GREENVILLE – “Dedication, determination, ambition… always have a smile on your face; let everyone know you are hardcore and you love it!” This is how 2014 Darke County Youth Fair Queen Jenna Cline responded to the question “What do you feel are the perfect characteristics that represent Darke County?”
To the question “Is it better to fail or be successful?” 2014 Darke County Youth Fair King Thomas Shaw said “Actually, failure is better. It teaches you to get back up, learn from your mistakes and try again… it makes you stronger!”
Cline and Shaw took the 2014 honors in a field of 24 candidates. Cline, 17, New Madison, is the daughter of Jeff and Kelly Cline. She attends Tri-Village High School and is representing Darke County Junior Fairboard. Shaw, 18, Greenville, is the son of Greg and Darlene Grubb and Bruce Shaw. The Greenville High School graduate will be attending Wilmington College in the fall and is representing Grade-A-Kids 4-H Club.
First Runners Up King and Queen are Andrew Wright and Morgan McKinney. Wright, 17, is the son of Mark and Melissa Wright of Arcanum. He attends Miami Valley Career Technology Center. McKinney, 17, is the daughter of Bradley and Miranda Harleman of Greenville. She attends Arcanum High School.
Second Runners Up are Brad Slyder and Courtney Rose. Slyder, 16, is the son of Jeff and Julie Slyder of Union City, OH. He attends Mississinawa Valley High School. Rose, 17, is the daughter of Richard and Carolyn Rose of Bradford. She attends Versailles High School.
Third Runners Up are Lane Manning and MacKenzie Dirmeyer. Manning, 16, is the son of Jason and Heather Manning of Union City, OH. He attends Mississinawa Valley High School. Dirmeyer, 17, is the daughter of David and Melissa Dirmeyer of Fort Recovery. She attends Mississinawa Valley High School.
The new king and queen were both grateful to everyone who supported them in “reaching this honor.” Shaw told those who competed this time, as well as in the past, not to give up. He said he’d tried before, had been on the court in the past. He knew what was awaiting them in the coming year. Cline didn’t but commented Shaw would help get her through it. “This is my first time competing,” she said. “Last time I entered… but I forgot my interview!”
As votes were being tabulated, 2013 Fair King and Queen Logan Moody and Jenna King, along with the members of their court, talked about their favorite memories following a slide show of their activities during the year. Included were the state fair and seven county fairs, plus more than a dozen other parades and activities.
The 2014 contestants were finalists Dalton Subler, Jessalyn Besecker, Catey Fischer and Tessa Jobes; and Andrea Barga, Kaytlin Burchett, Michaela Colby, Abigail Kramer, Paige Lavy, Kaelyn Marker, Lacie Mueller, Abigail Nealeigh, Rachel Osterloh, Katerri Schmitmeyer, Rachel Schmitmeyer and Emily Walters.