BY VICKI TERWILIGER
Four Schuylkill County residents won state titles and will represent Pennsylvania in a national pageant promoting agriculture next year.
They include Heidi Flory, of Hegins; Lauren Shutt, of Tower City; Abigail Purcell, of Hegins; and Everly Smith, of Valley View. The winners garnered their state sashes and crowns at the Eastern Regional Miss United States Agriculture Pageant on Sept. 12 at Burnhead Grazings in Indiana, Pennsylvania.
“I’m thrilled to be heading to the National Miss United States Agriculture Pageant next summer,” Flory, who was named PA Elite 2021 and PA Miss Agriculture Advocacy Ambassador 2021, said. “I plan to continue my advocacy for our industry using my #foodforthought platform in my PA Farm to Family Table Facebook group, as well as through appearances, guest lectures, and other opportunities to serve the Pennsylvania community,” Flory said.
Shutt, named Pennsylvania Miss United States Agriculture People’s Choice 2021, will continue her platform promoting agritourism. To win the People’s Choice award, fans supporting Shutt donated $1 for each vote, with the funds generated going toward agriculture programs.
Purcell won the Pennsylvania Teen Miss United States Agriculture 2021 title, with a platform promoting women in agriculture; and Smith won the Tiny Miss United States Agriculture, Eastern Regional Spokesmodel 2021 title, promoting Farmers Feed America.
Desiree Reed, meanwhile, holds the 2021 Schuylkill County Mrs. title.
The national competition will be held June 18-19, 2021, in Orlando, Florida, according to Megan Keller, pageant director for Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland and the national contestant coordinator.
“Their mission is to teach, inspire and advocate,” Keller, of Lewistown, said. Each candidate has her own platform, she said.
More information can be found at missunitedstatesagriculture.org.
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