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Ninety-five Years of the Shenandoah Queens

I like the fact that they choose Queens from outside their region. Long may she reign!

First photo source: The Daily News Leader (Staunton, Virginia)10 Mar 1959, Tue Page 12







The home page.

Apparently, the Court also includes Apple Blossom Princesses.

Source: The Daily News Leader (Staunton, Virginia) 22 Mar 1957, Fri Page 3



Source of article: The Times Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia) 04 May 1957, Sat Page 3






Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 24, 2022 - Comments (4)
Category: Agriculture, Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Parades and Festivals, Regionalism, Twentieth Century, Twenty-first Century

Using cement as fertilizer

A strange agricultural method reported on the site GlobalCement.com.

Vietnam - Jan 20, 2016: Vietnamese farmers in many localities have used cement as fertiliser for their rice fields after a farmer in Lai Vung, Dong Thap said that the move had helped him raise his yield...

Mai Quoc Hau, Head of the Agriculture and Rural Development Division of Lai Vung, said that the local authorities have known about the initiative of local farmers. The division has sent experts to work with the farmers. He said that he would report the case to the higher authorities for consideration because using cement as fertiliser was 'very strange.' Experts have warned that spraying cement to rice fields will make the land unsuitable for crop cultivation.

If the cement doesn't make the rice grow at least they might end up with a nice, new parking lot.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 21, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Agriculture

The Grape Day Queen of Escondido

The official page.

Grape Day started in 1908 as a way to celebrate Escondido's grape harvest and promote the city. It flourished until 1950 and was revived by the Escondido History Center in 1996. Each year in October*, our community comes together to celebrate Grape Day.


An article from 2006.



The 1949 candidates, courtesy of the Weekly Times-Advocate (Escondido, California)19 Aug 1949, Fri Page 6



The 1913 winner.





Source: Times-Advocate (Escondido, California)18 Feb 1973, Sun Page 8





Posted By: Paul - Sat Apr 09, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Agriculture, Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Regionalism, Twentieth Century, Twenty-first Century

The Future Farmers of America Sweethearts

Visit this page for a full history, and lots more photos.

Prior to 1969 about the only way a female could be involved with the FFA was to be a chapter sweetheart. In the early days of the FFA, it was common for a chapter to have an FFA Sweetheart. The Sweetheart was typically voted on by the members and the selection of the sweetheart more often than not was a popularity/beauty contest. The Sweetheart, often wearing a white sweetheart jacket, might represent the chapter in a parade, at the school’s homecoming, or in a county livestock show or fair.




Posted By: Paul - Tue Feb 22, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Agriculture, Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Education, Twentieth Century

Ellen Harkonen, Potato Queen of 1936

Source: Keansburg News (Keansburg, New Jersey) 31 Dec 1936, Thu Page 4

Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 10, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Agriculture, Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Food, 1930s

Maid of Cotton

Unique in mandating the composition of all contest garments: 100% cotton, what else!

Full story here.





Posted By: Paul - Tue Jun 22, 2021 - Comments (3)
Category: Agriculture, Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Regionalism, 1930s

New Frontiers (of Barb Wire)

Thrill to the history of barb wire with "Little Barb!" (Or "American Barb" if you prefer.)







Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 15, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Agriculture, Anthropomorphism, History, Regionalism, Advertising

Citrus & Vegetable Magazine

I cannot find an issue of C&V later than 2014, and the website you see on the cover below seems down. But certainly, if they still exist, they will find it hard to beat the cover for the April 1977 issue.



Posted By: Paul - Sat May 16, 2020 - Comments ()
Category: Agriculture, Business, Corporate Mascots, Icons and Spokesbeings, Magazines

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