It was a sultry evening with rain clouds threatening above, people were sitting in the grandstands patiently waiting for the events to unfold. It was another Pike County, Ohio Fair, and children and advisors from 4-H clubs were lining up for their annual parade up the track in the grandstand area.
Krista Hayslip, 4-H Educator in Pike County was in the process of organizing the event.
“This is the Junior Fair parade which means that we could have FFA clubs, also our 4-H alumni as well a Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. They are all welcome to join us,” Hayslip said. “On the 4-H side of it we have about 850 members that are participating and close to 150 advisors.”
After the parade, several scholarships were awarded and it was obvious why there were five beautiful girls sitting on the stage through it all. The evening was climaxed by the Pike County Junior Fair Royalty Contest.
All of the girls lined up on the stage and the announcement began. Samantha Bennett was court, Second runner-up was Jordyn Haggy, First runner-up was Kennedy Cooper, and the moment everyone had been waiting for – The 2016 Pike County Junior Fair Queen is Hannah Lamerson. Lamerson was crowned by the reigning queen Mallory Williams.
The moment was magic and cameras flashed from one end of the grandstand to the other while some people poured onto the track to get a closeup. The girls hugged the queen and smiles were the order of the evening.
But it was not over. It wasn’t long before a tractor pull became the interest of the attendees. It was just one more day at the Pike County Fair.
2016 Pike County Junior Fair Royalty Queen Hannah Lamerson, seconds after being crowned.
4-H youngsters and their advisors at the Pike County Junior Fair parade.