December 19, 2014

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Royal court to announce king, queen

WELLINGTON — It’s down to the final seven and as each of them will tell you, it’s good to be the king — or queen.

The Junior Fair Board Royal Court will announce its king and queen Monday during the fair’s opening ceremony and there won’t be a stomach in the bunch that doesn’t have butterflies.

“I’m pretty nervous,” Travis Wilson said. “I’ve had butterflies in my stomach all along, but now it’s becoming crunch time.”

Just getting on the Royal Court was an achievement. A panel waded through applications and essays from dozens of teens explaining their goals and aspi­rations, what they’ve done for their communities and how they’ve grown in 4-H.

To become fair royalty, six of the final seven had to give an in­person interview before a panel, discussing their leadership abili­ties and how they applied them to 4-H. Rachel Klier, the current Junior Fair Board president, had to do a phone interview because she was on a church mission trip in Utah doing door-to-door can­vassing and working with vaca­tion Bible schools.

“I think it put me at a disad­vantage because if I was there I would have worn my suit, done my hair and everything, tried to look professional and shook all their hands,” she said. “I told them that if I was there, I would be introducing myself and shak­ing their hands.”

The Royal Court members have been involved in 4-H for much of their young lives and all said what an honor it is to repre­sent the fair board on the court.

Many also followed their siblings into 4-H, like the Bremke broth­ers, who are on the court this year competing for the same crown.

“It’s neat because we’re a year­and- a-half apart,” said younger brother Mason Bremke, 17.

“We’re having a lot of fun.”

Klier, who had her first stint on the Junior Fair Board as sec­retary, said being president this year gives her another opportu­nity to serve the club, since it’s already given so much to her.

“The Lorain Junior Fair Board has a lot of advantages that other fair boards don’t. They give you a lot more responsibilities than most and you’re in charge of a lot, including the paper­work, animal shows, everything,” she said. “The people are like my family. I’m really, really close to them.”

RACHEL KLIER

  • Age: 18
  • Grade: 2010 Wellington High School and Lorain County JVS graduate
  • School: Attending The Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute this fall Parents: Jim and Darcy Klier
  • Years in 4-H: 12; two years in FCCLA
  • Club: Lorain County Dairy Club
  • Position with 4-H: Junior Fair Board for three years; secretary in 2009 and president in 2010

DANIELLE HEFFERNAN

  • Age: 17
  • Grade: Senior
  • School: Amherst Steele High School
  • Parents: Cheri and Jerry Heffernan
  • Years in 4-H: 12
  • Club: Amherst Critter & Such
  • Position with 4-H: Member of Junior Leaders and Junior Fair Board

AMANDA PRICE

  • Age: 19 Grade: 2009 Wellington High School graduate
  • School: The Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute
  • Parents: Bruce and Brenda Price
  • Years in 4-H: 11
  • Club: Pittsfield Lost and Found Position with 4-H: Junior Fair Board member of four years, president in 2009; serving on the Executive Committee this year

MATTHEW BREMKE

  • Age: 19
  • Grade: 2010 Oberlin High School graduate; went to LCCC through PSEO program during junior and senior year School: LCCC for sports fitness and management
  • Parents: Darren and Karen Bremke of Elyria and Donna Forbush of Oberlin Years in 4-H: 12
  • Club: Tri City-Critters
  • Position with 4-H: Junior Fair Board member

MASON BREMKE

  • Age: 17
  • Grade: Senior
  • School: Oberlin High School and Lorain County JVS
  • Parents: Darren and Karen Bremke of Elyria and Donna Forbush of Oberlin Years in 4-H: 11, one year in FFA
  • Club: Tri City-Critters
  • Position with 4-H: Junior Fair Board member for three years

ANNA GIBBONS

  • Age: 17 Grade: Senior
  • School: Elyria High School
  • Parents: Ken and Mary Gibbons
  • Years in 4-H: 10 Position with 4-H: Member of the Elyria Family of 4-H’ers Club Also a member of the Lorain County Junior Fair Board, Lorain County Food and Fashion Board, and 4-H Advisory Committee

TRAVIS WILSON

  • Age: 17 Grade: Senior
  • School: Amherst Steele High School; Amherst High School; going to LCCC through PSEO program Parents: Archie and Lori Wilson
  • Years in 4-H: Nine
  • Club: Tri-City Critters Position with 4-H: Junior Fair board member; treasurer in 2010