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(Open image gallery) An unidentified cowboy goes for an eight-second ride during the final Battle of the Beast session. (Staff photo by Drew Anthony Smith)

Autumn arrived just this past week, and after a summer that included competitions, shows and demonstrations at the Carroll County Agriculture Center, the Frederick Fairgrounds, the Montgomery County Fair and the Maryland State Fair, the J Bar W Ranch held its end-of-season finale this month before an appreciative crowd at its Union Bridge home base.

The ranch, owned and operated by the family of Johnny, Sonny and Lisa Williams, has a growing reputation in the state and region for its events as well as its herd. The ranch hosts year-round events, from bull riding and ladies' barrel racing to "mutton bustin' " and kids' birthday parties.

The summer season is over, but the ranch will soon saddle up again for its winter session, including the annual Battle of the Bull series held January through March at the Carroll County Agriculture Center. For more details on the upcoming events and schedule, call 301-898-9841 or go to jbarwranch.com.


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