70th Swan Meadow Harvest Sale set Sept. 20

Willie Lantz, University of Maryland agriculture educator, helps Swan Meadow School pupils Brooke and Erik dig sweet potatoes. Students also dug onions and sorted them for the Harvest Sale to be held Friday.

OAKLAND — The 70th annual Swan Meadow Harvest Sale, dinner and auction will be held Sept. 20 at the Pleasant Valley Community Center, Joni Miller Road.

Students at Swan Meadow, a Garrett County school for children in kindergarten through eighth grade, are involved in preparing for the event. Black walnut cake, red beet cake, apple cider, doughnuts, moon pies and caramels are traditional offerings. Food sales will begin at 5 p.m. Community youth and middle school students will sing at 6:25 p.m. and the auction will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Students grew sweet potatoes and onions in a high tunnel system at the school this summer. One of their onions weighed 2.3 pounds. Several are larger than softballs. This year was the first time the students grew sweet potatoes, which will be sold by the peck.

The larger onions will be featured in the auction. The smaller fresh onions will be chopped and served on taco salads, one of the evening meal options along with fruit salad, chili dogs, sloppy joes, hot dogs and a variety of drinks.

One of the highlights of the auction is the bidding on 12 dinners to be served in a local home by Swan Meadow parents and students.

Alumna Kalei Kauffman’s lifelike pencil drawings will be featured in the auction. The artist also designed the cookbook’s front cover.

A copy of the Swan Meadow School History book, published in 1999, also will be sold in the auction.

For more information, visit Facebook or call 301-334-2059.

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