Blessing Of Combines Returns To Snow Hill

SNOW HILL — The Worcester County seat’s salute to agriculture, Blessing of the Combines, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 4 beginning at 11 a.m.

In preparation, local farmers Byron Hauck, Bill Figgs, Roger Richardson, Buster Powell, David Shockley, Virgil Shockley, George Lee Clayville, Jack Shockley and Lee Holloway are shining up their combines for the Parade of Combines. Clerk of Court Steve Hales will introduce the keynote speaker, Delegate Mike McDermott.

Hundreds of folks gather for this annual celebration of agriculture, strolling Green Street’s booths, visiting Bank Street’s craft and food vendors, learning from Scales and Tales, checking out antique tractors and garden tractors, and taking a hay ride or a carriage ride.

Young people look forward to pony rides, the Children’s Tractor Pull, and games (and Lollipop) at the Children’s Barnyard on Pearl Street, while adults await the Pie Eating Contest.

All attendees will be able to tap a toe to the music of The Country Grass, Rachel Allman, The Waters Family and Danny Jackson.

Attendees can then head toward the Pocomoke River to admire The Wheels that Heal Car Show and “The Journey”, a pontoon cruise boat.

Also on hand will be a Petting Barnyard’s horses, donkeys, sheep, alpaca, rabbits and chickens.

Downtown eateries, shops, galleries and businesses will also be open for browsing.

The Snow Hill High School Marine Corps ROTC color guard will present the American flag, Rachel Allman will sing the national anthem, and Rev. Tina Whaley will deliver a brief homily and then bless the combines.

Collectible T-Shirts, designed this year by area artist Beth McGrath Cooper, are available at Snow Hill Flower and Gift Shop in downtown Snow Hill on Washington Street.

Event hours are from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Parade of Combines sets off at 11:15 a.m. and will be on Green Street by 11:30 a.m.

About The Author: Steven Green

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The writer has been with The Dispatch in various capacities since 1995, including serving as editor and publisher since 2004. His previous titles were managing editor, staff writer, sports editor, sales account manager and copy editor. Growing up in Salisbury before moving to Berlin, Green graduated from Worcester Preparatory School in 1993 and graduated from Loyola University Baltimore in 1997 with degrees in Communications (journalism concentration) and Political Science.