial space displays. Her review new procedures for this years fair.
responsibilities include completing
contracts, maintaining financial records and Also, every morning beginning Saturday,
providing reports to ensure that payment is August 11, 2007 there will be a
received from user groups. She is in the superintendents/chair meeting in the
process of updating our web site and will Boardroom at 9 am.
also be responsible for working with
department superintendents to make changes As always, the Board of Directors,
and improvements to the Fair Catalog each Executive Director and office staff are
year. Marnie is a very organized, detailed available for questions, concerns or general
and skilled problem solver. We know that dialogue. Please feel free to contact any of
she will enjoy the help and support of our them to discuss your concerns. We look
volunteers and life members as she forward to another great fair season. As
transitions into her new duties. members and volunteers you can make it
The meals in the Harvest Room (dining hall)
during the fair will be provided by J R 2007 Royalty Court
Caterers. Jacob Kallarackle and Glen
Frankel have been providing superior food Congratulation’s to the following young
service for over 30 years. We welcome adults that made the 2007 Fair Royalty
them to the fair and look forward to the Court.
great meals that they plan to provide. Marianne Mullan, Bree Feuillet, Casey
Lyons, Elsa Friis, Caitlin Perdue, John
Office Report Michael St. Angelo, Christopher Perdue
John Gallagher, Luke Curran
We welcome our new seasonal staff; Kim and Andrew Dobos.
Lechlider who will help assist you in the This was a banner year, we had 22 excited
front office and Brittany Hilton who will be applicants for the Royalty Court, making the
a great addition to the entry office. We judges decision very difficult.
welcome back Liam Sullivan, Lorelei Irons We would like to thank Debbie Murphy,
and Veronica Ward. As always, the Board Cathy Gordon and Sidney Katz, who did an
of Directors, Executive Director and office excellent job. All the applicants thoroughly
staff is available for questions, concerns or enjoyed their interviews.
general dialogue you may have. 2007 Fair Don’t forget to attend the Coronation,
Catalogs are available in the main office. Sunday, August 12, 2007, at 7 pm in Racing
Park. We are all anxious to see who our
Supply Requests new King and Queen will be.
Supply requests and photography requests ~ Royalty Committee
are also due on or before July 15,
Scholarships go to www.mcagfair.com home page and
click on "Scholarships".
Congratulations go out to the 10 MCAC
scholarship recipients who were announced Rental Discount
at the annual meeting this year. Six
individuals received a $1,000 scholarship: The following statement was passed by
Benjamin Butler, Brittany Hilton, Bryon unanimous Board Vote for inclusion in
Hulcher, Jonathan Ryan, Joshua Skipton and MCAC policy. “A 25% Discount on
Eve Waters. Winners of the $500.00 facility rental only is available to active
scholarships are Alicia Agnew, Lisa life members for personal family
Campbell, Sarah Piechocinski and celebrations including father, mother, and
Christopher Ryan. All of the winners are children.”
pursuing an education in Agriculture,
Horticulture, Biology, Family and Consumer Earning Volunteer Hours at the Montgomery
Sciences or related fields. The judging is County Agricultural Center
based on grades, future career plans, 4-
H/FFA activity, involvement at school, The following procedures have been
community and volunteer service and endorsed by the Membership Committee
involvement at the Ag Center. and By-Laws Committees and passed by the
Board of Directors for inclusion into the
APPLY NOW FOR FAIR SCHOLARSHIPS MCAC Policy Manual. These procedures
will become effective on July 1, 2007.
Now is the time for you to start filling in
the application for the Montgomery County I. Volunteer hours can be earned during the
Agricultural Center scholarship. The Fair within the following guidelines, and
requirements are easy and you have plenty all such hours must be approved by a
of time to complete the application before
A. Actual hours worked can be
the deadline rolls around. You need to earned and recorded on the first
belong to either the 4-H/FFA or be an Ag. Friday and Saturday.
Center/Fair volunteer member planning to B. A maximum of 40 hours can be
further your education in Agriculture, earned from Sunday through
Accounting, Biology, Biochemistry, Saturday of the Fair.
Computer Science, Consumer Affairs, C. Other than department
Economics, Family and Consumer Sciences, superintendents, volunteer hours
Genetics, Microbiology, Statistics, Vet. may not be earned by
Science or a related field and trade schools. exhibitors in their department
Scholarships are also available to previous during Sunday through Saturday
scholarship recipients who are continuing of the Fair. Superintendents may
petition in writing for exception to
their education in one of the above fields.
this paragraph to the Executive
Committee of the Board.
Your completed application needs to be D. Maintaining one’s personal
returned to the MCAC office by October exhibit cannot be counted as
2nd for judging. The winners will be volunteer work hours.
notified by mail in February and announced I. Hours worked on the fairgrounds at times
at the annual meeting. other than during the Fair may be earned
as recorded and approved.
If you have any questions regarding the II. Hours worked at a location other than on
qualifications, you can contact Pat Stabler at the fairgrounds can only be counted with
301-253-3824 or Jeannine Shriver at 301- the prior approval of the Executive
253-1646. To find a complete set of rules
Director and the Fair Chairman or MCAC would like to lead a group to work on an
president. improvement project, paint a barn or make
III. Submission and recording of volunteer some repairs here at the fairgrounds, let me
work hours will be handled within the know and we will do all in our power to
following guidelines: support your efforts. As in the past, we are
A. Volunteers can enter their own
asking for your help to prepare for opening
hours at a computerized Volunteer
Station. day on August 10 to begin the 59th Annual
B. If a signed-in volunteer fails to Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. I
sign out, three hours will be look forward to seeing you during the work
recorded. days and encourage you to bring a friend to
C. If the department superintendent start earning hours toward life membership.
wishes to submit hours on behalf Thanks for your commitment and support.
of a volunteer in his/her
department, they must provide the Marty Svrcek
office staff with an Excel Executive Director
spreadsheet with the following
four columns: 1.Membership
Number, 2.Department Name,
3.Date, and 4.Hours Worked.
D. All hours that are earned during
Montgomery County Agricultural Center, Inc.
the fair and recorded by ‘FIRST FIFTY YEARS’
Department Superintendents must A History of the Agricultural Center & Fair
be submitted to the office in excel
spreadsheet form by September 15 PRE-ORDER A COPY TODAY!
of each year.
$25.00 per book.
Congratulations Plus S&H ($10.00), No Charge for Pick-Up
Delivery: Spring 2007
We would like to Congratulate Brittany Payment Options: Cash, Check or Credit Card
Hilton on being selected as Miss Order by phone at 301-926-3100 Ext 202
Montgomery County Farm Bureau.
Mail order form to:
MCAC, Inc. – ATTN: Fran
Thank You 16 Chestnut Street
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
We would like to say thank you to all of our Make checks payable to: MCAC
staff and volunteers for all the hard work Name: ___________________________________________
that you do, without you there would be no
Montgomery County Agricultural Fair.
City, State, Zip: ____________________________________
From the Executive Director Phone: ___________________________________________
This past year has been one of many Credit Card #: _____________________________________
successes and many challenges. We had
Expiration Date: ____________________________________
great weather, a new carnival and a focused
group of volunteers who helped make the Number of copies at $20 each: ___________
2006 fair the best in our history. We are S&H at $10 per book: ___________
adding a milking parlor and a birthing center Total: ___________
that will serve to educate our patrons about
the agricultural industry. Volunteers have
repaired several barns and one barn will be
completely repainted before the Fair. If you