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Clear Spring girl receives county farm bureau title

July 24, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

SHARPSBURG - Hannah Smith had more on her mind Saturday than just becoming the new Miss Washington County Farm Bureau. The 17-year-old Clear Spring girl also has 10 dairy animals and two capons in the Ag Expo competitions later in the week.

But for one brief moment, she was able to put aside her competitive side and enjoy her new title.

While the only participant this year, Hannah said that didn't bother her at all. She still had to answer the traditional grab bag question which she drew from a jar held by Priscilla Harsh, president of the Washington County Farm Bureau.

Hannah's question dealt with the issue of humane euthanasia of farm animals. "I don't eat red meat now because of the inhumane euthanasia issue," Hannah said.

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She added that in her planned career as a dairy veterinarian, she hopes to be the one to come up with a shot that is more humane than the way it is done now. A senior at Clear Spring High School, Hannah plans to attend Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., to study dairy science.

Holly Shifler, outgoing Miss Washington County Farm Bureau, said she enjoyed her yearlong reign. "I attended the Maryland Farm Bureau convention in Ocean City and the Young Farmers Convention in Harford County," she said. "It was a great year and I met a lot of nice girls."

Harsh said she was pleased that Hannah would be the new title holder and she added that Holly had been outstanding. "I wish there would be more candidates because there are scholarships involved," Harsh said. "But there are also requirements."

Participants in the contest must be 16 years old as of the state contest in August and not 19 years old by the state contest. They are required to be Farm Bureau members and involved in some form of agriculture.

Hannah is the daughter of John and Paula Smith of Clear Spring. She is a member of the National Honor Society and president of the school FFA chapter.

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