TIMONIUM, Md. — Thursday evening, 18-year-old Melyn Rhodes of Millington in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland was named Miss Maryland Agriculture 2019. Miss Rhodes is a graduate of Queen Anne’s County High School and plans to study general agriculture and radiology technology at Chesapeake College in the fall. While keeping up with her studies, Melyn will also play softball for her college team.
Miss Rhodes was awarded with scholarship and cash awards valued up to $13,000. As Miss Maryland Agriculture 2019, she will be present throughout the run of the Maryland State Fair to award prizes, and meet with fairgoers, dignitaries, and media representatives. Her responsibilities will continue throughout the year, as she will participate in a number of activities representing Maryland agriculture.
Miss Rhodes, who lives on a seven acre farmette, has been a 4-H member for eight years and is actively involved in Queen Anne’s FFA Chapter where she has served as Chapter reporter, secretary, and vice president.
“I am honored to have been named 2019 Miss Maryland Agriculture. I look forward to the many opportunities ahead to share with others about the importance of agriculture to our state, our nation, and the world,” said Miss Rhodes.
“The purpose of the Miss Maryland Agriculture Program, in partnership with the Maryland State Fair, is to surface young women with an agricultural background to serve as leaders who will promote our agricultural industry and the Farm Bureau organization throughout the year and in the future,” said Miss Maryland Agriculture State Coordinator and Maryland State Fair & Agricultural Society Board Member Mary Amoss.
The young women vying for the title were critiqued during a two-day competition, primarily on their farm/agricultural knowledge and experience, speaking ability, Farm Bureau knowledge, and presentation.
Miss Maryland Agriculture winners from the past 70+ years who were invited back to attend the competition offered advice and encouragement to this year’s contestants. While the title has changed over the years, from Miss Timonium in the 1940s, Timonium Farm Queen, Farm Queen and Maryland Farm Queen in the 1950s, to Maryland Agriculture Ambassador and Miss Maryland Agriculture in the new millennium, the goal to promote the importance of agriculture has remained the same.
—Edie M. Bernier, Maryland State Fair