Girls must be 16 and cannot have had their 21st birthday by Aug. 20. I strongly urge any young woman to consider the possibilities of becoming the next fair queen. I have personally cherished the time that I have been queen and during that time I have learned to appreciate how much love, effort, determination, and long nights it takes to put together a project or to raise an animal. Until my reign I was never fully aware of what all goes into participating in the county and state fair.
Being queen is an honor that not only last year, but also lasts throughout your life and is a very high distinction. One of my favorite parts of the experience was being in parades and people already knowing who you are and a little something about you.
Another great attribute was the 4-H community was very helpful and warm. There was always a smile looking back at me when I needed something or had a question.
Another fantastic part about being crowned is that you are on television in the newspaper!
In addition, the reigning fair queen competes on the state level against 91 other young women. The county competition takes place July 17 and the state during a weekend in August. Both are an absolute blast. I hope that every young woman will consider running and possibly becoming the 2004 Fair Queen. If interested contact Elaine Clarke at 446-6203 or firstname.lastname@example.org The title is only the beginning.