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Achieving all goals

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Hannah Van Horn cuddles her rabbit prior to showing the animal at the 2009 Clay County 4-H Fair Rabbit Show Sunday. In her 10th year of 4-H, Hannah captured the 4-H Queen crown. [Order this photo]
* Van Horn caps off year with queen crown

Since 2004, Hannah Van Horn has dreamed of becoming queen of the Clay County 4-H Fair.

That year, she earned the princess title.

After three years of competing in the contest, Van Horn's dream finally came true this year as she was selected among six contestants.

In fact, Van Horn said she had two goals coming into her final year at Northview High School.

A member of the Northview Marching Knights, the 2009 NHS grad wanted the band to win a state championship.

The Knights captured the state title this year.

Van Horn's second goal was to be fair queen, which came true as well.

"It's awesome," Van Horn said. "I couldn't imagine having a better 10th year in 4-H."

The 18-year-old is in her final year of 4-H. She is a member of the Jackson Farmhands.

Dianna Knox, who oversees the Jackson Farmhands, also served as Clay County 4-H Pageant Coordinator this year.

"As a pageant coordinator, you develop a fondness for all the girls," Knox said. "You want them all to do well."

Knox added it was a pleasure to see Van Horn win the title this year after she has been Hannah's 4-H Leader for 10 years.

"It's special," Knox said. "It is special because I've watcher her grow up.

"She was the princes and she always wanted to be queen. She just loves it here."

Van Horn is in store for quite a busy week.

In addition to her duties as queen, where she will spend lots of time going from one barn to the next, as well as helping with several shows, she also shows rabbits and sheep and has several projects in the exhibit hall.

She said her family is helping her out throughout the week, especially her mother, who has helping with quick changes.

"My mom helps me with my animals and projects," Hannah said. "She has my clothes ready when I need to go to events.

"It's already been busier. There are a lot more events I have to go to. But it's an honor."


All results from the 2009 Clay County 4-H Fair will appear in daily issues of The Brazil Times this week.

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