Four-year-old Camden Muller sat on the grassy hill overlooking the Buck Miller Arena, yellow toy truck in hand. He rolled the truck in the grass and on his lap, picking it up to spin the big black wheels and making engine sounds.
"I love trucks," Camden said as a matter of fact. He loves that they're big, and he loves that they're loud. And Wednesday night, he was in the right place for those passions.
The Vintage Grain Truck Races kicked off at about 7 p.m. at the Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair. The grass surrounding the arena was packed with spectators, with kids racing around, some rolling down the hill in between races.
Heather Muller said she brought her son out for the event last year, too. Camden was excited to return this year, she added.
"We like the grain truck races, and we [like] the tractor pull," she said.
Wednesday's truck event took old grain trucks and put them through not only racing, but also tests of farming skills.
Drivers race side-by-side, Tim Talbert said, before stopping and jumping out of their vehicles. Then they race to stack hay bales before hopping back in the trucks to finish the race in reverse.
It's the fourth year they've been holding the truck racing, he added.
"It's just good, old-time fun for these guys," Talbert said. "It's something different."
But Wednesday night wasn't just about trucks for the 4-H fair crowd. The yearly cake auction also kicked off at 7, with people spilling out from the pavilion to catch a glimpse of the process.
Allison Stoner, 14, of Taneytown, was this year's grand champion for the cake contest. Her cake sold for $5,500 and was bought by Windsor Area Farm and Business Syndicate.
Allison made a chocolate raspberry cake, a twist on what she sent in last year. During the previous year's event, Allison said, she only made a chocolate cake. The raspberry filling was a new addition to the treat.
Allison, who also rides horses and shows pigs, has participated in the cake contest for three or four years now. She really enjoys baking, she said.
But it's more than that. It's for a good cause.
"It helps out the fair, and I can keep making … better cakes and pies and cookies," Allison said.
If you go:
Thursday 4-H fair highlights:
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: Senior Day Entertainment with Maria Rose and Danny Elswick in the activity tent
6 p.m.: Be a Farmer Contest in the vendor area
7 p.m.: Opening band Morgan Wallen (paid event) at Finch Stage
8 p.m.: Concert with Chris Lane (paid event) at Finch Stage