Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

July 14, 2008

Fair queen to be crowned Wednesday

Kathy Linton

DANVILLE — The Hendricks County 4-H Fair runs from July 19-26, but activities start with the crowning of the 4-H fair queen and the selection of the Little Mr. and Miss on July 16. The pageant will be in the air-conditioned auditorium of the Hendricks County Fairgrounds and Community Complex in Danville.

Other pre-fair activities include the 4-H Fashion Review at 7:30 p.m. July 17, also in the auditorium.

A full slate of contestants is vying for this year’s 4-H queen title. Indiana State Fair Queen Kristen Schmitt from Gibson County will be a special guest at the event.

Contestants in the queen contest include:

Megan Allen, 18, of Danville, is a freshman at Regency Beauty Academy. She is the daughter of Kelly and Randy Allen.

Allen is a member of the Country Clovers 4-H Club and has been involved in swine, sheep, gift wrapping, and cake decorating throughout her 4-H career.

She is also a member of FFA and the Hendricks County Pork Producers.

“I think that fair queen is an experience that all girls should try,” Allen said. “It would be awesome to represent kids my age and younger in the state.”

Meagan Barrows, 17, of Danville, is the daughter of Allison Barrows and Brian Barrows. She is a senior at Danville Community High School.

Barrows is a member of the Happy Farmers 4-H Club where she is active in beef, dairy, and scrapbooking.

Outside of 4-H she is involved in student council and Rotary.

“I want to be fair queen because I want to walk around the fair and be a role model for the kids in 4-H,” she said.

Kaneya Cline, 18, of Coatesville, is a graduate of Cascade High School who attends Ivy Tech. She is the daughter of Dawn Cline.

She is a member of Working Wonders 4-H Club where she participates in swine and gift wrapping.

Cline is also a member of the Coatesville Volunteer Fire Department, SADD, and cadet teaching.

As this is her final year in 4-H, she said she would like to be crowned queen so she could serve as a role model to others and show her leadership skills.

Jennifer Cox, 18, of Coatesville, is a graduate of Cascade High School who is attending the University of Kentucky. She is the daughter of Larry and Holly Cox.

Cox is a member of Working Wonders 4-H Club and has been involved in beef, swine, junior leaders, sewing, recycling, archery, flowers, and crops.

In addition, she has served on the State Junior Leader Council and has been involved in FFA, SADD, student council, Ambassadors, and POY.

She said she wants to be named queen to serve as a role model for younger children, represent what 4-H and the fair stand for, and to have a good time with a great group of girls that have become lifelong friends.

Hannah Crist, 16, of Brownsburg, is the daughter of Barry ad Kim Crist. She is a junior at Brownsburg High School.

Crist is a member of the Bulldog Clovers 4-H Club and has participated in photography, fine arts, and food preparation.

Outside of 4-H she is active in Key Club and band, and volunteers with Habitat for Humanity.

“I want to be the fair queen because she is a great role model for the younger kids and it’s just an amazing thing to be recognized as,” she said.

Nikki Cullison, 18, Danville, is the daughter of Steve and Rhonda Cullison. She is a senior at Danville Community High School.

She is a member of the Happy Farmers 4-H Club and has participated in gift wrapping, fine arts, consumer clothing, photography, and swine.

Cullison is a pole vaulter on her school’s track and field team and is also on the DCHS girls’ golf team. She is a member of student council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, and Rotary Club.

“It would be an incredible opportunity to be a positive role model for the youth of this community,” Cullison said. “It would be a true honor.”

Kati Detty, 18, Danville, is a freshman at Indiana University. She is the daughter of Brian and Kelli Detty.

She is a member of Gifted 4-Hers 4-H Club and shows swine.

Detty also is on the IU Redstepper dance team.

“I believe that I am a good role model for the community and want to take every opportunity to show that quality,” she said.

Rachel Douglass, 16, of Pittsboro, is a junior at Tri-West High School. She is the daughter of Darrin and Angela Douglass.

Douglass is a member of the Pittsboro Trailblazers 4-H Club where she participates in basic crafts, sewing, and sheep.

She is a varsity cheerleader at TWHS and participates on the competition cheerleading squad.

“I would like to be fair queen because I want to promote 4-H and get more people to join and help out,” she said. “It would also be a great experience to meet new people and learn about new things.”

Ashley Griffith, 16, of North Salem is a junior at Tri-West High School. She is the daughter of Rick and Shannon Griffith.

She is a member of the Country Clovers 4-H Club and participates in dairy steers and fine arts.

Griffith is on the TWHS girls’ golf team and belongs to the Spanish Club. She is a also a member of Youth Leadership Hendricks County.

She said she would like to be queen to be a role model for younger members and to meet different people.

Kathleen Grimes, 18, of Avon, is a freshman at IUPUI. She is the daughter of Sherin and Teri Grimes.

Grimes belongs to the Discover Club 4-H Club and participates in soil and water conservation, sewing, consumer clothing, junior leaders, and 4-H Ambassadors.

Outside of 4-H she is kept busy with Plainfield Bible Church, D.C. al Fine Music Studio, Possum Glory Train Bluegrass Band, and The Grimes Girls musical group.

“Ever since I was a little girl, I have always looked up to the fair queen,” she said. “I would like to have that opportunity to be a role model to other little girls. As a 10-year 4-H member, I would love to share with my fellow 4-H members during fair week as all of their hard work is rewarded.”

Natalie Grimes, 16, of Avon, is a junior who is homeschooled. She is also the daughter of Sherin and Teri Grimes.

She is a member of the Discovery Club 4-H Club where she participates in personality, arts and crafts, electrical, and junior leaders.

Grimes is a member of 4-H Ambassadors, Plainfield Bible Church. She also plays the fiddle and guitar with The Grimes Girls.

“I want to be the 2008 Hendricks County 4-H Fair queen because I want to be able to represent Hendricks County in a way that will draw people to the fair,” she said. “I want to put to use all the skills I have learned over the years in 4-H and being the 2008 Hendricks County 4-H fair queen would be an amazing opportunity.”

Candice Haines, 16, of Avon, will be a junior at Avon High School. She is the daughter of Kurt and Diane Haines.

She is a member of Clever Clovers 4-H Club and participates in cats and health.

Haines works at Linens-n-Things and enjoys swimming and reading.

“I want to be fair queen because I love the fair and 4-H,” she said. “I think being the queen would just make them both the ultimate experience. I love to be a role model and someone to look up to.”

Kirsten Hall, 18, Brownsburg, is a freshman at Purdue University. She is the daughter of Mary and Joel Hall.

Hall is a member of the Sodbusters 4-H Club and participates in sewing, foods, photography, and needle crafts.

Outside of church, she dances, plays piano, and is a member of her church orchestra.

“I want to show younger 4-H members how hard work can lead to great things,” she said. “I would also like to show how it’s not the ‘prize’ you receive but the journey and experiences you make along the way.”

Emily Hampton, 16, of Plainfield, is a junior at Plainfield High School. She is the daughter of Kevin and Vicki Hampton.

She belongs to the Washington Winners 4-H Club and participates in sewing, cats, consumer clothing, and fashion show.

At PHS, Hampton serves as an Ambassador, plays flute in the marching band, and is on the girls’ track and field team.

“I would want to be fair queen because she is someone that kids of all ages look up to and she is also someone who is there to award her fellow students the awards that they deserve, to be encouraging and lift someone up,” Hampton said.

Marisa Mae Hampton, 18, Plainfield, is a freshman at Anderson University. She is the daughter of Kevin and Vicki Hampton.

Hampton is a member of the Washington Winners 4-H Club where she participates in sewing, consumer clothing, photography, and fashion review.

She is a member of Kingsway Christian Church.

“I believe I can be a positive influence in other people’s lives and also represent 4-H in the best possible ay,” she said.

Tracey Jo Harnishfeger, 18, of North Salem, is the daughter of John and Dixie Harnishfeger. She graduated from Tri-West High School and is a freshman at Tri-State University.

She is a member of the Happy Heelers 4-H Club and participates in dogs, shooting sports, and junior leaders.

Harnishfeger is volunteers with the Paws to Read program at the Danville Public Library.

She said she would like to be queen to serve as a role model, gain experience, and show leadership.

Fallan Jackson, 16, of Danville, is the daughter of Julie Jackson. She is a freshman at Danville Community High School.

Jackson belongs to the Bridle Bunch and Reaching Higher 4-H Clubs and is involved in horse and pony, beef, collections, vet science, sports, and child development categories.

She is a member of the DCHS volleyball team and the Valley Riders Saddle Club.

Jackson said she would like to earn the crown “so I can get to know more people and help some of the younger kids.”

Kolbi Killingback, 16, of Brownsburg, is the daughter of Don and Diane Killingback. She is a junior at Brownsburg High School.

She belongs to the Green Action Clovers 4-H Club and participates in basic crafts, photography, and foods.

At BHS, she is active with the varsity and competition cheerleading squads, track team, dance, show choir, and Key Club.

“I would like to be 4-H queen because I would like to get more people involved in 4-H and be a great role model for younger girls,” she said. “It would also be a great experience to be able to share the fair with other 4-H members and to meet new people and learn new things.”

Sydney Lightner, 16, of Pittsboro, is the daughter of Rod and Brenda Lightner. She is a junior at Tri-West High School.

Lightner is a member of the Lucky H’s 4-H Club and participates in foods, clothing, and photography.

She plays for the Dynamo FC soccer club.

“I love to be on stage and in the center of attention,” she said. “I love meeting new people and I feel I can do that by winning fair queen. It would also be great because my mom, Brenda Love, won it at 16 too.”

Miranda Martin, 17, of Danville, is the daughter of James and Karen Martin. She is a senior at Danville Community High School.

Martin is a member of Happy Farmers 4-H Club and shows dairy and beef.

At DCHS, she is active in FFA and choir.

“I want to be fair queen because I love 4-H and to be a great role model for the younger 4-Hers,” she said.

Sarah McEnulty, 17, of Coatesville, is a junior at Cascade High School. She is the daughter of Robin and Randy McEnulty.

She is a member of the Working Wonders 4-H Club and participates in goats, rabbits, poultry, vet science, and child development.

At Cascade she serves as manager for the basketball team.

McEnulty said she would like to be crowned queen to serve as a role model and to represent 4-H.

Jordan Pritchett, 18, of Danville, is the daughter of Larry and Rebecca Pritchett. She is a freshman at Indiana State University.

Pritchett is a member of the Happy Farmers 4-H Club and is in the sewing, swine, beef, and sheep projects.

She has been involved with FFA, choir, and show choir.

“I have always admired former fair queens for being such great role models and I feel it is my turn to be the younger children’s role model,” she said.

Hannah Rawlinson, 17, of Danville, is the daughter of Mike and Trina Rawlinson. She is a senior at Danville Community High School.

Rawlinson is a member of the Happy Farmers 4-H Club and participates in swine, dairy, sewing, and fashion review.

Outside of 4-H she is involved in FFA, student council, basketball, cross country, track, the Clayton Christian Church youth group, and the National Junior Swine Association.

“I have looked up to the fair queens ever since I was little,” she said. “I remember admiring them as they passed out ribbons.”

Olivia Smith, 19, of Danville, is the daughter of Cindy and Jason Smith. She is a freshman at IUPUI.

Smith belongs to the Gifted 4-Hers Club and has been active in sewing, sewing for fun, foods, cake decorating, consumer clothing, fine arts, and basic crafts.

Outside of 4-H she has participated in FFA.

“Just to be queen would be a great honor and I would love to meet all the younger 4-Hers I could,” she said. “Being 4-H fair queen would be a great experience and also provide memories that I would have with me for the rest of my life.”

Haylie Spencer, 17, of Eel River Township, is a senior at Tri-West High School. She is the daughter of Amy and Stephen Spencer.

Spencer is a member of the Country Clovers 4-H Club and participates in beef, archery, and scrapbooking.

At TWHS, she is in the marching band and the drumline.

“I would like to be fair queen because I believe that I would be able to set a good example for younger and future 4-Hers,” Spencer said.

Molly Stewart, 17, of Danville, is the daughter of Mark and Chris Stewart. She is a senior at Danville Community High School.

A member of the Happy Farmers 4-H Club, she participates in swine and consumer clothing.

At DCHS, Stewart is involved with cheerleading, basketball, track, volleyball, and Rotary Interact.

“I would like to be Hendricks County fair queen for the experience and opportunities to make life-long friends and be a role model to young 4-Hers,” she said.

Brittany Titus, 17, of Plainfield, is the daughter of Melinda Titus. She is a junior at Cascade High School.

Titus belong to the Liberty Eagles 4-H Club and participates in happy heelers, swine, junior leaders, gift wrapping, flowers, and food.

She is also active in SADD, State Junior Leader Council, student council, and youth council.

Titus said she would like to be crowned queen to be a role model for younger 4-Hers, help with fair events to make things go smoother, and represent Hendricks County at the Indiana State Fair.

Emily Toole, 18, of Coatesville, is the daughter of Mike and Lisa Toole. She is a graduate of Cascade High School and now attends Ball State University.

Toole is a member of the Working Wonders 4-H Club and is in swine, sports, arts and crafts, scrapbooking, and photography.

Outside of 4-H she has been involved in National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, cadet teaching, and HCCYM life group leader.

Toole said she would also like to be a role model for younger 4-H members and being crown county fair queen would be a good end to her 4-H career.

Mariah Truex, 16, of Pittsboro, is the daughter of Hal and Susie Truex. A junior, she is home schooled.

Truex belongs to the Pittsboro Trailblazers 4-H Club and participates in sheep, dairy, basic crafts, foods, sewing, consumer clothing, health, and photography.

She is a member of 4-H Ambassadors and Calvary United Methodist Church. She is also a graduate of Youth Leadership Hendricks County.

Truex said, “4-H is a major part of my life and to be the Hendricks County fair queen is the ultimate goal for me. I love every aspect of 4-H and hope to show everyone that my whole heart is in this organization.”

Greta Wagner, 16, Danville, is the daughter of Dan and Julie Wagner. She is a junior at Danville Community High School.

Wagner is a member of the Happy Farmers 4-H Club and is active in dairy, sheep, crops, flowers, and tractor maintenance.

She is a member of the DCHS band.

Wagner said she would like to be named queen to serve as a role model for younger 4-Hers and to make her family proud.

Kourtni Williams, 17, of Lizton, is a senior at Tri-West High School. She is the daughter of Brad and Kelly Williams.

A member of the Country Clovers 4-H Club, she participates in beef, fine arts, swine, and photography.

At TWHS, Williams is involved in cheerleading.

“It would be a whole different experience of the fair being queen,” she said. “There are many different opportunities.”

Brenda Woodings, 16, of Brownsburg, is the daughter of Jud and Mila Woodings. She is a junior at Brownsburg High School.

She is a member of the Clover Club 4-H Club and participates in photography, scrapbooking, ceramics, and collections.

At BHS, Woodings is involve in swimming, band, Interact Club, Key Club, and serves as a class officer. She was named homecoming princess her sophomore year and is a member of the Brownsburg Swim Club.

Being named fair queen would be a great honor, she said.

“I think I could represent Hendricks County well and I’d be a good role model,” she added.

Also participating in this year’s pageant but unavailable for photos are Joan Jarvis, Laura Noble, and Megan Record.

kathy.linton@flyergroup.com