A total of seven contestants will vie for the titles of 2015 Highland County Junior Fair queen and king when the contests are held Saturday.
The contests starts at 1 p.m. in the Multipurpose Building on the Highland County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro. It will mark the 56th time a queen has been crowned at the fair, but the first time for a king.
Both sets of candidates – four girls and three boys, all 15 to 19 years old – will be judged on poise and conduct, their application and achievements, a personal interview with the judges, and an oral presentation.
This year’s queen candidates are Emily Burwinkel, Caitlin Frazer, Jacquelyn Marietta and Quinn Walker. Following is a brief bio on each one:
• Burwinkel – Emily is the daughter of Philip and Katie Burwinkel of Hillsboro. She attends Hillsboro High School and is representing the Highland County Junior Leadership Club. She is active in her school, junior fairboard and 4-H club. Her hobbies include working with animals and being as involved in things as she can.
• Frazer – Caitlin is the daughter of Bruce and Susie Frazer of Hillsboro. She attends Whiteoak High School and is representing the Fur, Feathers N’ Friends 4-H Club. She has earned her State FFE Degree along with many other awards with her school and FFA chapter. Her hobbies include cheerleading, dancing and fishing.
Marietta – Jacqueline is the daughter of Roger and Rebecca Hottinger of Hillsboro. She attends Hillsboro High School and is representing the Barnyard Bunch 4-H Club. She is active in her 4-H chapter and has won many awards along with representing the chapter at various events. Her hobbies include showing rabbits and goats, archery and knitting.
• Walker – Quinn is the daughter of Robin and Kim Walker of Hillsboro. She attends Lynchburg-Clay High School and Southern State Community College and is representing the Premier Showmen 4-H Club. Quinn has won many awards in her sewing and cooking projects along with her beef projects. She is very involved in her school and FFA chapter. Her hobbies include showing cattle, golf and bowling.
This year’s king candidates are Lane Frost, Johnny Lewis and Ryan Matthews. Following is a brief bio on each one:
• Frost – Lane is the son of Dusty and Erin Frost of Leesburg. He attends Fairfield High School and is representing the Premier Showmen 4-H Club. He is a member of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and has won many awards through both school and FFA. His hobbies are 4-H and cross country.
• Lewis – Johnny is the son of Wade and Kim Lewis of Lynchburg. He attends Lynchburg-Clay High School and is representing the Lynchburg Guys and Gals 4-H Club. He is the club’s president and is a member of the Lynchburg-Clay Marching Band. His hobbies include raising rabbits, kayaking and hiking.
Matthews – Ryan is the son of Dr. Rindy and Candy Matthews. He attends Fairfield High School and is representing the Highland County Junior Leadership Club. He has earned his State FFA Degree and is his class president in school. He is on the varsity soccer team. His hobbies include soccer, track and FFA.
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