TIMONIUM — Carroll County's Farm Queen was named first runner-up Sunday in the Maryland Farm Queen contest at the Maryland State Fair.
Laura M. Kaminski, 19, of Manchester, said she will represent the Maryland FarmBureau at events during the year that the queen cannot attend.
She also will be at the fair, which runs through Labor Day, to help hand out awards.
Kelly Holland of Pocomoke, Worcester County, won the title after a two-day competition. She was crowned by the outgoing queen, Jenell Rinehart, 18, of Taneytown.
Holland, a high school senior, will speak throughout Maryland in the coming year about agriculture. She won a $2,000 scholarship and the use of a GMC vehiclefor three months.
Kaminski, who returns to Villa Julie College inBaltimore County next week as a sophomore, lives on a 50-acre farm where her family raises goats, sheeps and hogs.
She has been a 4-H member for 14 years and currently belongs to the Chevonaire 4-H DairyGoat Club and the Black Rock 4-H Club.
Kaminski, daughter of Ann and Tony Kaminski, is studying paralegal skills and would like to attend law school.
She was crowned Carroll County Farm Queen at the Carroll County 4-H/FFA Fair on July 28.
Outgoing queen Rinehart will attend the University of Maryland, College Park, this fall to studyan agriculture-related field.
The contest is open to young women ages 16 to 19 who are daughters of Farm Bureau members. Contestants from the state's 23 counties competed and were judged primarily on their agriculture knowledge and experience.