GREENVILLE – Striving for greatness was 2015 Darke County Fair Queen Danielle Hesson’s goal during her reign in the coming year, while 2015 Fair King AJ Warner wanted to use the life lessons he learned through Junior Fair, especially about being a good sport, a good role model.
Hesson appeared shocked as the tiara was placed on her head… she later confirmed it with “No, I can’t believe it.” The 16-year-old Versailles High School student was sponsored by the Versailles FFA Chapter. She is the daughter of Doug and Sherry Hesson. She was clear about her goal, however… “I want to make this fair the best fair possible,” she said.
Warner quipped he felt comfortable on stage because he had taken an Edison Community College communications (public speaking) course. A few minutes later the 17-year-old Franklin Monroe student responded seriously to the honor he’d been given… “There’s a lot more weight on my shoulders,” he said. Warner was sponsored by the Top Notch 4-H Club; he is the son of Pat and Shelly Warner.
First Runners-up are 18-year-old Rachel Osterloh and 17-year-old Bryant Fox. Osterloh is a Bowling Green State University student from Versailles sponsored by the Livestock in General 4-H Club. She is the daughter of Luke and Sharon Osterloh. Fox attends Ansonia High School and is sponsored by Greenville Rangers 4-H Club. He is the son of Tom Fox and Spring Fox.
Second Runners-up are 18-year-old MacKenzie Dirmeyer and 16-year-old Thomas Schmitz. Dirmeyer is a Wilmington College student from Fort Recovery. She was sponsored by Mississinawa Valley MVCTC FFA and is the daughter of David and Melissa Dirmeyer. Schmitz is a Mississinawa Valley High School student sponsored by the Junior Fair Board. He is the son of Don and Tina Schmitz.
Third Runners-up are 17-year-old Alyssa Morgan and 17-year-old John Fischer. Morgan is a Versailles High School student sponsored by the Versailles FFA Chapter. She is the daughter of Aaron and Stephanie Morgan. Fischer is an Ansonia High School student sponsored by the Ansonia FFA. He is the son of John and Amanda Fischer.
The 2015 Darke County Fair King and Queen Pageant took place at the Lighthouse Christian Center July 14. Also competing in the pageant were Zak Peele (Joyful Jets 4-H Club), Brianna Ashmore (Kountry Kids 4-H Club), Megan Bergman (Grade A Kids 4-H Club), Lily George (Darke County Beef 4-H Club), Brenna Loxley (Swine Koolers 4-H Club), Kaelyn Marker (Darke County Jr. Fairboard), Morgan McKinney (Darke County Rabbit Raisers 4-H Club), Mariana Ramos (Fun Bunch 4-H Club) and Katerri Schmitmeyer (Darke County Holstein 4-H Club).
PHOTO CAPTION: Danielle Hesson is the 2015 Darke County Fair Queen; AJ Warner is the 2015 Darke County Fair King. Second Runners-up (left to right) are MacKenzie Dirmeyer and Thomas Schmitz; Third Runners-up are John Fischer and Alyssa Morgan; and First Runners-up are Bryant Fox and Rachel Osterloh.