Sister act just a part of Ag Expo

August 01, 1997


Staff Writer

CEARFOSS - Sarah and Suzanne Kelly are hoping for a taste of victory in Ag Expo competition today.

The creative sister team will compete as members of the Huyetts 4-H Club in the home crafts and fashion review events at the annual Ag Expo at the Agricultural Education Center on Md. 65, Sharpsburg Pike.

The week-long Ag Expo features competitions and agricultural displays in home arts and livestock plus various activities like tractor pulls, bull riding and the crowning of an Ag Expo queen tonight.

The girls have been grand champions at the same time, but in different events for the last three years - Sarah, 17, for baking, and Suzanne, 14, for her ready-to-wear and custom made outfits.


"The first time Suzanne sat down at the machine I thought, `I have never seen a machine go so slow and so consistent.' At age 9 she was a natural seamstress," Teresa Kelly, their mother, said.

She said that people use to sew outfits because it was less expensive than buying new ones. Now, the fabric is so expensive that it's hard to make it cheaper, she said.

Teresa Kelly spent $100 at the grocery store buying all the ingredients needed for both girls' baked goods. They used 10 pounds of sugar, 2 pounds of brown sugar, 10 pounds of flour, a half bushel of apples and many other items.

The ingredients are being baked into an applesauce nut cake, an apple pie, cupcakes and two different types of cookies by Suzanne. Sarah is using them for peanut oat chocolate cookies, chocolate fudge cake, ice box cookies, sugar cookies with walnuts and apple cinnamon muffins.

Teresa Kelly, who was in 4-H as a youth, said the girls do all the work, including the cleaning. After baking half the goods, their kitchen looked like it had been hit by a sugar bomb.

"As long as they have fun, that's what is important," Kelly said. "It's a learning experience."

Sarah was named a 4-H all star this year, but this is her final year in the program. She will attend Hagerstown Junior College in the fall and continue as a certified nurse's assistant at Avalon Manor Nursing Home.

Suzanne will attend Clear Spring High School in the fall and thinks that she wants to be a teacher.

"Every time they make something they need to learn something new. That's part of the 4-H Club," Teresa Kelly said. "They're bypassing my ability to teach them."

As Suzanne continues to bake, and Sarah runs out to go to work, Teresa Kelly watches on and gives helpful advice. Their little brother Ryan, 11, stands by as official sampler of the family.

"I think the little cakes need to come out - the oven's getting ahead of us," she said.

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