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They're going to get real tired, real fast

Monday, July 16, 2007

They both sat patient, waiting for conclusion Sunday.

They watched -- and in the case of one, for the first time -- as competitors pranced their dogs one-by-one into the arena, hoping to come away victorious.

Then, as the evening drew to an end, they stepped up and helped hand out trophies and ribbons, as they are supposed to.

Rebecca Seymour and Caroline Beyers -- the 2007 Clay County 4-H queen and princess respectively, should get used to it. They're both in for a long two weeks.

But both are familiar with what goes on during 4-H time.

Seymour, a 19-year-old 2007 Clay City High School graduate, is a 10-year 4-H member.

She has showed goats in the fair for six consecutive years and previously showed rabbits and pigs.

This was the first year the Cory resident competed in the queen pageant.

"My mom wanted me to do it," Seymour said Sunday at the Clay County 4-H Fair Dog Show. "I fought it and fought it but decided to give it a try.

"I've enjoyed it."

Spoken like a true queen, even though she had only been on the job for less than 24 hours.

Seymour said she plans to attend Purdue University in the fall to study pre-pharmacy.

She was the 2007 Clay City salutatorian.

But she is well aware of the challenges that lie ahead with the Clay County Fair.

"I'll be tired, but it will be a lot of fun," she said.

Beyers is also familiar with what happens during fair week.

She was even perhaps a little more prepared for the princess contest than Seymour may have been for the queen competition.

Beyers -- a 15-year-old soon-to-be freshman at Clay City -- competed in the princess contest last year.

In addition, her older sister, Elizabeth, was the Clay County 4-H Fair queen in 2005, giving her a slight edge when it comes to possibly knowing what the judges want.

As the dog show unfolded Sunday, some staff could be heard talking about the smile that seemed permanently etched into Beyers' face.

In fact, some said Beyers hadn't stopped smiling since she was named 2007 4-H princess.

On Sunday, Beyers admitted she had a little trouble getting to sleep Saturday evening after the contest, but she was well prepared for the dog show Sunday.

"It's been a long day," Beyers said.

This is Beyers' sixth year participating in 4-H. She currently shows cows and competes in the exhibit hall as well. She previously showed pigs.

Beyers said she wanted to compete for 4-H princess again this year because all of her friends were as well.

And she got some advice from her big sister.

"My sister talked me into it," Caroline said. "I was sort of nervous about it."

Sunday was only the beginning for Seymour and Beyers.

There are several other shows both will have to attend.

But if Sunday was any indication, Clay County has every reason to be proud of its queen and princess.

They both helped out during the dog show Sunday.

As the judge asked handlers to prance their dogs around the arena, Seymour and Beyers sat patiently off to the side.

But when the judge needed them, they were both out of their seats and ready to help out.

Both played a big role in helping the dog show move forward, as they stood still in the middle of the arena while dogs made a figure-8 trip around them.

Then, when that handler was finished with the drill, both Seymour and Beyers headed back to the sideline, ready for their next trip to the arena.

Both are going to be "on-call" for the next 12 days.

When they aren't showing their own animals, they will be at all the contests that come with 4-H, waiting for conclusions before heading into the arenas to help 4-H'ers hold trophies, ribbons or banners.

Those smiles will be etched.

But no one could blame either one of them if they get a little tired, right?