QA’s Farm Bureau holds ban­quet

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Front Page - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

SUDLERSVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Farm Bureau held its an­nual meet­ing and ban­quet Fri­day even­ing, March 16, where the 2018 Miss and Lit­tle Miss Farm Bureau were cho­sen. The se­lec­tion, made by judges from out­side the Queen Anne’s County, for­merly took place at the Farm Bureau pic­nic held in July at the 4-H Park near Cen­tre­ville. Last year the se­lec­tion process was moved up to March, and the pic­nic in July was can­celed..

QA Farm Bureau Pres­i­dent Tom Jack­son wel­comed ev­ery­one and then in­vited ta­bles to en­joy the won­der­ful seafood meal catered by Thomp­son Seafood Cater­ing out of La Plata in South­ern Mary­land. The meal in­cluded fried oys­ters, fried chicken, steamed shrimp and tra­di­tional South­ern Mary­land stuffed ham with all the trim­mings.

Af­ter din­ner, all at­ten­tion turned to choos­ing the 2018 Miss and Lit­tle Miss Farm Bureau for Queen Anne’s County.

Co­op­er­a­tive Ex­ten­sion Ed­u­ca­tor Jenny Rhodes served as em­cee for the con­test. Rhodes quizzed the older girls on their ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge of agri­cul­ture top­ics. Com­pet­ing for the 2018 Ms. Queen Anne’s Farm Bureau were Dakota Al­bers, 18, and Bai­ley Riggs, 17.

Dakota said, “Dur­ing agri­cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties that I’ve been in­volved with in the past, most peo­ple, es­pe­cially chil­dren, have no idea where their food from the gro­cery stores comes from!”

She said she’d like to be­come in­volved in help­ing ed­u­cate the pub­lic on the im­por­tance of agri­cul­ture for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. Dakota plans on at­tend­ing Delaware State Univer­sity to ma­jor in Ag Busi­ness.

Bai­ley said, “Most peo­ple are un­aware that 32 per­cent of all land in Mary­land is used in agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion.” Bai­ley, a ju­nior at Queen Anne’s County High School, plans to ma­jor in a med­i­cal field, but hopes to have an in­flu­ence in af­fect­ing agri­cul­tural ed­u­ca­tion also for all peo­ple.

Com­pet­ing for Lit­tle Miss were Lo­ra­lye La Clair, 7, and Shelby Higgs, 8. For­mer Lit­tle Miss Me­gan Madi­son served as the com­men­ta­tor for the younger girls.

The judges for both groups of girls de­lib­er­ated while the guest speak­ers ad­dressed the au­di­ence. The guest speak­ers in­cluded, among oth­ers, Mary­land Farm Bureau Pres­i­dent Chuck Fry, a dairy farmer from Fred­er­ick, and Mary­land Sec­re­tary of Agri­cul­ture Joe Barten­felder, both prais­ing the work of the Eastern Shore’s state leg­is­la­tors. Fol­low­ing the guest speak­ers, the con­test re­sults were an­nounced.

2018 Queen Anne’s County Miss Farm Bureau is Bai­ley Riggs, and the al­ter­nate is Dakota Al­bers. This is the first time the county will have an al­ter­nate Miss Farm Bureau. This is so if sched­ul­ing con­flicts arise (which they have in past years), Queen Anne’s County can rely that one of the two girls, ei­ther Bai­ley or Dakota, can rep­re­sent the county at an event. Shelby Higgs was cho­sen as the 2018 Lit­tle Miss for Queen Anne’s County.

It was an­nounced that the next Ag Day, bring­ing all pub­lic school sev­en­th­graders to the 4-H Park to ed­u­cate them on ca­reers in agri­cul­ture, will take place May 30 and May 31. Last year’s Ag Day was deemed a huge suc­cess. Do­na­tions are be­ing ac­cepted to help pay for bus trans­porta­tion to bring the sev­enth-graders from all the county’s schools on those days, as school bus trans­porta­tion is not avail­able for the event. Contact the Co­op­er­a­tive Ex­ten­sion Of­fice in Cen­tre­ville at 410758-0166 to make do­na­tions.

From the left, 2018 Queen Anne’s County Lit­tle Miss Farm Bureau con­tes­tants Shelby Higgs, 8, and Lo­ra­lye La Clair, 7, an­swered ques­tions pre­sented to them by for­mer QA Lit­tle Miss Me­gan Mans­field, Fri­day even­ing, March 16, dur­ing the an­nual QA Farm Bureau ban­quet held at the Sudlersville Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany hall.

From left, win­ner and run­ner-up for 2018 Miss Queen Anne’s County Farm Bureau, Bai­ley Riggs, 17, and Dakota Al­bers, 18. Both will rep­re­sent the county dur­ing the year. Bai­ley is the pri­mary Miss Farm Bureau with Dakota cov­er­ing when there are event con­flicts. This marks the first time Queen Anne’s County Farm Bureau has had two Miss Farm Bureau rep­re­sen­ta­tives in one year. Seated be­hind them is 2017 Lit­tle Miss Farm Bureau Carolyn Win­ter­stein.

PHO­TOS BY DOUG BISHOP

2018 Lit­tle Miss Queen Anne’s County Farm Bureau Shelby Higgs, 8, of Cen­tre­ville, with her mom and dad fol­low­ing the com­pe­ti­tion Fri­day even­ing, March 16, at the Sudlersville Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany.

Lit­tle Miss QA Farm Bureau run­ner-up Lo­ra­lye La Clair, 7, and her mom, Ashley (Ea­ton) La Clair, the 1998 Queen Anne’s County Miss Farm Bureau. Lo­ra­lye com­peted for the Lit­tle Miss ti­tle Fri­day even­ing, March 16, dur­ing the Farm Bureau ban­quet at the Sudlersville Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany.

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