One of the annual Harford County Farm Fair events that has been growing in popularity is the Literary Spelling Bee sponsored by the Harford County Public Library.
Open to all ages with groupings from pre-kindegarten to adult, this year's spelling bee, which was held at the fair on Thursday, July 27, drew a record number of participants, according to organizers.
"It was really a great turnout," HCPL Director Mary Hastler said. "We can see the interest in it building."
Ribbons are awarded to the top six finishers in each age group, and the winners are:
Grades 1-2: 1st – Adam Schoonveld; 2nd – Matthew Gostomski; 3rd – August Baker; 4th – Frankie Gostomski; 5th – Grace Guckert; 6th – Savannah Stewart.
Grades 3-4: 1st – Riley Halpin; 2nd – Paige Gostomski; 3rd – Caleb Baker; 4th – Deetya Chhatwal; 5th – Ashley Kirk; 6th – Nathaniel Yacono.
Grades 5-6: 1st – Lauren Cronin; 2nd – Elise Wetzelberger; 3rd – Keliss Levone-Myers; 4th – Mia McClintock; 5th – Connor Piffath; 6th – Garrett Braun.
Grades 7-8: 1st – Andrew Fulco; 2nd – Maddox Braue; 3rd – Ed Royer; 4th – Ethan Baker; 5th – Jonas Piffath; 6th – Muhammad Khan.
Grades 9-12: 1st – Maryam Khan; 2nd – Mackenzie Monath; 3rd – Liam DuBois; 4th – Maria Tamaris; 5th – Ben Kelly.
Adults: 1st (tie) Barbara Kreamer and Janet Parker; 3rd – Schuyler Warner; 4th – Greg Royer; 5th – Tatiana Levone; 6th – Aidan Wiley.