They know their roots

Crowning achievement

Crowning achievement

July 22, 2007|By MARIE GILBERT

Jamie Beckley said she always will be a farm girl.

So it's somewhat fitting that she was named Miss Washington County Farm Bureau Saturday afternoon.

"Most girls wouldn't even consider living or working on a farm," she said. "But I love it. I think this will be a wonderful opportunity for me."

Beckley, 19, received her crown before a crowd of well-wishers at the main show ring at the Washington County Ag Expo & Fair.

A student at Hagerstown Community College, Beckley hopes to attend West Virginia University, where she will study agricultural business.

Beckley's goal is to continue working on the family farm in Hagerstown, she said.

"I was born and raised on a farm," she said.

"I can't imagine being anywhere else."

She is the daughter of Steve and Karen Beckley of Hagerstown.

Beckley will represent Washington County at the farm queen competition at the Maryland State Fair in August.


She said she is looking forward to representing the local farm bureau at special events throughout the year.

"It should be a great experience," she said.

Beckley received her crown from last year's winner, Brenna House, 17, of Hagerstown.

House said over the past year, she learned a great deal about leadership and public speaking.

But she also made a lot of new friends.

"It was an experience I'll never forget," House said.

"I highly recommend it to other girls," she said.

Pedal to the metal

It was all about putting the pedal to the metal Saturday afternoon as youngsters participated in the Pedal Tractor Pull at the Washington County Ag Expo & Fair.

The competition featured contestants in three age groups, who sat atop an International two-pedal power tractor, nicknamed "The Red Rooster," and competed for prizes donated by the Washington County Farm Bureau.

The participants pedaled the tractor along a small track inside the main show ring, pulling a weight transfer box of 10-, 20- and 30-pound weights.

Among the winners was Zachary Baker, 6, of Boonsboro, who won a toy tractor and a ticket for free ice cream.

Zachary said he owns a pedal tractor and drives it around his farm.

This wasn't the first year that Zachary participated in the contest. Last year, he placed in the top five, he said.

"I didn't know if I would win this year," he said. "I just did my best."

Washing the pigs' skins

Katrina Smith spent Saturday afternoon giving Chuck and Annie a bath.

Chuck and Annie are pigs, and as part of the Washington County Ag Expo & Fair, Smith was preparing them to be sold.

"We buy pigs, raise them, then sell them," the 12-year-old Clear Spring Middle School student said.

Katrina said it's easy to get attached to the animals, and sometimes hard to say goodbye.

"But we'll get more pigs in March or April," she said.

Katrina said her friends think it's neat that she raises pigs.

"None of my friends do anything like this. But I think it's fun."

More photos

To view and/or purchase photos from the Washington County Ag Expo & Fair, go to and click on the link under "Ag Expo Photos" near the top of the home page.

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