The Miss Maryland Agriculture Program has been a part of the Maryland State Fair since the 1930’s when it was then titled the Miss Timonium Fair. Throughout the years, the contest’s name has changed from Miss Farm Beauty to Maryland Farm Queen and Maryland Agricultural Ambassador. However, the contest’s mission has remained the same:
“Surfacing young women with an agricultural background to serve as leaders to promote our industry and the Farm Bureau organization throughout the year and in the future.”
Eligible participants include ladies between the ages of 16 and 19 who are either Maryland Farm Bureau members or their parents are members in good standing of one of our 23 county Farm Bureaus. When selected by county Farm Bureaus, all contestants must participate in the three-day Miss Maryland Agriculture Orientation in order to gain knowledge and expertise to assist in competition for the title of Miss Maryland Agriculture.
During the State Fair, contestants participate in a two-day contest consisting of professional interviews, round table discussions and our on-stage contest. They are judged by out-of-state judges on their agricultural and Farm Bureau knowledge, personal presentation and speaking ability. Contestants are provided with a variety of opportunities in agriculture education, career preparation and public relations to enhance their agricultural, professional and personal lives.
The ladies are also given scholarships from the Miss Maryland Agriculture Contest to assist them as they continue to develop into leaders of our industry. Contestants give back to our community by visiting the Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore, working with the Maryland Food Bank and other organizations in the state throughout the year.
To assist in funding the Miss Maryland Agriculture program and contest, Maryland Farm Bureau welcomes financial and promotional contributions. If you or your farm/organization are interested, contact Trish Hildebrand at firstname.lastname@example.org.