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Five girls are candidates for the 2014 Morrow County Junior Fair Queen while one boy is the king candidate.

The annual crowning of the king and queen will take place Tuesday, August 26, at 6:30 pm in the Youth Building.

Queen candidates are Samantha Bennett, Taylor Clark, Ellie Logan, Megan Oder, and Alisha Pletcher.

Derek Barker is the king candidate.

Samantha, a senior at Cardington-Lincoln High School, is the daughter of Jerry and Lois Bennett. She represents the Shaw Creek Farmers 4-H Club and the Cardington FFA. Samantha belongs to the National Honor

Society and her church’s Luther League. She runs Cross Country and track at her school.

“Junior Fair is important to me because I have grown up doing it,” said Samantha. “Fair is a part of my life. I helped my siblings with their projects and then finally got to take my own. Junior Fair has helped shape me into the person I am today.”

Taylor, a senior at Mount Gilead High School, is the daughter of Charlie and Barb Clark. She represents the Farmers and Charmers 4-H Club and Girl Scout Troop 2921. Her activities include running Cross Country, Track, the swim team and Girl Scouts. She is also active with her Youth Group.

“Junior Fair is important to me because it has really helped me grow as a person and as a showman. The Junior Fair still continues to touch and help all of the kids of Morrow County by giving them responsibility and the ability to grow.”

Ellie, daughter of Rob and Julie Logan, is a senior at Northmor Local High School and is representing Country Crossroads 4-H Club and Northmor FFA. She belongs to the Junior Fair board, her church youth group and PALS.

“Junior Fair is important to me because it has helped shape me as a young lady by being involved in the fair I have learned responsibility, accountability and leadership.”

Megan is the daughter of Joe and Vickie Oder and is representing the Highland FFA and Farmers and Charmers 4-H Club. She is a senior at Highland High School. She belongs to the Highland FFA, National Honor Society, student council, and plays varsity volleyball and varsity softball.

“Junior Fair is important to me because it gives people a chance to really experience agriculture and come together as a community.”

Alisha, daughter of Ben and Tammy Pletcher, is a senior at Northmor High School. She represents the Northmor FFA and Friendly Farmers 4-H Club. She is active with the Praise Band, her church, the Chess Club, the Science

Club, and the Show Choir. She participates in track and field, powerlifting and plays volley ball.

“Junior Fair is important to me because I believe that it is a great responsibility to take under your belt. I always love trying new things and I think Junior Fair is an honor to be a part of”

King candidate Derek is the son of Dan and Becky Barker and is a senior at Mount Gilead High School. He is representing the Mount Gilead FFA and the Happy Hemstitchers and Haymakers 4-H Club.

He is active with Team Purebred, the National Swine Registry, Morrow County Pork Producers, the Junior Fair Board and the Junior Leaders. He runs track at his school.

“Junior Fair is important to me because I love to talk and get to know people that live in the county and come to our county fair”

Crowning the new king and queen will be the 2013 king and queen, McKenzie Smith and Andrew Jackson, who will emcee the program.

Preceding the crowning ceremony will be the annual All-Ohio Royalty dinner served at 5 pm in the Youth Building. This is being sponsored by the Morrow County Dairy Producers, the Morrow County Pork Producers, the Cattlemen’s Association and the parents of the king and queen.

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