EATON — National Trail graduate Allie Unger was chosen as the 2014 Preble County Junior Fair Queen and Mathias Marshall was named King on Thursday, June 26.
Unger, who was representing the Monroe Better Livestock 4-H Club, beat out five competitors: Emalee Current, Savannah Reece, Aubrey Stevenson, Rhianna Trader and Adrianna Via. Marshall was the sole competitor for King.
The selection of the King and Queen is based on their Junior Fair participation, achievement and leadership, other youth activities, an essay describing their personal benefits gained through Junior Fair and other activities, attitude, ease in answering questions and how they relate to the audience.
Contestants were asked questions such as “what would you bring if you were stranded on a desert island,” “what is your worst habit?,” and “what television show best describes your life?”
There were also nine winners of the Livestock Candidates category: Clayton Cruze won Beef King, Tristen Withrow won Canine Queen, Aryn Landes won Goat Queen, Kaitlyn McGarvey won Horse Queen, Brooke Dalton won Horse Princess, Savannah Reece won Lamb/Wool Queen, Jade Newton won Pork Queen, Suzanne Kimball won Poultry Queen and Chelsea Allen won Rabbit Queen.
Marshall said he wanted to be King from a young age.
“Since I was little, it seemed like a good experience,” Marshall said. “I’ve always wanted to be king so I decided to run and there was no competition.”
Mathias said it would have been nice, though, to have a competitor.
“It would have been more exciting, there would be more guys on court instead of just me,” Marshall said.
During his reign as King, Marshall said he is looking forward to free food, passing out ribbons and having little kids look up to him. He will be participating in 4-H for another year and said he will be working on his family farm until he decides what he wants to do about college.
Unger also said being Queen has interested her from a young age.
“I’ve always been interested in the 4-H Queen and King, I’ve always looked up to them, it’s just something to achieve as an FFA and 4-H member,” Unger said.
Unger has shown pigs and goats for 10 years and is now taking turkeys and ducks.
Unger said she was nervous to speak in front of so many people, but will probably compete for the Ohio State Fair Queen.
“That was really stressful,” Unger said. “But I’m really happy I won.”
During her time as Queen, Unger said she is looking forward to watching many livestock shows at different fairs and is also excited to attend Wilmington College for Agri-Business.
“That’s my passion so I’m really excited for that,” Unger said.