Ce­cil County Farm Bureau crowns new pageant queens

Cecil Whig - - CECIL COUNTY FAIR - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— Na­dine Syl­vaBrown is the new Miss Ce­cil County Farm Bureau and Tay­lor Todd was crowned Jr. Miss Ce­cil County Farm Bureau Sun­day at the Ce­cil County Fair.

Out­go­ing ti­tle hold­ers, Miss Ce­cil County Farm Bureau Olivia Richart and Jr. Miss Ce­cil County Farm Bureau Gavra Goldy had the honor of plac­ing the sashes on the win­ners.

The mes­sage run­ning through all the young ladies seek­ing the ti­tles was that more needs to be done to ed­u­cate the pub­lic about the im­por­tance of agri­cul­ture.

“Both adults and teens don’t get the con­nec­tion be­tween farms and food,” Sylva-Brown said. “I re­ally want to be hands-on with the pub­lic and show them

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(agri­cul­ture) is not just some­thing farm­ers do.”

River Shan­non had sim­i­lar thoughts.

“I agree with the Mary­land Farm Bureau that we need to (teach) about farms, get it into the school cur­ricu­lum,” Shan­non said.

The an­nual pageant is spon­sored by the Ce­cil County Farm Bureau Women, who host one fundraiser per year to sup­port the schol­ar­ship com­pe­ti­tion. Can­di­dates for Miss Ce­cil County Farm Bureau must be be­tween the ages of 16 and 19. Can­di­dates for Ju­nior Miss Ce­cil County Farm Bureau are from 12 to 15 years old.

As she pre­pared to step aside, Richart gave her year as Miss Ce­cil County Farm Bureau credit for the train­ing she gained in pub­lic speak­ing. Richart said it gave her an edge in a col­lege schol­ar­ship in­terview. She won an ROTC schol­ar­ship to study at Penn State Uni­ver­sity.

“I will fin­ish as a lieu­tenant in the Army,” she said of her goal four years from now. “I plan to fight agriter­ror­ism.”

Grove Miller, chair­man of the board of the Mary­land State Fair, said the schol­ar­ship pageant was miss­ing some­one this year.

“It’s dif­fer­ent this year be­cause He­len’s not here,” Miller said, re­fer­ring to the long-time chair­woman of the Miss Ce­cil County pageant.

Rep­re­sent­ing the Farm Bureau Women, As­tle was the driv­ing force be­hind the com­pe­ti­tion for many years. Miller liked to think As­tle was still there in spirit.

“She’s prob­a­bly up there look­ing down now and smil­ing on all you girls,” Miller said to the young ladies on the stage.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY LINDSIE PALMER

Par­tic­i­pants and win­ners in the 2016 Miss and Jr. Miss Ce­cil County Farm Bureau pose af­ter the pageant.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY LINDSIE PALMER

Many of the trac­tors that par­tic­i­pate in the Detroit Shoot-Out Tractor Pull are Oliv­ers.

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