Ashli Quick of Tunkhannock says it’s pretty exciting that she is going to be Pennsylvania’s representative at the Miss United States Agriculture competition this summer in Alabama.
A junior at Tunkhannock Area High School, Quick said she was named 2017 Pennsylvania Teen Miss United State Agriculture, by sending in an application.
“I got my title through that,” she explained.
Quick’s mom, Pam Quick, explained that the competition is fairly new in Pennsylvania, and no state competition is held at this time to determine a winner. Instead, she said, applicants fill out the necessary forms and Pennsylvania’s candidate is chosen from the provided information.
The fact that Ashli Quick was picked to represent Pennsylvania at the national competition was no fluke. She said she has been a member of the ‘Grow Em and Show Em’ 4H Club since she was 7. But even back then, she was an old hand working with livestock, having held and shown animals at competitions since she was old enough to walk.
“She walked and held the halter during shows,” Pam Quick explained. “She used to scare some people.”
Ashli and Pam Quick raise animals at Quicks Farm in Centermoreland. Pam Quick said they raise cows, pigs, chickens and horses. And in about a week, they expect to get some sheep that Alshi will be raising as well.
Ashli also works at the Shangri-La Stables in Dallas.
“I’ve been there 3 years,” she said. “I do anything they ask me to - grooming, cleaning the stables, bringing them out.”
For the past three years, Quick has been president of the ‘Grow Em and Show Em’ 4H Club. She has entered animals in numerous competitions over the years. Last year, Ferdinand, her cow, a reserved home breed, won the grand champion showman competition at the Wyoming County Fair. Back in 2010 - the first year the fair accepted pigs for competition - Quick’s entries won for grand champion and grand champion home breed.
Quick is also no stranger to pageantry competition, having participated in various events since she was 5 years old.
“Some are easy. All you have to do is accept the crown and that’s it. Others require more work,” she explained.
Preparing for the Miss United State Agricultural competition definitely involved some work, and Quick has been rising to the challenge.
“This definitely has been the biggest pageant she’s ever been in,” Pam Quick explained. “Others have required preparation, but none like this.”
Ashli Quick attended the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, where she learned about other aspects of the state’s agriculture.
“Mushrooms are the number one cash crop of Pennsylvania,” Quick reported.
She also said she learned a lot of about the state’s hardwood industry, thanks to information provided by Deer Park Lumber in Tunkhannock.
“I really appreciate all the information they provided,” she said.
Quick will be competing against 49 other contestants - one from each state.
“It’s pretty exciting. I’ve never been to Alabama before,” Quick said about the competition.
Quick is uncertain exactly what will be involved if she wins the title, but is prepared to fulfill her obligations if she does.
“She likes to have a lot on her plate,” Pam Quick said, explaining that her daughter also loves to play lacrosse.
Ashli Quick said she intends to major in animal husbandry when she graduates high school. Pam Quick said they are going to investigate Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine while they are in Alabama during the competition.
The cost of attending the Miss United States Agriculture competition on June 24 is high, and to offset this, Quick is hoping to find enough sponsors. Pam Quick said that although Ashli has sent out 167 letters, only a few people have responded. Anyone wishing to help out may contact Ashli Quick at 570-205-6703; or write to her at 151 Fitch Corners Road, Tunkhannock PA 18657; or email her at email@example.com.