Ryan Scott Ottney
PDT Staff Writer
The Scioto County Junior Fair Queen Contest will be Wednesday, June 26, at the Southern Ohio Medical Center Friends Center, beginning at 6 p.m.
According to the Scioto County 4-H Program, the goal of this pageant contest is “to select a young lady who embodies what a teenage girl should be. She should be well spoken and carry herself with poise, respect, and a sense of self-worth. She should be intelligent, energetic, honest and outgoing. She should be a leader who shows initiative and a sense of pride and commitment. The young lady we are in search of should be a well-rounded individual with her own voice and thoughts, who participates in activities not just for recreation, but to make a difference. She should participate in both her school and community beyond that which is expected of her. Overall, she should stand out from her peers and be a role model for those of all ages.”
The contest is open to Scioto County girls, between 16 and 19 years of age, as of Jan. 1 of the current year; not married nor been married, nor have borne a child. Contestants must be a member or an alumnus of one or more of the organizations represented by the junior fair board – 4-H, Girl Scouts, FCCLA, FFA, and VICA. Contestants must be available the week of the fair. The Queen and her court are expected to perform daily duties at the fair and should be available to complete those duties.
Each contestant and a parent must sign a commitment stating that they will fulfill their duties if selected to the fair queen court. Failure to sign this agreement will result in the contestant being removed from competition.
The panel of judges will be made up of a diverse group of out-of-county individuals who are either involved in pageants, youth organizations, or both. There is also the possibility that the judges could be queens from other county fairs or festivals. At no time will any part of the judging process be performed by the OSU Extension Educators, Fair Queen Committee, or Sr. Fair Board/Ag. Society.
Scoring is based on the State Fair Queen Guidelines and will be done on the following basis: activities (20 points), essay questions (10 points), interview (35 points), and on–stage presence (35 points).
The top five contestants’ results will be put in a sealed envelope by the judges. This envelope will be put in a safe at the OSU Extension office and will not be opened until Monday night of the fair. The judges will be the only people to see the scores.
The Queen and Court will not be named until Monday of the Fair.
The Queen will receive a crown, a trophy, a sash, flowers, and a $250 scholarship provided by the Senior Fair Board/Scioto County Ag. Society. This scholarship is only applicable if she seeks higher education within two years of the time she is crowned. If she chooses not to further her education the fair board will pay her $100. First runner-up and the three princesses will receive a trophy, sash and flowers.
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