Spelling bee

Winners from the third and fourth grade category at the Literary Spelling Bee pose with Tales, the Harford County Public Library mascot, at the Harford County Farm Fair. Pictured, from left, are: Lizzy Kelly, first; and Elysa Puglionesi, Aman Tripatchi and Jeremy Jestel, who tied for second. (August 1, 2013)

The annual Literary Spelling Bee at the Harford County Farm Fair was filled with excitement for spellers and readers alike. Hosted by Harford County Public Library, 40 participants from children through adult competed in this year's event July 28.

Children enjoyed spelling words like "swan" from "The Ugly Duckling" and "chimney" from "Mary Poppins." Adults were challenged with words like "pachyderms" and "connoisseur." All participants were given a Farm Fair ribbon and small prize from the library. The first, second and third place winners were also allowed to choose a new book from the library plus the library mascot, Tales, attended to cheer on the children and take pictures with the winners.

Winners in each category were:

Entering grades 1-2: first, Sophia Cramer; second, Evelyn Gutierrez; third, Maya Modi.

Entering grades 3-4: first, Lizzy Kelly; second (tie) Elysa Puglionesi, Aman Tripatchi and Jeremy Jestel.

Entering grades 5-6: first. Nica Garin; second, Mackenzie Alderson; third, Carlton Moss.

Entering grades 7-8: first, Vijay Modi; second, Darby Hyde; third, Mikayla King.

Adults: first, Barbara Kreamer; second (tie) Lani Hyde, Katie Holter and Bethany Evans.

Harford County Public Library operates 11 branches located throughout Harford County. The library serves 182,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of more than 4.1 million. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.