Cecil County Farm Bureau crowns new pageant queens
— 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
(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.
Participants and winners in the 2016 Miss and Jr. Miss Cecil County Farm Bureau pose after the pageant.
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