The Scioto County Junior Fair Royalty Contest was held at the Southern Ohio Medical Center Friends Center earlier this week, where the field of eight contestants was narrowed to five.
The top five contestants are Shyanne Zoellner, Melanie Fuhrmann, Kaitlyn Maddox, Kelsey Shope and Jordan Hileman. Other contestants included, Bre Gahm, Mikaylah Belford and Rachael Slone.
Contestants were judged in activities, achievements, on stage presence and interview skills. At the end of the contest, a panel of out-of-county judges chose the queen and first runner-up.
Mary Evans, with the Scioto County Junior Fair Queen Committee, said once the queen and first runner-up were chosen, it was sealed in an envelope and will not be opened until the Monday, Aug. 8, crowning event at 8 p.m. during the Scioto County Fair.
“We had a good bunch of girls and we will have a good group of girls to work with,” Evans said.
Evans said 2015 Scioto County Fair Queen Kathaleen Kuhn and several other past queens and contestants participate in the contest. Other 2015 Scioto County Junior Fair Queen Court Members include Chelsea Rice, Audri Graf, Charli McClay and Rachael Slone.
Evans said the top five contestants will work pre-fair activities and at the fair they will work all of the shows and take part in Cloverbud interviews along a variety of other activities.
“They are very busy during the fair time, they really work hard,” Evans said. “The work does not stop after the fair is over, she (Fair Queen) work’s right up until she turns over her crown.”
The 2016 Scioto County Fair will be held Aug. 8-13.
The entertainment for this years event includes Free Style Motocross on Monday, Aug. 8.
On Tuesday Aug. 9 William Michael Morgan & Mo Pitney will take the main stage.
Rolling Stone Magazine named William Michael Morgan one of ten new country music artists you need to know. In information about the performer Rolling Stone said, “he (Morgan) was raised in isolation on a steady diet of Keith Whitley and George Strait.”
On Wednesday Aug. 10 the group Diamond Rio will take the stage.
According to www.diamondrio.com, “When they debuted in 1991 with the hit ‘Meet in the Middle,’ Diamond Rio became the first group in the history of country music to have a debut single reach No. 1. They continued to place 32 more singles on the Billboard chart, including ‘How Your Love Makes Me Feel,’ ‘Norma Jean Riley,’ ‘Beautiful Mess,’ ‘Love a Little Stronger,’ and ‘One More Day.’”
On Thursday Aug. 11 The Circus Continental will take to the main stage of the fair.
On Friday Aug. 12 Joe Diffie will take to the main stage of the fair.
According to joediffie.com, “Joe Diffie is a Grammy and ACM award-winner. He is a member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for over 20 years.”
To finish out the week of entertainment on Saturday Aug. 13 the Demolition Derby will take place at the fair.
For more information about the upcoming up Scioto County Fair visit them on Facebook or visit www.sciotocountyfair.org.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT