Amanda Bush, Kyle Hack win Junior Fair titles
By Evelyn Long –
The excitement was electric in the Junior Fair Youth building on Tuesday, August 28, when the annual King and Queen presentation was held.
When the final results of the election were announced, Amanda Bush and Kyle Hack were named the 2012 Morrow County Junior Fair King and Queen.
Named first runners up were Jason Zeigler and Valerie Tolle. Second runner up was McKenzie Smith; third runner up, Reagan Neviska and Jordan Blanton was fourth runner-up. There were only two king candidates this year.
The event was hosted by the 2011 king and queen, Coltin Osborne and Lindsey Hessey, both of whom reviewed the past year. They had traveled to many county fairs and other events. “The junior fair has been my life for 11 years,” said Hessey.
“I’m closing this chapter and I’m so glad to spend it with you. I love the fair and 4-H and it’s a great experience. I have learned leadership, responsibility and there is a sense of community. I would like to personally thank my parents, — for feeding my animals while I was gone,” she said, bringing laughter from the audience.
She also thanked Mr. Parrott, her AG-FFA Advisor; and Bill Hershner, her 4-H advisor. “He has touched my life.” She thanked her parents, the junior fair board and the community for their support.
Osborne said “It’s been a real blessing and a lot of work — visiting 15 fairs. We met a lot of good people. The Junior Fair board has helped me. I’ve been on there four years. I will miss it a lot. I love everything about the fair. I’ve always been involved and visited more fairs this year than ever.” He noted his mom was an advisor and, “I learned from my advisor.” He also recognized his sister also involved with the fair and thanked everyone who had been instrumental in his life.
A new innovation was introduced to the program this year when each queen candidate was asked to name their favorite part of the fair and also suggest an animal that could be exhibited at the fair. The latter ranged from a monkey show, flamingoes, tigers, camels and giraffe.
The new queen was attired in a teal, floor length strapless gown with a fitted bodice decorated with sequins. She carried the traditional red roses. “This is a great honor,” said the breathless queen. “I want to thank all the advisors and the junior fair board members, the FFA chapter, my parents and grandparents for their support.” This was the first year she had entered the queen contest.
King Hack said this was his second try for the honor. “It’s pretty awesome,” he said. He thanked his 4-H club, the Mount Gilead FFA, his parents and others who had supported him.
Bush is the daughter of Anthony and Teresa Bush and Jodi Moss. Hack is the son of Tim and Patty Hack.
Prior to the king and queen announcement, all of the fair’s commodity queens were introduced. Also introducing themselves were the queens, king, princesses and other royalty from county fairs around Ohio who had earlier attended the annual Royalty dinner. It was held in the Youth Building. The entree was provided by the Morrow County Pork Producers. The dessert was furnished by the Hesseys and the topping was furnished by the Morrow County Dairy Association. The 55 people attending were hosted by the Hesseys and the Osbornes, parents of the 2011 king and queen.
Introduced were Suzanne Hawk, from the office of U S Senator Rob Portman and Jeff Heinrich regional representative from the office of Josh Mandel, state treasurer.
Sponsoring the King and Queen presentation were Keith’s Flower Shop, Mary K’s Flowers, the Hickson family; Consolidated Electric Coop, Inc., David Adkins, the Morrow County Republican Party, Mary Jo and Jerry Sellars, Sara Jo Erb, Delmar and Kathy Eichorn, Evelyn Long, Talk of the Towne Beauty Salon, Brad and Kim Hessey, Tracy and Missy Kidwell family and the Maple Run Veterinary Clinic.