XENIA — Glitter, lace — and a bright green tuxedo — graced the Assembly Hall stage July 30 as judges determined the 2017 Greene County Fair royalty.
Twelve candidates vied for the prince, princess, king and queen titles. Ultimately Kaden Cline, of Jamestown, took the prince title; Madison Travis, of Jamestown, earned the princess title; Bradley Eakle, of Jamestown, was determined to serve as king; and Allison Rapp, of Xenia, was crowned queen. Ashley Howard, of Xenia, received the queen runner-up title.
“I’m really excited to represent Greene County,” Rapp said enthusiastically as the crown was initially put atop her head.
One at a time, the hopeful royalty was brought onto the stage, asked a question, told to take a catwalk down the stage then asked a second question. Prince and princess candidates were asked what contest they would add to the Greene County Fair and why, while king and queen candidates were asked to describe a time within the last week that they were able to make an impact on the life of another.
All candidates were asked what they would name a 4-H club if they were tasks with naming one after themselves. None of them knew the questions until they were brought to the stage.
“I would call my club the ‘Go-Getters’ because that’s me — I like to get in there, get my hands dirty and get things done the right way,” Rapp said without hesitating.
Cline, the only prince candidate, highlighted that he would add a pie eating contest. He later expressed confidence in receiving the title. All but one of the princess candidates, which included Payton Hunt, of Xenia; Ally Miller, of Beavercreek; and Gracie Obserschlake, of Xenia, said they would add a public speaking contest to the Greene County Fair, mostly crediting that 4-H highlights public speaking as a good skill to have. Travis answered that she would add a “mutton busting” contest, pointing out that it would be funny to watch children participate in such a competition.
Eakle, the single king candidate, sported a “4-H green” suit for the competition, instantly drawing laughter and clapping from the crowd upon his stepping onto the stage. He advises future royalty candidates to get as involved as possible.
“I would call my 4-H club ‘Family Roots’ because my sister and I are in the same club and that’s how we got started,” Eakle answered during the competition.
Queen candidates included Grace Norman, of Jamestown; Amanda Perkins, of Springfield; Madison Saunders, of Jamestown; and Chynna Spitler, of Fairborn. As the judges tallied the score, former Greene County royalty was called upon the stage to highlight how 4-H impacted their lives, including one individual who was named the 1966 fair queen as well as some who continued their service to the fair long after handing over their crown and sash, such as Gail Mueller and Jeff Barr.
Cline, Travis, Eakle and Rapp will spend the following year representing Greene County at neighboring fairs.
Contact Whitney Vickers at 937-502-4532. To follow her on Twitter, search for @FDHWhitney.