Six local young women will compete tomorrow night for the honor of becoming the Carroll County Farm Queen.
The contest, followed by a performance of Shockwave, a local barbershop quartet, kicks off the Carroll County 4-H Fair, which runs through next Sunday at the agricultural center in Westminster.
"That's the most that I can remember [competing] in a while," said Debbie Hoff, who competed for the title three years ago. She is now helping to organize the contest, which is open to single women, ages 16 to 20, whose families are members of the Carroll County Farm Bureau.
The winner will compete for the Maryland Farm Queen title at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium on Aug. 28-29. She also will represent the county agricultural community throughout the year various events.
Each participant must answer several agriculture-related questions. She will be judged on her farm, home and community responsibilities; her speaking ability; her personality; her friendliness; and general appearance.
This year's Farm Queen contestants are:
* Tracy Kathleen Clagett, 17, lives on a six-acre farmette in Taylorsville. She will be a senior at South Carroll High School this fall and plans to attend Carroll Community College after graduation. She then expects to attend a larger college and pursue a degree in music education.
In November, she sang with the FFA National Chorus during the group's convention in Kansas City.
* Marti V. Fair, 18, raises horses with her family on a six-acre farmette in Westminster. She graduated from North Carroll High School in the spring and plans to pursue a major in pre-veterinary science at Carroll Community College in the fall.
Ms. Fair, Carroll County's Miss 4-H for 1992, plans to graduate fromcollege with a veterinary medicine degree.
* Monica Lynne Feeser, 17, lives on a swine, beef and grain farm in Taneytown. A Francis Scott Key senior, she plans to attend an agricultural college after graduation.
She attended the 4-H National Congress in Chicago in December and received a $1,500 scholarship from Syntex Animal Health products for her excellence in the beef category.
* Melissa Ann Harrison, 18, lives on a 170-acre grain and beef farm in Woodbine. She will be a freshman at the University of Maryland at College Park this year and plans to major in general agriculture.
She competed in the Farm Queen contest in 1991 and 1992.
* Carie Martin, 16, lives on a 14-acre dairy goat farm in Manchester and attends New Freedom (Pa.) Christian High School.
She is interested in raising beef cattle and will begin competitive trail riding in the fall.
* Marie Lee Speak, 18, lives on a 400-acre dairy farm in Taneytown. The Francis Scott Key graduate will begin freshman classes at the University of Maryland at College Park this fall. She plans to work in the area of agribusiness with management, sales or public relations.
Ms. Speak was the 1992 Dairy Princess and the 1991 Maryland Swiss Miss.
She returned from a trip to Europe with the Maryland 4-H dairy judging team last month.