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Leigh Harrow crowned Oyster Festival Queen

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The royalty of the 56th annual Urbanna Oyster Festival includes, front from left, Little Miss Spat first runner-up Kaitlyn Barney, Little Miss Spat Anna Carey, and Little Miss Spat second runner-up Cheyenne Sears; back from left, Festival Queen first runner-up Anna Shaw, Oyster Festival Queen Leigh Harrow, and Festival Queen second runner-up Holly Oliver. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

by Tom Chillemi

Leigh Harrow was crowned Queen of the 56th Urbanna Oyster Festival last Friday and Anna Carey was crowned Little Miss Spat.

As Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen, Harrow received a $5,000 college scholarship.

Little Miss Spat Anna Carey received $150. She is the daughter of Mike and Kate Carey of Wake. Anna attends first grade at Ware Academy.

Anna Shaw of Deltaville was first runner-up for Queen and received a $4,000 scholarship. Shaw also won the Academic Achievement Award, for which she won an additional $250 scholarship.

The second runner-up for Queen was Holly Oliver, who won a $3,000 scholarship. 

Oliver’s Community Service project also was judged to be best and she received a $250 scholarship for it. Oliver and her Little Miss Spat contestant Cheyenne Sears teamed up for their project, “Keep Middlesex Safe.” Oliver worked with sheriff’s offices in Lancaster and Northumberland to help train and raise money for their canine unit. 

Kaitlyn Barney was first runner-up for Little Miss Spat and received $100. Cheyenne Sears was second runner-up for Little Miss Spat and received $75. 

As their community service project, Harrow and her Little Miss Spat contestant, Anna Crown, hosted a shrimp feast and silent auction on July 28 to benefit the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park. The theme of the event was “Anchored in Heritage.” The museum suffered a devastating fire on July 18, 2012, that destroyed many one-of-a-kind historical artifacts and the building that housed these precious links to the county’s nautical heritage.

Harrow planned and organized the event, which included cooking the shrimp. Many local sponsors donated items for the silent auction.

Harrow and Crown sold over 240 dinners and more than 50 silent auction items that raised over $5,300. The Deltaville Maritime Museum has been awarded two separate grants that will match the money raised. As a result, the museum will receive over $10,000 due to the efforts of Harrow and Crown.

Harrow is a member of the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has been running for the Middlesex High School Cross Country team for five years. She has competed on the district, regional and state level every year. After graduation Harrow would like to pursue a career in either pediatric medicine or sports medicine.

Harrow is the daughter of Allen and Cathy Harrow of Deltaville, and the granddaughter of Walter and Betty Harrow, Marguerite Brann and the late Robert Brann. She has two older sisters, Lauren and Lindsay.

Harrow and her family are members of Zoar Baptist Church in Deltaville.

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Oyster Festival Queen Leigh Harrow and Little Miss Spat Anna Carey
Oyster Festival Queen Leigh Harrow and 2012 Queen Allison Payne

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posted 11.06.2013

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