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Bureau queen likes farm life

August 02, 2002|by DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

dank@herald-mail.com

SHARPSBURG - Jamie Weddle knows she'll live on a farm long after her stint as Washington County Farm Bureau queen ends.

"I have a feeling that I know I'll need land. When you grow up raising cows and growing corn and growing hay, you feel like it's what you have to do," Weddle said. "There's a family, a community of farmers that all help each other out and I want to stay in that community."

Weddle, 16, is expected to be crowned the next county farm queen at the 2002 Ag Expo on Saturday. She is the only contestant.

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The title will add one more set of activities to Weddle's already busy schedule.

During the summer, Weddle helps out on the farm and works as a lifeguard in the therapy pool at Robinwood Medical Center.

During the school year, she helps out around the farm in addition to participating in sports and club activities.

Weddle is going into her junior year at Boonsboro High School, where she is on the volleyball team and on the indoor and outdoor track teams as a pole vaulter. She is active with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Farmers of America and 4-H.

"I like to stay busy. I like to do as many things as I can," she said, explaining that a long list of activities could improve her scholarship and college application chances.

Weddle said she definitely wants to go to college, although she's not sure which one.

She hasn't picked a subject to major in yet, but Weddle said she's interested in physical therapy.

Regardless of what she studies at college, Weddle said she wants to have a farm after college.

Weddle has spent her whole life on her parents' Creek-Bound Farm along Poffenberger Road south of Hagerstown.

Her farm chores include feeding some of the calves, keeping track of the pregnant cows and helping with the bookkeeping.

Weddle also tends to a dairy calf and dairy steer, which she plans to enter in Ag Expo contests next week.

Weddle was planning on entering the Ag Expo Queen contest before she heard about the Farm Bureau queen contest.

Cathy Wiles, who heads the farm queen committee, asked Weddle to be farm queen and Weddle accepted.

As the county farm queen, Weddle will participate in the state contest at the Maryland State Fair on Aug. 22 and 23 in Timonium, Md.

Weddle said being farm queen will be a good experience because she will have opportunities to speak in public and meet new people.

Weddle said she plans to try for Ag Expo Queen next year.

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