PLEASANT VALLEY - Baltimore TV personality Stu Kerr, known for his antics as Bozo the Clown and Professor Kool, treated Carroll County Farm Bureau members to a good time Tuesday at the group's annual dinner.
Kerr, 62, spewed jokes and stories for half an hour to about 550 Farm Bureau members gathered at Pleasant Valley Fire Hall.
Kerr, now a "free-lance" performer, reminisced about his days as "The Janitor" who mopped floors and pantomimed to music on early-morning TV and as the master of ceremonies on the quiz show "Dialing for Dollars."
Kerr, who was on Channel 2 in Baltimore for 30 years, now has a gardening show on WCBM radio on Saturday mornings.
The Carroll Farm Bureau, which has the largest membership of any county farm bureau in the state, also elected new officers and voted on a handful of legislative resolutions.
C. William Knill of Mount Airy was elected to his third term as president. Gary Brauning II was re-elected vice president.
Knill encouraged farmers to stay involved in the Farm Bureau, the largest ag group in the county, to keep a strong voice for agriculture in the county.
Dinner was served under dimmer-than-usual lights powered by generators because the electricity went out early in the afternoon after winds knocked down power lines in the area.
But the show went on as planned, except for the mashed potatoes, because fire company volunteers had begun preparing the turkey and shrimp dinner the day before, said Donna Geiman, ladies auxiliary president.
Members ate corn instead of potatoes because electric mashing equipment couldn't be used, she said. Full power was restored after the meal had been served.
Maryland Farm Bureau president Eddie Allen congratulated Carroll farmers on reaching their membership goal. The county has 1,298 Farm Bureau members.
John F. Butler, field services director for the Maryland Farm Bureau, presented Gold Star awards to eight committee chairmen and chairwomen for their work in the past year. Only five other counties in the state earned eight Gold Star awards, he said. Carroll will compete with them for state honors at the state convention in Ocean City in December.
Committee chairmen and chairwomen were:
* Membership -- Daniel Wilhide.
* Public affairs -- Gary Brauning II.
* National affairs -- Donald I. Dell.
* Discussion groups -- John Mike Myers.
* Information -- Jean Knill.
* Women -- Holly Fleming.
* Young farmers -- Myron Frock.
* Service to members -- Ernest Martin.
Five new directors and seven new women's committee members also were elected.
Directors elected to three-year terms are:
* District 1 (Hampstead/Manchester) -- Wesley Moser.
* District 2 (Westminster/ Woolerys) -- Barry High.
* District 3 (Berrett/Freedom/Mount Airy/Franklin) -- Robert Logue.
* District 4 (New Windsor/Uniontown) -- P. H. Snader.
* District 5 (Middleburg/Union Bridge) -- Wayne Drabic.
Women's committee members elected to two-year terms are:
* District 1 -- Margaret Schneider.
* District 2 -- Michele Buford.
* District 3 -- Jayne Harrison.
* District 4 -- Sue Myers.
* District 5 -- Grace Weant and Anne Lethbridge.
Farm Bureau members also honored four families who have had farms in their families for at least 100 years.
The four Century Farms are:
* John and Helen Totura of Bachmans Valley Road, Westminster, whose farm has been in the family since 1810.
* Harry J. Zepp of Lineboro Road, Manchester, whose farm has been in the family since 1868.
* Howard A. Smith Jr. of Smith's Private Road, Sykesville, whose farm has been in the family since 1883.
* J. Stanley Harrison of Gillis Falls Road, Woodbine, whose farm has been in the family since 1889.
Maryland Farm Queen Jenell R. Rinehart of Taneytown also attended the dinner and told members she is enjoying her activities as a representative of the agricultural community.
"It really makes me proud to say I come from Carroll County," she said.