Last week, a few county residents were surprised to find the "farmer" behind the wheel of the hay ride at Clark's Elioak farm was, in fact, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.

His temporary job as a "farmer" was part of the Farm City Celebration Job Exchange with Nora Crist of Clark's Elioak farm, who traded roles with Ulman for the day.

The exchange culminated with a luncheon at the Clark Elioak farm attended by many from Howard County farms, including Breezy Willow, Bowling Green, Edgewood, Larriland, Sharp's at Waterford, Merry Acres, Rhine Landscaping, Maple Lawn, Dawn Acres, TLV and Falcon Ridge farms.

The group feasted on a meal prepared by Iron Bridge Wine Co. that featured county farm fresh products such as Clark's Never Sell the Land pork, Breezy Willow farm honey graham ice cream, herbs, eggs and a mesclun green mix, Larriland farm tomatoes and apples, Bowling Green farm cheddar cheese and Falcon Ridge fruit-infused vinegar and apples.

The luncheon provided an opportunity for Ulman and Crist to recount what they learned. Ulman entertained the lunchgoers with a story about a concerned hay rider asking him about his tractor-driving experience and Crist spoke about how impressed she was with the county's storm water planning efforts and the Robinson Nature Center.

The luncheon concluded after Ulman named Bowling Green Farm, a 10th generation diary farm, the first recipient of a new $15,000 county Agricultural Development Grant that will support their diversification efforts into the cheese production business.

The Farm City Celebration continues through Oct. 7 at participating county farms and organizations. For a complete listing of events, go to the Farm Heritage website at http://www.farmheritage.org and click the hyperlink "Farm City Celebration".

Skip Beall of the Howard County Police Retired Officers Association informed me the organization will sponsor an all-u-can-eat crab feast on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 6 to10:30 p.m. at The Lodge in Catonsville.

Tickets are $45 per person and include steamed crabs, crab soup,fried chicken, cole slaw, potato salad, cheese and veggie trays, beer, wine, sodas and Rita's ice cream. To purchase tickets contact Bobbie at HCPROA@outlook.com.

President Lenora Booth and Vice President Tracey Williams, officers of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Iota Lambda Omega Graduate Chapter, remind you to join them at the chapter's 40th anniversary luncheon at the BWI Marriott Sunday, Oct. 14, at 1 p.m. To purchase tickets, contact Denise Knox Riley at denvyvetz@hotmail.com. .

Mark your calendar for Silhouette Stages' presentation of the Broadway musical "Rent" on Oct. 25, 26, 27 and 28 and Nov. 1, 2, 3 and 4 at Slayton House in Columbia.

For more information go to Silhouette Stages website at http://www.silhouettestages.com.