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“Griffeth will be a great asset to our team working with us to grow and sustain the Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society’s mission to support agriculture education, preserve and promote Maryland’s agricultural roots, and provide competitions and special events showcasing Maryland’s premier industry, agriculture,” said General Manager Cashman.
Griffeth, who worked with the State Fair of Texas and the National Western Stock Show, graduated from West Texas A&M University with a degree in Agriculture Media & Communication and a minor in Agriculture Business. Griffeth grew up participating in the 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) programs.
Griffeth will work with the Maryland State Fair team and with its University of Maryland, 4-H, FFA and other agriculture-related partners to enhance and increase the awareness of agriculture through implementing new community programs, school activities and more. “I look forward to learning the ins and outs about Maryland, specifically Maryland agriculture, and can’t wait to serve the Maryland State Fair,” said Director of Agriculture Programs Griffeth.
The Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society, Inc. was incorporated in 1878. The first Maryland State Fair, located at the Timonium Fairgrounds in Baltimore County, took place September 1879 when a group of farmers held a four-day event designed to promote agriculture and horse racing in Baltimore County. The annual event was temporarily interrupted when the Fairgrounds was used by the U.S. Army in our nation’s time of need during World War II.
Heading in to its 141st year, the Maryland State Fair has grown into a vibrant summer celebration and social epicenter that attracts over a half million visitors each year, with approximately 1.5 million additional guests visiting the Fairgrounds throughout the remainder of the year. The Maryland State Fair continues to feature an array of educational competitions that showcase thousands of the area’s finest home arts, agricultural and livestock exhibits, Thoroughbred horse racing, midway rides and games, local and national entertainment, and more. For more information, please contact Edie M. Bernier at 410-252-0200, x225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.