Amiyah Mulligan, 7, walked around the rows of chairs in the South Side Beef Barn on Sunday afternoon carrying intricately painted watering cans.

It was the third official day of The Great Frederick Fair and watering cans, painted by various artists from across Frederick, were being auctioned off at “The Eddie Mercer Agri-Services Vintage Art Auction.”

The first watering can that was auctioned had been painted by Jessica Wiles, who was sponsored by Rocky Glad Farm. It had won first place in the Facebook voting competition.

Decorated with a pink ice cream cone, a farmers market and the words, “buy local, eat local,” the can sold for $250.

After that, the auction was off to the races, with some people bidding up to $500 for the intricately decorated cans.

There were 25 watering cans in total, some painted with scenes from the fair, such as the Ferris wheel and others with local attractions from across Frederick County. One can was covered with a beautiful watercolor painting of a farm landscape.

The highest bid was made by Charles Cramer, president of the board of directors of The Great Frederick Fair.

He bought a watering can painted by Sherry Kemp for $2,000. Kemp was sponsored by Valley Concessions and her can was painted with different shades of blue with a large rendition of a Valley Concessions vendor stand, and some farm animals that looked like they were punched out of the metal, making them appear three-dimensional.

All proceeds from the art auction went toward funding and supporting agricultural education programs.

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