County fair queen crowned

From left, Rachel Garrison, Beef Ambassador; Regan Rubel, Dog Ambassador; Annie Haenszel, Goat Ambassador; Sydney Price, Poultry Ambassador; Cheyenne Young, Rabbit Ambassador; Elizabeth Oney, Sheep Ambassador; Carson Clawson, Small Animal Ambassador; Samantha Walton, Special Interest Ambassador; and Heather Baugess, Swine Ambassador.

The 2015 Madison County Jr. Fair royalty members are, from left, David Harris, king’s attendant; Ruth Peart, princess; Jonathan Peters, prince; Chris Young, king; Erin Carroll, queen’s attendant; and Katherine Garen, queen.

Katherine Garen, 17, was crowned the 2015 Madison County Jr. Fair Queen Sunday at the Madison County Fair. Garen will be a senior this fall at West Jefferson High School.

The 2015 Madison County Jr. Fair Queen, Katherine Garen, embraces 2014 queen Rachel Garrison after being crowned.

Ruth Peart is crowned the 2015 Madison County Jr. Fair Princess by 2014 fair princess Cheyenne Young during Sunday’s ceremonies.

Katherine Garen, left, 2015 Madison County Jr. Fair Queen, is taking the reins from Rachel Garrison, right, last year’s queen.

Katherine Garen was looking to try something outside of her comfort zone.

Because she has never considered herself “girly” or “pageant-like,” she thought the best way to push herself would be to enter the contest for the Madison County Jr. Fair Queen.

“I wanted to meet all new people,” said Garen, a 17-year-old from West Jefferson who shows cows and goats. “I felt like this really accomplished that.”

So nobody was more surprised than she when her name was called as the winner Sunday night, July 12 during the 2015 Madison County Jr. Fair contest, held at the Della Selsor building.

This week, her name is Queen Katherine Garen.

“I couldn’t believe it,” her highness said of hearing her name across the speakers. “I’m the girl that’s out on the farm. I’ve never done anything like this before.”

Garen, who first became involved in 4-H as a 5-year-old Cloverbud, grew up on a family cattle farm. She is a camp counselor and Jr. Fair Board member.

At West Jefferson High School, where she will be a senior this fall, she’s on the National Honor Society and student council, and plays volleyball and basketball for the Roughriders.

After the initial shock wore off, Garen said she began thinking of everything she wants to accomplish during this year’s reign.

Her largest goal is to create a scholarship fund for 4-Hers who cannot afford camp. The fund would be supported by other 4-Hers with money from their sales. Camp is her passion, she said.

But this week, she’s keeping it simple.

“I’m looking forward to just being the queen, watching the tractor pulls and hanging out with my friends,” she said.

Other royalty crowned Sunday night includes:

• King: Chris Young

• King’s attendant: David Harris

• Queen’s attendant: Erin Carroll

• Princess: Ruth Peart

• Prince: Jonathan Peters

• Beef Ambassador: Rachel Garrison

• Dog Ambassador: Regan Rubel

• Goat Ambassador: Annie Haenszel

• Poultry Ambassador: Sydney Price

• Rabbit Ambassador: Cheyenne Young

• Sheep Ambassador: Elizabeth Oney

• Small Animal Ambassador: Carson Clawson

• Special Interest Ambassador: Samantha Walton

• Swine Ambassador: Heather Baugess

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