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Young farmers compete to be cutest at Ag Expo

August 10, 2000

Young farmers compete to be cutest at Ag Expo



By JOSH POLTILOVE / Staff Writer


It was a day of fashion, talent and beauty at Ag Expo Wednesday, with children and animals strutting their stuff in a competition for prizes.

First came the Little Farmer/Farmerette Contest, for children yet to enter second grade.

All of the kids competed in a talent competition. One child recited Little Bo Peep. Two performed the pledge of allegiance. Another sang Itsy Bitsy Spider and wore a black spider costume.

Rachel Wiles performed the pledge, but also was supposed to tell this joke: How does the farmer haul his cows?

In a moo-ving van. The 4-year-old was too shy to tell it to the audience of about 70 people.

"They're adorable. They're all really dear," said Pam Schnebly, the event's superintendent. "The children are judged on their cuteness and speaking ability, and they all do a great job."

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The boy winner was Brandon Smith of Clear Spring and the girl winner was McCall Griffith of Boonsboro. Smith received a farmer's hat, Griffith was given a bonnet and both were rewarded with a toy John Deere tractor and four uncut dollar bills.

Before the contest winners were announced, last year's boy winner, Jarrod Mummert, played the banjo and sang, "You are my sunshine" in a repeat performance. He said he enjoys being in front of an audience.

"It was good and I liked it," said Mummert, 6, of his championship performance last year. "It was fun and I like singing."

The farmer contest was immediately followed by the Pretty Animal Contest, where animals wore costumes and were judged on cuteness. The contest, new to Ag Fair this year, helps promote 4-H.

Little Nicky the Dorset lamb came dressed as a sunflower. A pig came as a clown.

Star the horse was a princess. Star's owner, 10-year-old Morgan Smith, said her horse looks great in her purple-and-gold costume with ribbons in her tail.

"Star's really, really pretty as a princess," Smith said.

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