According to both Gottsche and Simmons, the pageants are a "great experience and isn't just about winning a title. It is just about being you and having a great time.
"Every girl loves being able to dress up and feel pretty by being themselves and the fair pageants are a fun way of doing that. You get to meet new girls and make some friends. Through the experience, you can learn interviewing skills, build your confidence and have fun."
According to Gottsche, the fun doesn't stop with the pageant experience.
"The year is filled with so many great opportunities," she said. "Taylor and I enjoyed waking up every morning to go and watch fair contestants show their animals or projects. We loved seeing the big smiles on their faces when they won a trophy or received a ribbon. From taking part in survivor night and getting dirty to getting interviewed for the paper and feeling like a true queen and princess, this has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience for both of us and we wouldn't change a thing.
"We want to encourage all the young women of Clay County to take advantage of this experience."
The 2012 Clay County Fair Queen and Princess Pageants will take place Saturday, June 30, at 7 p.m., at North Clay Middle School.
To be eligible for the Princess Pageant, young women must be between the ages of 12-15.
To be eligible for the Queen Pageant, young women must be between the ages of 16-21, but may not have had their 21st birthday by Aug. 21, 2012.
All applicants are required to submit an application, personal photo, entry fee of $25 and sponsor's name by Friday, June 1.
Applications may be accessed at www.ag.purdue/counties/clay.
Applications may be dropped off at the Clay County Extension Office on State Road 59 or mailed to the Clay County 4-H Council, Attn: Dianna Knox, PO Box 702, Brazil, Ind., 47834.