17-year-old from Washington County named Maryland Dairy Princess

August 04, 2013|By JANET HEIM |
  • Carol DeBaugh of Boonsboro was named Washington County Dairy Princess and now just recently Maryland Dairy Princess.
By Yvette May / Staff Photographer

Carol DeBaugh is used to working on the family’s dairy farm near Boonsboro.

The second of Matt and Tammy DeBaugh’s children, she has long been involved with 4-H and FFA at Boonsboro High School, where she will be a senior when classes resume.

Now the 17-year-old has a new role as Maryland Dairy Princess.

As Washington County Dairy Princess, Carol was one of four regional dairy princesses running for the state title. After other awards such as Miss Congeniality, Best Skit and Best Radio Spot were announced, Carol was awarded a $500 scholarship.

Then the alternate, Miss Carroll County, was called, and finally, Carol learned she was the top pick for the state. The other dairy princesses were from Frederick County and the Upper Chesapeake Region.

“I was nervous, I was hoping. Either way, I’d still be Washington County Dairy Princess and helping promote dairy,” Carol said. 

The announcement was made July 17 at the Maryland Dairy Princess Pageant at the Francis Scott Key Holiday Inn in Frederick, Md. Carol’s parents, two brothers, grandparents and some friends were in attendance.

She said that as the state dairy princess, she would be “spreading the word and getting more people to know what the dairy industry has to offer as far as products. I’ve been involved in the dairy industry all my life. I want to promote it and give back.”

Carol’s responsibilities will include helping at the activity center at the Maryland State Fair at the end of August and helping with other breed shows at the fair, she said.

For the past several years, Carol has been a dairy maid and involved in a number of dairy promotions. Regional dairy princesses visit schools, grocery stores and appear at community events to talk about the dairy industry and products.

She hasn’t decided at which college she’d like to use her scholarship, but does know she’d like to study something in “the agricultural side of things.”

She has served as president and treasurer of Boonsboro High’s FFA, is president of her 4-H dairy club, exhibits cattle at the local and state levels, and mentors other 4-H’ers.

Carol was honored as an overall showman during the Maryland 4-H Dairy Judging contest. She was a member of the state 4-H dairy judging team after placing second individually at the state 4-H dairy judging contest.

She also was a third-place winner at the state FFA dairy judging contest and finished in third place at the national level in the organization’s dairy-handling competition.

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