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In one Carroll 4-H Fair competition, every team pulls its load Westminster teen is queen


WESTMINSTER -- Poised, smiling and articulate, Heather Hull of Westminster was chosen as the 1992 Carroll County Farm Queen Sunday evening.

Miss Hull, 17, of the 1000 block of Sullivan Road, will be a senior at Westminster High School this fall.

She won $250 and will represent county farmers during the next year as she speaks to community groups and attends the state fair.

"It's a great honor and privilege to represent the farmers of Carroll County. You guys are the hardest working business people I know," she said after being named farm queen.

Three other young women from Carroll competed in the half-hour contest during the first day of the Carroll County 4-H/FFA Fair. The three judges met with the contestants individually before the competition.

During the contest, each young woman introduced herself then answered a question about agriculture.

Miss Hull wore a white satin dress with sequins and answered the question, "What's the major problem facing farmers today?"

Farmers face many problems, she said, but the major one is making a profit.

Legislation about wetlands, pesticides and other environmental issues works against farmers, she said.

"Farmers all have to face that," she said.

Miss Hull, last year's Miss 4-H, said she has shown dairy Guernsey cows in local, state and national competitions. Her parents, Illona and John Hull, currently rent their land to another farmer, she said.

She recently won a trip to the National 4-H Congress in Chicago in December as a result of her work in photography. She is a member of the Pleasant Valley 4-H Club and the Carroll County Teen Council.

Contest judges were Robert Jones, a former extension agent in Carroll; Virginia Heaps, a former music teacher in Harford County; and Rebeccah Osborn, the 1988 Maryland Farm Queen.

The contest was open to single women ages 16 to 20 whose parents are Carroll County Farm Bureau members. Contestants' scores were based 25 percent on farm, home and community responsibilities; 25 percent on speaking ability; 25 percent on knowledge of agriculture; 15 percent on personality and friendliness; and 10 percent on general appearance.

The other contestants were Beth Bonde, 16 of Mount Airy, and Melissa Harrison, 17, and Rachel Harrison, 19, both of Woodbine.

Miss Hull will compete for a $2,000 scholarship Aug. 29 and 30 in the Maryland Farm Queen contest at the State Fair.

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