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Livestock expo showcased the future of farming

The Southern Maryland Invitational Livestock Expo (SMILE) celebrated a milestone 10th anniversary Saturday during its weekend show at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds. The expo provides an informal educational forum for youth who have an interest in agriculture. About 100 youth in various age groups showed more than 300 dairy goats, sheep, cattle and swine during the show.

Susan McQuilkin, marketing executive with the Southern Maryland Agriculture Development Commission, pointed out to the Bay Net during the show that the agriculture community in Southern Maryland is aging. “It is important that kids stay in agriculture," she said. The expo is one way to heighten their interest in doing just that.

McQuilkin was one of the many volunteers seen all over the fairgrounds assisting in the myriad of chores necessary to run such an expo. Another volunteer, Show Chairman Jay Farrell, was there at the inception of SMILE. He was master of ceremonies for the opening ceremony in the show rung.

The expo also featured special demonstrations by the Suttler Post Farm Clydesdale six-horse hitch team and the St. Mary’s County 4-H English Equestrian Drill Team.

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