Seven girls and two boys will vie for the titles of Highland County Fair queen and king, respectively, when the 57th annual contest is held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2 in the Multi-Purpose Buildings on the Highland County Fairgrounds.
The winners preside over activities during fair week then will represent the county at other fairs around the state, including the state fair. The queen will also participate in the Ohio Junior Fair Queen Contest in January. The king and queen each receive a sash, a silver tray from Merchants National Bank and the honor of representing their county. The queen also receives a crown.
The seven girls are more than the contest has had in recent years.
“Part of it is the luck of the draw, but I also reached out to the ag teachers in the county to try to get some of those kids involved and asked last year’s king and queen to kind of relay how much fun it all is to some of the other kids,” said Kristen Satterfield, the contest superintendent and 2006 Highland County Fair queen.
Following is a brief bio on each of this year’s queen contestants:
Blake Adams – She is the daughter of Craig and Kim Adams of Leesburg. She attends Fairfield High School and is representing the Fab Five 4-H Club. She has earned her state FFA degree and is active in her 4-H club, holding the office of president. Her hobbies include baking, weightlifting, and reading.
Brianna Burleson – She is the daughter of Jeff and Rebecca Burleson of Leesburg. She attends Fairfield High School and is representing the Fairfield FFA Chapter. She is active in her FFA chapter and placed fifth overall in her age division at the Ohio State Fair Poultry Skillathon. Her hobbies include fishing, working with animals, and 4-H/FFA.
MacKenzie Creek – She is the daughter of Lonnie and Michelle Harper of Hillsboro. She attends Hillsboro High School and is representing the Belfast Kids Unlimited 4-H Club. She has won various awards in the rabbit barn at the fair, including placing second overall in showmanship. Her hobbies include singing, helping in the rabbit barn, and spending time with friends and family.
Elizabeth Edwards – She is the daughter of Michael and June Lindamood of Hillsboro. She attends Whiteoak High School and is representing the Mowrystown FFA Chapter. She is the secretary of her FFA chapter and is involved in both her 4-H club and student council. Her hobbies include reading, being around animals, and working on a dairy farm.
Serena Hammond – She is the daughter of Troy and Heather Hammond of Hillsboro. She attends Hillsboro High School and Southern State Community College. She is representing the Hillsboro FFA Chapter. She is involved in her church and student council. Her hobbies include cheerleading, gymnastics and showing pigs.
Brianna Purvis – She is the daughter of Keith and Debbie Heaton of Winchester. She attends Whiteoak High School and is representing the Concord Jr. Farmers 4-H Club. She is active in the Mowrystown FFA Chapter, where she was on the state winning dairy judging team. Her hobbies include art and design, showing cattle, and horseback riding.
Brittany Rhoads – She is the daughter of Eric and Kathy Rhoads of Hillsboro. She attends Hillsboro High School and is representing the Highland County Junior Leaders Club. She is active in the Hillsboro FFA Chapter, where she was on the national third place poultry judging team. Her hobbies include swimming, camping, and working with animals.
Following is a bio on each of this year’s king contestants:
Jeffery Wayne Mann – He is the son of Wayne and Darlene Mann of New Vienna. He attends Lynchburg-Clay High School and is representing the Premier Showmen 4-H Club. He won reserve grand champion with his poultry project in 2016. He is part of the National Honor Society and student council. His hobbies include showing in 4-H and taking pictures.
Cole Austin Newsome – He is the son of Terry and Tammy Newsome of Hillsboro. He attends Hillsboro High School and is representing the Highland County Junior Leaders Club. He is active in Boy Scouts, where is a senior patrol leader, and is a member of the Highland County 4-H Committee. His hobbies include reading, robotics, and music.
The 2017 Highland County Fair runs from Sept. 2-9 in Hillsboro. The fair theme this year is Proud of our Past, Poised for the Future.
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