It’s been a busy week for 2019 Anne Arundel County Fair Queen Olivia Velthuis. But she’s used to that.
The active 4H Club member, who does most of her farm-related work at Kinder Farm Park, was crowned Wednesday night and has been all over the fair since.
When the fair winds down Sunday her duties won’t be over as she will represent the Anne Arundel County Fair at other events, such as tractor pulls and the rodeo held at the Crownsville fairgrounds.
"I’ll go to the SPCA Puppy Plunge too,” she said.
Olivia has attended fair events throughout the week while also showing the animals she raised in the various fair divisions.
“I’ve got sheep I’ll be showing at 9 a.m. Sunday,” she said in between events Friday.
She’s been involved in 4H since for about seven years. “I joined when I was about nine,” the 16-year-old junior at Old Mill High School said. “Now I am working on market lamb and market turkey projects. But I have raised chickens and market hogs.”
She raises most at Kinder Farm Park, where she was president of the 4H Chapter. “I raised lamb and chickens in my backyard. My mom was not super happy about that,” she said.
Fair Queen is not her only crown. She was this year’s Miss Anne Arundel Farm Bureau and competed in the statewide event at Timonium Fair Grounds. “I did not place there but met a lot of great people,” she said.
In 2017 she was the Anne Arundel County Poultry Princess.
Velthuis’s mother works for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and she is considering following in her footsteps, perhaps.
Regardless, her highness is not wasting any time. Though only a junior she plans on graduating from Old Mill this year and beginning her college career at Anne Arundel Community College next fall.
“Then I plan on going on to the University of Maryland. “I am looking to get an ag or science degree,” she said. “I am not sure which yet. But I would like to improve the future of agriculture on the science and lab side or with cattle. It all interests me and I am happy to be able to do it.”
She’s also an artist and is involved in the 4H outdoor skills club. “We get to do hands on things with motors, and riflery. And I am pretty good at archery which I am practicing.”