Lindsay Tritle, Orrstown, in March won enough popular votes to be named the grand prize winner of New Holland's "Voice of the Next Generation" music video contest for country music fans. Four others from across the nation were also among the top five prize winners.
Contestants age 18 and older were invited to submit 30-second videos demonstrating their interpretations of the hit song, "Dirt," by country music duo Florida Georgia Line.
New Holland, a manufacturer of tractors and other agricultural equipment, chose "Dirt" because the song's lyrics reflect New Holland's ties to those whose jobs are tied to agriculture. The contest is part of New Holland's 120th anniversary celebration.
In early March, Tritle qualified for the contest through radio station WAYZ-FM 104.7, Greencastle, for which she had to sing 10 seconds of a FGL song. She and three other area contestants were taken to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center, Harrisburg, to make their videos.
"Forrester's Farm Equipment, Scotland, ... gave us a pink tractor and apparel for us to use in the video. My little girls loved the pink tractor," wrote Tritle in an email to Public Opinion. "Josh, at Forrester's promised me if I won the whole contest, he would buy my girls a pink tractor!
"The video is very special to me because my two beautiful daughters, Jaxin and Joplin, are in it with me, and also my Nana and Pap, John and Vi Keefer, (who) live on a farm in Roxbury."
Tritle's video was one of two chosen by WAYZ staff from the four recorded that day, and the two contestants were invited to record their vocals in the WAYZ studio.
"It was quite an incredible feeling, I have always wanted to record in studio," said Tritle. "Singing has always been a passion of mine. I sing all of the time. Any lyrics of any country song."
The completed videos were among about 40 others submitted to New Holland's national online competition, posted to YouTube for popular voting March 23 through 31.
Tritle's video received more than 6,000 "likes," enough to head the top five and name her New Holland's "Voice of The Next Generation." The other top winners were Shawna Starbird, Nashville, Tennessee; William Bundy, Lebanon, Virginia; Melinda Lee, Saskatchewan, Canada; and Rachel Markwiese, Chicago, Illinois.
Winners and their guests — Tritle took her fiance, Ryan Frazer — were given an expense-paid, four-day trip to Hershey, where FGL would perform May 2 at Giant Center Arena. They also attended a private event prior to the concert, where Tyler Hubbard, one-half of the country duo, made an appearance.
"This was my first time being driven in a fancy, tinted out car to an event. I am telling you, I could get way-y-y-y used to that!" Tritle said.