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Clear Spring teen named Ag Expo Queen

August 05, 2000

Clear Spring teen named Ag Expo Queen



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer


Ever since she was a little girl Courtney Smith has watched the Washington County Ag Expo Queen crownings and said to herself, "I'm going to be a queen!"

Saturday that prediction came true, said Smith, 16, of Clear Spring.

She was surprised to be selected because she thought the judges would give the title to one of the candidates trying for the final time, whereas she would have been able to compete again next year, she said. She was second runner-up last year, she said.

As queen she will attend county events and promote the Ag Expo.

"I'm very excited. I'm ready to make the Ag Expo the best it could be," Smith said after the ceremony.

Smith crowned by outgoing Ag Expo Queen Meghan Reid.

Smith, a Clear Spring High School student, is the daughter of John and Paula Smith. She has been a member of the History Club, Honor Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Educators of America, yearbook staff and the junior varsity soccer team.

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Her community activities include the 4-H Dairy Club, where she has been reporter, corresponding secretary, recording secretary and is presently vice president. She is also a 4-H ambassador, a member of the Maryland 5-H Teen Council and is on the Teen Council Board of Directors.

She has been a teen counselor at the Washington County 4-H Resident Camp for four years.

She exhibited Holstein and Brown Swiss dairy cattle and photography at this year's Ag Expo.

Contestants were tested by three judges in four categories: An offstage interview, an onstage interview, a question drawn from a bowl onstage, and the presentation of a 30-second sample radio commercial they also had to write.

The first runner-up was Stacie Crist, 16, of Clear Spring. Crist is the daughter of Jeff and Carolyn Crist.

The crowning followed the annual auction of cakes, breads, cookies and pies made by 4-H members.

The grand champion cake went to high bidder Karl Pile of Hagerstown. Pile paid $110 for a cake made by Mollie Spencer, who did not attend the event.

Pile said he decided to be the highest bidder for the cake because he wanted to give something back to the 4-H groups and the agriculture community.

The winner of the youth talent contest, held for the first time this year, was Brooks Long, 17. He gave a crowd-pleasing performance of the song "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" after arriving to the stage area on a tractor.

Long is the son of Galen and Cindy Long of near Williamsport. He will be a senior at Williamsport High School in the fall.

People attending the event Saturday said they were having a great time.

"We enjoy it. It's a nice event out," said Pete Wright of Hagerstown, who was there with his wife, Doris.

They enjoyed watching the cake auction and looking at the animals and photo exhibits, he said.

"It's very nice," said Tammy Frey of Hagerstown. She comes every year and has nieces involved.

"It's a good community activity," she said. "It gets the children involved."

Ag Expo is being held all this week at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center off Sharpsburg Pike, about 10 miles south of Hagerstown.

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