By Kristin Rover
Clermont County Junior Fair Royalty members were crowned on the opening day of the fair July 21.
The 2013 royalty members include King Joe Gacek, Queen Carley Snider, Princess Kaitlyn Taylor, Prince Louie Novak, Beef Queen Kelsey Taylor, Pork Industry Queen Sydney Snider, Caprine Representative Cheyenne Trammell, Equine Representative Bailey Schultz, General Projects Representative Gloria Martin, Small Animal Representative Emma Uible, and Sheep Representative Alexis Faubion.
“I am really excited,” Carley Snider, of Felicity, said about being crowned fair queen. “I am most looking forward to working all of the different shows.”
Joe Gacek, of Fayetteville, joked that it was a relief to be crowned king.
Gacek was the only candidate for king this year, however he still had to meet a variety of requirements to hold the position.
“I’m feeling pretty excited,” Gacek said about serving as king for the 2013 fair.
Candidates for royalty court included a slew of 4-H members from throughout the county all hoping to represent their clubs by earning one of the royalty positions.
During the royalty ceremony, the winners of the fair princess and prince contests, as well as the representatives for the species and other fair projects were announced.
Candidates interviewed with judges prior to the ceremony.
King and queen candidates also interviewed prior to the ceremony, however they answered their final question during the ceremony.
This year candidates were asked to describe a time when they did not win and explain what they learned from falling short.
Emily Apgar, Adrian Klute, Carley Snider, Joe Gacek and Courtney Megie, the candidates for king and queen, answered the question in front of a panel of judges and a crowd of people.
Klute said she has spent eight years at the Clermont County Fair and didn’t win a competition until a couple years ago.
“You realize with the support of your club and people around you that winning isn’t everything,” Klute said.
She said she took other things from her experience competing even though she didn’t win.
Gacek said he has worked very hard getting his pigs ready and showing them and has fallen short of winning.
“I realized I didn’t lose, I am learning and I am learning to become a better showman,” Gacek said.
Snider also said she has fallen short of winning several times, including when she did not receive an FFA position she ran for. She said she gained experience and learned what her strengths and weaknesses are through falling short of winning.
Once all of the candidates answered the question, judges tallied up the final scores and the new king and queen were announced.
Gacek and Snider will serve as king and queen during the fair this year. Each received a $500 scholarship from Clermont County 4-H Endowment Fund in memory of Kathy Retzler.
Outgoing Clermont County Fair King and Queen Cody Schott and Sophia Enriquez also gave their farewell speech during the royalty ceremony.
Both discussed how 4-H and their experiences as king and queen have impacted them.
“4-H has made me a better person,” Enriquez said. “We don’t always realize the impact it has on us as people.”
Enriquez encouraged other 4-H members to work hard while they are involved in 4-H and to live by the 4-H motto ‘to make the best better.’
“Whatever you do, do it with dignity, pride and conviction,” Enriquez said.
Schott said he feels blessed to represent the fair and stand on stage one more time.
He said he enjoyed representing Clermont County and was able to gain a variety of experiences along the way, including visiting several other county fairs.