by Lisa Tome
Members of the local agriculture community have noticed an influx of Amish farmers calling Cecil County home over the past few years.
It wasn't their imagination.
A recent survey taken during the annual Calvert Grange Dairy Night revealed that 20 of the 29 Cecil dairy farms are now Amish-owned.
Eleanor Cline, longtime grange member and one of the Dairy Night organizers, said that 150 people turned out for the event, that's 20 more than last year.
"There's more Amish than English (how Amish refer to the locals) dairy farms now," said Cline.
Dairy Night has been held for a half dozen years. It was a long standing grange tradition and then revived to celebrate dairy farmers. Kilby Cream provides ice cream. There is also milk and a covered dish dinner.
Maryland Dairy Princess Mackenzie Underwood, who lives in the East area, and other dairy contest winners led a Milk Toast to kick off the festivities. Underwood wrapped up her reign July 12 following a busy year representing the county and the dairy industry.
"I learned a lot about public speaking and the leadership role," said Underwood. Miss Cecil County Farm Bureau Nadine Brown of Fair Hill was also in attendance.