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2010 Queen enjoys being a role model

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Caroline Beyers waits her turn during a card game with fellow 4-H members. [Order this photo]
In 2007, Caroline Beyers caught a glimpse of what her older sister had achieved.

That year, the 18-year-old senior-to-be at Clay City High School was named the Clay County 4-H Princess.

Her sister, Elizabeth, had been queen in 2005.

"I always looked up to her," Caroline said. "It showed me how much 4-H meant to her.

"It's what made me want to (take part) in the pageant. I saw how much fun she had."

After witnessing her sister's triumph, Caroline was determined to achieve the same.

But after winning the Princess crown in 2007, Caroline elected to take some time away from pageantry

"I wanted to be older," she said.

This year, she decided to enter the ring again.

"I always thought it was a good experience for young girls," Caroline said.

She entered the contest this year with 15 other young women.

And when her name was called as the 2010 Clay County 4-H Queen, Caroline wasn't sure what she felt.

"I really didn't believe it," she said. "I know everybody says that, but I didn't know how to react."

Caroline has been active in 4-H for years.

In the past, she has shown cattle and also takes part in numerous exhibit hall projects.

This year, she chose to focus on exhibit hall projects only.

"I'm always doing something," Caroline said. "But I couldn't show cattle this year."

Being princess a few years ago has helped Caroline with the transition of just being a regular 4-H'r this week to representing the entire fair.

"I kind of know what to expect," she said.

Still, Caroline admitted she misses just being a regular 4-H'r.

"I enjoy doing this," she said, "but I actually miss the whole 4-H aspect and taking in the fair."

Since winning the contest, part of Caroline's duties have been to come to the fair and take part in many of the animal shows that take place in the arena.

Because of this, she hasn't had much of an opportunity to see her own projects and how she did.

"I've been able to glance at them," she said.

Caroline will represent Clay County in the 2010 Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant, which will take place Sunday, Aug. 22, at noon. She will compete against other young women across the state for the crown.

"I wanted to represent everybody," Caroline said, before reflecting on what her sister had achieved five years ago. "I wanted to live up to what she did."

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Clay County is honored to have such a sharp young lady representing us at the Indiana State Pageant in August. We are very proud of you Caroline.

-- Posted by Claycountian on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 9:48 PM

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