Nan­je­moy teen named Miss Charles County Farm Bureau

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By SARA NEW­MAN snew­man@somd­ Twit­ter: @in­dy_­com­mu­nity

Lilly Collins, 17, is not only pre­par­ing her­self for the ca­reer she wants to have but she’s also ful­fill­ing a wish her late mother had for her.

The Port To­bacco teen was named 2017 Miss Charles County Farm Bureau dur­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s yearly ban­quet last month.

Be­ing in­volved in the or­ga­ni­za­tion was some­thing her late mother, An­gel, wanted for her.

“My mom pushed me to do it,” Collins said of her mother. “She died when I was 14 but she al­ways wanted me to be in farm bureau. I’ve al­ways been into agri­cul­ture so it’s some­thing I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in and wanted to do.”

Par­tic­i­pants in the com­pe­ti­tion must be be­tween the ages of 16 and 19 and ei­ther be mem­bers in the farm bureau or have par­ents in good stand­ing with the bureau. In­volve­ment or a strong in­ter­est in agri­cul­ture is also nec­es­sary.

“I’ve grown up around horses. We’ve had a horse farm since I was born and I’ve had a horse since I was three years old,” Collins said. “I just love the nature they give off. They’re re­ally friendly an­i­mals and they teach you a lot about re­spon­si­bil­ity and, hon­estly, true friend­ship.”

The horse-en­thu­si­ast as­pires to be a vet­eri­nar­ian one day.

“I’ve been want­ing to do that since I was lit­tle,” Collins said. “I’ve al­ways had a love of an­i­mals and I’ve grown up around them my whole life and we’ve al­ways had lots of dif­fer­ent an­i­mals around like dogs, cats, horses, cows, chick­ens, ducks, geese, rab­bits, sheep, goats.”

Collins is a mem­ber of the Mounted Wan­der­ers 4-H and Pony Club, the Amer­i­can Quar­ter Horse As­so­ci­a­tion as well as the South­ern Mary­land Youth Quar­ter Horse As­so­ci­a­tion. She is also in the National Honor So­ci­ety, the National Art honor so­ci­ety and plays var­sity ten­nis at Henry E. Lackey High School.

As the run­ner-up in last year’s com­pe­ti­tion, Collins was the only con­tes­tant this year and will re­ceive $300.

“She’s like an all-Amer­i­can girl be­cause she’s in­volved with the community, she has a job, is very ac­tive with 4-H and she just par­tic­i­pated in the auc­tion we held,” Sheila Han­cock, co-chair of the Miss Charles County Farm Bureau com­pe­ti­tion, said of Collins.

Ear­lier this month the Charles County Farm Bureau held an auc­tion ben­e­fit­ting Great Plains farm­ers and ranch­ers that were af­fected by wild­fires. More than 2 mil­lion acres were con­sumed in wild­fires in March, which also took the lives of seven peo­ple and tens of thou­sands of live­stock, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports.

Farm­ers from St. Mary’s and Calvert coun­ties helped out with the auc­tion and each county’s Miss Farm Bureau was there to rep­re­sent their county’s agri­cul­ture community.

“I thought it was a re­ally nice ges­ture and a re­ally im­por­tant cause be­cause I saw how dev­as­tated all the farm­ers were and I know how dev­as­tat­ing it would have been if that had hap­pened here,” Collins said of the wild­fires.

Han­cock said Collins will visit some el­e­men­tar y schools through­out the year and do some projects with young stu­dents re­volved around farm­ing.

“A lot of kids don’t know much about farm­ing or where their food comes from. That will be part of her role as an am­bas­sador for agri­cul­ture in the community,” Han­cock said of Collins. “I think she’ll be re­ally good at that.”

In Au­gust, Collins will com­pete against 22 other con­tes­tants from across the state for the ti­tle of Miss Mar yland Agri­cul­ture.

“I was very excited to win [Miss Charles County Farm Bureau] and I can’t wait to see what it brings me in the fu­ture,” Collins said.

Lilly Collins, 17, of Port To­bacco was named Miss Charles County Farm Bureau this year. Collins will serve as an am­bas­sador to agri­cul­ture through­out the county and will com­pete against other county win­ners in Au­gust in the Miss Mary­land Agri­cul­ture com­pe­ti­tion.


Hay­ley Tan­ner, out going Miss Charles County Farm Bureau, helped name Lilly Collins 2017 Miss Charles County Farm Bureau dur­ing the re­cep­tion last month.

Lilly Collins, 17, a long­time 4H-er and horse en­thu­si­ast was named Miss Charles County Farm Bureau this year. She will serve as an agri­cul­ture am­bas­sador and com­pete for Miss Mary­land Agri­cul­ture in Au­gust.

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