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Debra Davis
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MONTGOMERY MOBILE, Ala. -- Laura Shay Popwell of Andalusia was crowned Miss Alabama Agriculture at the 78th annual meeting of the Alabama Farmers Federation Dec. 6 at the Mobile Civic Center.

As the new Miss Alabama Agriculture, Miss Popwell will represent the Farmers Federation at functions throughout the state in the coming year and will serve as an ambassador for agriculture -- the state's largest industry. She received a year's use of a 2000 Ford Mustang courtesy of Blount Strange Ford of Montgomery and a $2,000 scholarship from the Alabama Farmers Federation. She also will participate in the Federation's annual Washington legislative trip in March and will serve as an ex-officio member of the State Young Farmers Committee, which sponsors the state pageant.

The Young Farmers Committee is a division of the Alabama Farmers Federation. Miss Popwell is the 19-year-old daughter of Larry and Vicki Popwell of Andalusia. She is a junior at the University of Alabama where she is seeking a degree in business.

Elizabeth Brooke Shepard of Dale Country was first alternate in the pageant and received $750. She is the 18-year-old daughter of Tim and Kim Shepard of Ozark and attends Enterprise State Junior College.

Jeanne Lee McMillan of Baldwin County was second alternate in the pageant and received $500. She is the 19-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. McMillan of Stockton and attends the University of South Alabama.

Jenny Laine Davis of Pike County was third alternate in the pageant and received $300. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Ashley Davis and Ronnie and Teresa Colvin of Brundidge and is a senior at Pike Liberal Arts School in Troy.

Contestants in the Miss Alabama Agriculture pageant must be a Alabama Farmers Federation member. Contestants were judged in Sunday dress and in formal evening gowns and were scored on beauty, poise and personality, ability to communicate, and school and community activities. 12/08/99

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