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Dressed in their best

August 07, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

Milking the judges with a dairy delivery girl message, Hannah Smith, carrying milk and parading her dairy cow Ethel, took first place at the Ag Expo's annual 4-H Pretty Animal contest.

Ethel, a 5-year-old Holstein, had two pieces of cardboard, spray-painted to look like her own hide and cut like the body of a delivery truck, on either side of her body.

Hannah, 15, wore a delivery shirt on which her name was embroidered on one side, while on the other side was hand-written "Moo Mobile Delivery." She said she wanted to send a message to the audience of about 50 people that milk is important - not just for the body, but for the dairy business.

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Ethel, one of nearly 80 dairy cows her family owns, was picked for the contest because she has a calm demeanor, Hannah said.

Hannah said dairy farmers are taking a hit on low milk prices and she wanted to get people to drink more milk to help bring in more money for families like her own.

In the narrative that was read while she paraded Ethel around, Hannah reminded the audience to drink three to four glasses of milk every day.

Out of the four animal contestants Monday night, two were dairy cows and the other two, a goat and a lamb, were owned by the same family.

Shannon Uzelac, 19, of Hagerstown, dressed like a leprechaun to parade her 1-year-old cow Covergirl, who had a large 4-H clover on either side of her body.

"And Covergirl can't wait until her milk can be the Lucky Charm taste in a bowl of Lucky Charm(s) cereal," was read as Uzelac walked Covergirl around the ring.

This was Uzelac's last year in 4-H. She won third place.

Hagerstown sisters Dani Young, 10, paraded a goat and Leanna Young, 12, showed off a lamb.

Leanna, who was dressed in a blue dress as Mary of "Mary Had a Little Lamb," paraded Chops, her 6 month old lamb. She won second place.

Dani, who was dressed in a ringmaster's top hat and tailed coat, led Warm Vanilla Sugar, a 4-month-old goat, whose nose was covered with black fabric designed to make the small animal look like an elephant.

Warm Vanilla Sugar, named after a Bath & Body Works scent, occasionally stood on its hind legs as an elephant would do at a ringmaster's command.

Dani and Warm Vanilla Sugar took fourth place.

Her sister Leanna struggled to keep her "little lamb" in line.

Pam Schnebly, superintendent of the Pretty Animal Contest, said she thinks the number of contestants was low because the truck and tractor pull ran at the same time.

"Next year, we may change it," she said.

River City Farm donated $25, $10 and $5 gift certificates to the first, second and third place winners. Blue Seal Feeds donated a 50 pound bag of feed for each participant. Land O' Lakes Cooperative donated a bag of school supplies for each participant.

Clopper's Orchards donated peaches to the judges and Basketful of Gifts donated a bag of gifts to the master of ceremonies.

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