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Clear Spring teen crowned county Farm Queen

May 20, 2000|By DAVE McMILLION

Clear Spring High School junior Erin Shank was crowned Washington County Farm Queen on Saturday at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center.

The runner-up was Rhonda Uzelac, a senior at North Hagerstown High School.

Shank and Uzelac were the only two entrants.

Shank will represent the county at all agricultural-related events this year. She will also attend an agricultural convention in Ocean City, Md., in which her peers from across the state will meet to craft recommended legislation pertaining to agriculture in the state.

Their proposals are forwarded to state lawmakers for consideration, said Bonnie Beckley, chairperson of the Washington County Farm Bureau Women.

Shank will also compete for the Maryland State Farm Queen title at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium in August, Beckley said. The winner of that contest travels throughout Maryland to represent the state at agricultural events.

During judging Saturday night, the contestants were judged in five categories: farm/home responsibilities, speaking abilities, agriculture/farm bureau knowledge, personality/friendliness and general appearance.

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The contestants could win up to 100 points based on their responses.

Uzelac has studied marketing and breeding of sheep, rabbits and goats.

Shank lives on her parents' dairy farm, where she helps milk 130 cows a day.

"That says it all right there," Beckley said.

Shank received $300 in gift certificates and cash, and Uzelac received $25 in cash.

About 60 people attended the ceremony at the agricultural center Saturday night. Up to six candidates have competed for the position in past years, Beckley said.

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