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Bring family to farm museum for big oat harvest [West Friendship]

"C'mon down," say the organizers of a family event with free admission on June 28 at the West Friendship Living Heritage Farm Museum, when the annual "Cutting of the Grain" takes place.

This year the harvested crop is oats, which was planted last fall. Art Boone's band Southwest Bluegrass will provide the musical interludes.

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The cutting of the oats and all manner of crop harvest demonstrations begins at 10 a.m. Members of the Farm Machinery Club in cooperation with the Maryland Draft Horse and Mule Association will show how grain was cut with binders before it later went to the modern threshing machines.

Farm life exhibits galore include baling, wagon rides, horse pull, refreshments live bluegrass music and more. The Living Farm Heritage Museum is just across from the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship at 12985 Frederick Road (Route 144).

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The monthly St. Andrew's dinner is set for June 26, 6-8 p.m. This month's fare is Mexican. Dine in or carry out. Cost is $9 per person or $30 per family, no matter how many folks make up the family unit. Proceeds from the June dinner benefit the St. Andrew's Mission to Honduras. Fifteen members of St. Andrew's are headed on a mission trip to El Hogar de Amor y Esperanza (The Home of Love and Hope) from July 19 to 26. St. Andrew's is at 2892 Route 97 in Glenwood. Questions? Call Lynne Hall Quinn at 410-292-8202.

Glenelg High School junior Logan McDonough is completing work on her Girl Scout Gold Award. McDonough is looking for students who would like to participate in her peer tutoring project this summer in the Howard County Public School System Comprehensive Summer School Program.

Student volunteers who might enjoy offering a few hours of tutoring in their favorite subject anytime within the June 23 to Aug. 1 summer school session, are encouraged to contact Logan at LmcDonough97@gmail.com.

Come out to the Howard County Fairgrounds on June 29, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or anytime in between, to view some fabulous equestrian action. The Maryland Western Horse Association will host another show, which is family friendly in every way.

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The show begins in the morning and continues through the afternoon with barrel events, speed classes, Western and English classes, cake walk, jumping events, pony ring sessions, young toddlers being led by their parents during lead line competitions and more.

All this horsing around takes place at the Howard County Fairgrounds, where there is plenty of free parking. Becky Novotny, long time supporter of the association, notes that food is available and the event is great for spectators of all ages. Pony or horse owners are welcome to bring their animal for the varied competitions. The Maryland Western Horse Association exists to promote good sportsmanship and horsemanship. For any information, call Becky Novotny at 410-531-7113 or email Becky at bluepony21@verizon.net.

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