TIMONIUM, Md. —Gabrielle Cory of Leonardtown, Md., in St. Mary’s County, was named Miss Maryland Agriculture during opening-night festivities at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium.
Sponsored by the Maryland Farm Bureau and Maryland State Fair, the two-day competition culminated with an on-stage contest Friday.
Janai Heise represented Washington County and Beth Reed represented Frederick County, Md.
Taking the top agriculture spokesperson title, Cory, 16, lives on a 20-acre farmstead dedicated to forest conservation and also has sheep, cattle and poultry housed on her grandmother’s farm. She is the daughter of Wesley and Marian Cory.
Four contestants were named to a court to assist the state winner throughout the fair and during the year ahead.
Judges selected Autumn Miltenberger of Allegany County as first runner-up; Laura Thomas of Howard County as second runner-up; Elizabeth Galbreath of Harford County as third runner-up; and Maria Miller of Prince George’s County as fourth runner-up.
Maryland Farm Bureau is a private, nonprofit membership organization. It is controlled by its members through the democratic process and is financed by voluntary membership dues. Its strength comes from the active participation of more than 37,000 member families that belong to the state’s 23 county farm bureaus.