Updated from 1:28 p.m. Saturday post.
Hillsboro High School senior Kaylee Achor has been involved in queen pageants almost since she can remember. But she said she’s never had a feeling like the one she experienced Saturday when she was crowned 2014 Highland County Junior Fair Queen.
“Winning this overrides anything I could possibly imagine,” Achor said just after she was crowned by outgoing queen Tara Karnes. “Representing the 4-H organization is such an honor and I feel like because of my involvement with multiple activities I will represent 4-H very well.”
Achor said she’s participated in what was then the Wheels Of Progress Festival Queen Pageant (it’s now the Greene Countrie Towne Festival in Greenfield), the Festival of Bells Queen Pageant and last year was named Highland County Lamb & Wool Queen. She had also planned to participate in the Fall Festival of Leaves Queen Pageant in Bainbridge next month, but won’t be doing that now that she’s Highland County Fair queen.
Achor said she was pretty calm throughout Saturday’s contest until the judges departed the spectator area to select the four attendants and queen. She said that then she really got nervous when the four attendants – Courtney Cummings, Kyle Douglas, Cheyanne Miller and Natalie Stanley, in no particular order – were announced and she wasn’t among them.
“You think, ‘Did I make it? Am I on the court?’” Achor said of her reaction when the names of the attendants were being called. “You start to narrow it down and you just keep thinking, ‘Oh, it’s not me,’ or ‘I didn’t get anything at all.’ And then to hear your name called as the queen is really awesome.”
Achor said she wasn’t sure what to think when she heard her name announced.
“It was a relief. It was joy. And my face was priceless,” Achor said. “My mouth dropped open and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t really believe this is happening.’”
The daughter of Phillip and Ronna Achor of Hillsboro, the new queen said she has been exhibiting lambs at the county fair for nine years. She said she has also participated in cooking projects at the fair, is very involved in soccer and volunteers at Kamp Dovetail each summer. She was representing the Fab Five 4-H Club at the queen pageant.
Achor said that during her one-year reign as Highland County Fair queen she’s looking forward to graduating from high school and moving on to bigger and better things, but for right now will concentrate on her week at the fair.
“I’m looking forward to attending all the contests and competitions and shows,” Achor said. “I’m going to learn things I’ve never learned before, experience things I’ve never experienced before, and make friends that will last a lifetime.”