TOWER CITY, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) In February, we introduced you to a Schuylkill County mother and daughter who hold state titles in their divisions of Miss United States Agriculture.
Now they are preparing to hit the road for the national competition.
Eyewitness News Reporter Rachael Espaillat has more in this Eyewitness News follow-up.
Four-year-old Laila Shutt of Tower City has her crown ready to compete in her division of the national ‘Miss United States Agriculture.’ Her mom, Lauren Shutt will be by her side but competing in the ‘elite’ division.
“I would have never done it without her, so I needed her just as much as she needed me.“
As they gear up for the big competition, Lauren remembers,
“I always wanted to be the Gratz Fair Queen but my mother never let me. So this was my chance to get a crown”
And sees how it’s helped Leila.
“She was Usually hiding behind me. And now she will go walk on a stage…it’s getting her a little more confidence and that is what I want her to have in life, and good self-esteem,” said Lauren
Aside from the dressing up and the crowns, they’re in the competition because agriculture still plays a significant role in everyday life.
Food shopping and clothes manufacturing can all trace back to agriculture.
“We all rely on it but they don’t realize the importance of it and its impact and that is what we are trying to get back to” said Megan Keller, miss united states agriculture
Current national crown holder, Megan Keller of Lewistown, has helped the girls prepare for the competition.
The Shutt family has a background in flowers. Leila’s favorites are sunflowers.
” Because they keep the bees happy,“ she tells us.
The family has learned about different areas of agriculture from other competitors.
Keller left the girls with some advice.
“Have fun. Make friends. And be a positive role model and have a positive outlook on life and to also just be a good advocate for agriculture.“
The competition will be held Saturday in Florida
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