SMITHFIELD - Kathryn Whinnery, Ohio Fairs' queen, was congratulated and given praise for her support of all Ohio fairs attended to date by John Ackerman, Ohio Fairs Managers Association director, at the opening ceremonies of the 143rd Jefferson County Fair on Monday.
A commendation from the OFMA and a $1,000 scholarship were presented to Whinnery, along with Debbie Hukill, county fair board treasurer, presenting Whinnery with a duplicate of the crown worn during her reign to treasure as her own.
Ray Hilderbrand, county board president, talked about watching the queen's pageant in January and seeing Whinnery remain in the top five and as others were eliminated, she held fast until there was just her. "She made our county and our fair board very proud," he said.
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The coronation at the 2014 Jefferson County Junior Fair on Monday was held, with the crowning of the queen by the 2014 Ohio Fairs’ queen, Kathryn Whinnery, who also was the 2013 county junior fair queen. Isaac Foldi, 2013 king, crowned this year’s king. This year’s royalty are, from left, Thomas Smallwood king’s court; Emily Lamantia, queen’s court; Ryan Wood, 2014 king; Rebecca Rector, 2014 queen; Kathryn Whinnery, 2014 Ohio Fairs’ queen; Rachel Zimmer, queen’s court; John Rutan, kings court; Sara Waggoner, 2014 princess; and Joseph “Joey” Wood, 2014 prince.
Whinnery thanked everyone who helped in her journey to the January crowning.
"To everyone who taught me anything, I hope that I made you all proud. I will continue to represent you for the rest of the year with pride," she said.
Isaac Foldi, 2013 king, and Whinnery crowned the new royalty. Rebecca Rector was chosen as this year's fair queen, and Ryan Wood is this year's fair king. This is the first time that brothers were chosen as royalty together, as Joseph "Joey" Wood was named prince. Sara Waggoner is the 2014 princess.
Rector, 18, is the daughter of Jim and Denise Rector of Harrisville. She is an 11-year honor member of the Windy Ridge 4-H Club and is taking a market hog and a dairy beef feeder as her projects.She will be a sophomore at the University of Mount Union where she is majoring in exercise science with a minor in psychology. She is on the dean's list and an active member of the Harrisville United Methodist Church.
Ryan Wood, 18, is the son of Glenn and Michelle Wood of Bloomingdale. He is a 14-year member of the Steubenville Spirits 4-H Club and a sophomore at Marietta College, majoring in education-math and science. He has taken market hogs and numerous still projects through the years and has been involved in Junior Leaders, as a camp counselor and the junior fair board. He is a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Waggoner, 15, is the daughter of Shellie Waggoner. She is an eight-year member of the Purple Circle 4-H club and has taken many animal and still projects in her 4-H career, receiving most outstanding skillathon youth awards every year. She is a member of the Edison FFA and has received her greenhand degree as well as a chapter farmer degree.
Joseph Wood, 13, is the son of Glenn and Michelle Wood of Bloomingdale. He is a nine-year member of the Steubenville Spirits 4-H Club and a six-year gold honor member and a most outstanding skillathon winner for six years. He has taken many still projects and market hogs in the past and is a member of the Boy Scouts and the youth group at the First Westminster Presbyterian Church.
On the queen's court are:
Emily Lamantia, 18, daughter of Pete and Marlene Lamantia of Toronto. She is an eight-year member of the Country Classic 4-H club and plans to attend Bethany College in the fall for business administration. She has completed projects in horses, sheep, broilers, layers, fancy chickens, turkeys and dogs. She is a junior leader and has served as a camp counselor.
Rachel Zimmer, 18, daughter of Jim and Suzie Zorbini of Toronto. She is a 14-year member of 4-H and a member of the Country Rangers 4-H club. She is a junior at Kent State University. She has taken goats, llamas, rabbits and other animal projects. She is a member of the Edison FFA and the junior fair board.
On the king's court are:
Thomas Smallwood, 17, son of Dan and Nikki Smallwood of Harrisville and a member of the Windy Ridge 4-H Club. He is a recent graduate of Buckeye Local High School and plans to attend Ohio Northern University to pursuit a degree in civil engineering. He was a member of the Panther band, drama club and academic team.
John Rutan, 17, son of Dean and Robin Rutan of Harrisville. He is a nine-year member of the Windy Ridge 4-H club and a senior at Buckeye Local, where he was awarded the Arion award for outstanding junior band member. He is a member of the Harrisville United Methodist Church and the Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department. He shows market hogs as a 4-H project.
Elizabeth and Donald Carnahan Jr. accepted the Bicentennial Farms presentation from David Daniel, Ohio Department of Agriculture director.
Jefferson County Probate and Juvenile Court Judge Samuel Kerr was named grand marshal for the grand parade and assisted in the cutting of the ribbon to open the 143rd Jefferson County Fair on Monday.
The fair continues through Sunday at the fairgrounds at Friendship Park.