Mikayla Hagerty, Pennsylvania Miss Agriculture USA
Mikayla Hagerty is the reigning 2019 Pennsylvania Miss Agriculture USA and a former Somerset County Fair Queen. Mikayla has resided in Boswell, Pennsylvania all her life on her family’s hobby farm with her parents, Dewey and Kathleen.
Mikayla serves as a 4-H leader for the Hooversville Hayseeders 4-H Club, where she was a member for five years. Her time in 4-H was filled with many achievements and activities, as she was honored at the end of her 4-H career to be named the Pennsylvania Livestock Association’s Outstanding Female 4-H’er, Gold Level 4-H’er, Somerset County Overall Outstanding 4-H’er, and the first recipient of the Spirit of 4-H Award. As a 4-H’er, Mikayla served as her club president and took livestock projects in market swine and lamb. As a 4-H leader, Mikayla enjoys being able to share her love for 4-H with a new generation of young people to help promote lifelong involvement and support of agriculture.
A senior at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Mikayla enjoys a full schedule of being involved both in her home and campus community. She is a University Scholar and a Secondary Education major with a concentration in English and ESL. Mikayla proudly serves as president of the Education Honor Society, Vice President of the English Honor Society, a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and a student representative for the Alumni Association.
“I am incredibly honored and excited to be asked to be this year’s parade marshal. The Somerset County Fair has been a formative part of my life and has shaped me into who I am today by being the place where I fell in love with agriculture. The fair truly is my favorite place on earth, so I’m excited to be able to represent this place that means so much to me again.” Mikayla fulfilled a lifelong dream when she was named 2017 Somerset County Fair Queen and cherished the opportunity to share her love for the fair with others. As fair queen, Mikayla began two social media accounts for the program, which she continues to update for current fair queens and contestants.
Currently, Mikayla holds the title of the first ever Pennsylvania Miss Agriculture USA, which is a national non-profit organization aiming to promote agriculture. Mikayla has spent her year touring many farming operations in Somerset County and across the state. She has seen firsthand the hard work of the American farmer to maintain a lifestyle that has been in many families for generations. Her mission is to share their stories with others to increase agricultural awareness and education.
Mikayla aspires to become an educator in the areas of English and Agriculture and remain involved in Pennsylvania agriculture programs.