Sydnie Grossnickle, of Union Bridge, grew up on her family’s dairy and crop farm, and her great-grandmother has been encouraging her to compete in the Miss Frederick County Farm Bureau Contest for a long time.
This year, Grossnickle did compete, and she won the title of Miss Frederick County Farm Bureau on July 5.
“I couldn’t have been more excited,” she said.
The contest involves an application, résumé and essay as well as an interview with a panel of three judges, followed by a speech and Q&A in front of the public, family and friends.
Winning the contest means that Grossnickle will go on to compete at the Miss Maryland Agriculture State Contest in August and will serve as an agriculture spokeswoman on behalf of the Frederick County Farm Bureau at events around the county.
Grossnickle said she was excited to compete for the title and is looking forward to representing Frederick County agriculture.
“I’ve always looked up to what the Farm Bureau does for our community, and agriculture in general has been such a big part of my life,” she said.
Grossnickle also said she was lucky to run alongside “two awesome young ladies.”
Hannah Hartness, of Thurmont, and Sarah Curley, of Mount Airy, also competed in the contest.
Grossnickle said she hopes to educate consumers about what agriculture is really like.
“A lot of our consumers get their opinions about agriculture from social media or something like that,” she said.
Grossnickle said advocates like herself or farmers are good resources to learn about agriculture “because it is an industry that not many people know about.”
Grossnickle has a long list of involvement and achievement in agriculture, including about 11 years of experience showing cattle, the title of Maryland dairy princess in 2017 and Maryland FFA state president in 2018.
She said she’s nervous about the state contest but is excited to meet other contestants and learn about agriculture in their counties.
“[I’m excited to] represent Frederick County the best that I possibly can, because we’re such a strong county and our agriculture is truly amazing.”