Holter crowned 2017 Fair Queen


ROCKSPRINGS — Michaela Holter was crowned the 2017 Meigs County Fair Queen during Sunday evening’s opening ceremony for the 154th Meigs County Fair.

Holter was crowned by 2016 Meigs County Fair Queen Ashley Buchanan. Katelin Ferguson was named the Queen 1st Runner Up.

“It’s crazy. I didn’t think I would get it,” said Holter after the crowning. “I am honored and glad to represent Meigs County.”

Holter is the daughter of Michael and Bobbie Holter of Racine. She is a member of Racine-Southern FFA for four years, is the president of her FFA chapter and is an active member of the Junior Fair Board. Michaela is also a member of Community of Christ Church. Her hobbies include working at her family’s farm and their produce stand. Her projects this year are market hogs and wood working projects.

Rachel Jackson was crowned the 2017 Livestock Princess, while Cooper Schagel was named the 2017 Livestock Prince.

The four newly crowned royals will take part in numerous events and shows during the Meigs County Fair, as well as continuing to represent the county and the fair throughout the year.

In her farewell speech as queen, Buchanan said that three years ago she first decided to run as fair queen, inspired by Sarah Lawrence who was the most recent fair queen at the time.

As what she called an “unlikely candidate,” Buchanan made the decision to run anyway, knowing she would not place her first year. Her second year running, she was selected as the first runner up which made her want to run again and compete for the crown.

Buchanan thanked Home National Bank, the royalty advisors, Junior and Senior Fair Board, her family, including aunt, uncle and parents, and her court for the past year.

“If you are thinking of running, just go for it,” said Buchanan to any Junior Fair participants considering running for fair royalty.

“I hope I’ve made my county proud,” concluded Buchanan.

In addition to the crowning of the royalty, the opening ceremony included the Junior Fair Parade and several presentations.

Juli Stephens, who represents Congressman Bill Johnson, read a letter from the congressman to the fair board. Lt. Governor May Taylor also sent a proclamation to the fair board.

Emcee Tony Hawk recognized members of the Junior and Senior Fair Boards for their work on the fair.

The late Alva Clark was recognized for his contributions to the fair and the county as a whole, with his children accepting a plaque from Senior Fair Board President Wes Karr.

Ohio Valley Bank 4-H Scholarships, which are $750 for four years, were presented by local branch manager Dan Short. The 2017 recipient is Laura Pullins. Also recognized and receiving their next scholarship installments were Ashley Buchanan (2016), Gage Smith (2015) and Sarah Lawrence (2014).

Michelle Stumbo, Meigs County Extension 4-H Educator, recognized Ohio Valley Bank for their recognition earlier this year as the Ohio Friend of 4-H award recipient.

Additional 4-H scholarships were presented as follows: the Rachel Downie scholarship, Katelyn Barber; 4-H Scholarships, Allison Hatfield and Taylor Parker; Junior Fair scholarship, Laura Pullins.

Home National Bank presented a $500 scholarship to Fair Queen Michaela Holter.

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The 2017 Meigs County Fair Royalty (from left) Livestock Princess Rachel Jackson, Livestock Prince Cooper Schagel, Queen Michaela Holter and Queen 1st Runner Up Katelin Ferguson.
http://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/08/web1_8.15-Royals-1.jpgThe 2017 Meigs County Fair Royalty (from left) Livestock Princess Rachel Jackson, Livestock Prince Cooper Schagel, Queen Michaela Holter and Queen 1st Runner Up Katelin Ferguson.

2016 Queen Ashley Buchanan crowns 2017 Queen Michaela Holter.
http://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/08/web1_8.15-Royals-2.jpg2016 Queen Ashley Buchanan crowns 2017 Queen Michaela Holter.

By Sarah Hawley

shawley@aimmediamidwest.com

Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.