MIAMI COUNTY —The Miami County Fair crowned its 2016 royal advocates during its annual contest on Saturday.
Keagan Carsey and Megan Troy will proudly represent their hometown fair at this year’s Miami County Fair from August 12-18.
Carsey, 15, of Troy, is the son of Casandra and Ryan Carsey. Carsey represented the Miami East FFA in the contest. The Miami East High School sophomore said he decided to enter the contest after Miami East FFA adviser Marie Carity urged him to enter to represent the FFA throughout the fair.
Carsey will exhibit chickens at both the county fair and at the Ohio State Fair.
“Every day I go out there to feed and water them, clean their pens — stuff like that,” Carsey said. “I really enjoy showing. There are really specific standards, especially at the state fair, that you have to follow. I’ve gone to state fair for the past four years.”
Megan Troy, 16, of Troy, has participated in 4-H for eight years. She represented Concord Odds and Ends and is the daughter of Andrew and Nicole Troy. She will be a senior at Troy High School.
“What I found the most interesting about 4-H is that there is a hobby for everyone so nobody is left out when you are in 4-H,” Troy said.
Troy shared how she had entered the contest two years ago and decided to give it another shot this summer.
“This year I felt a lot more confident and I wanted share all my experience from what I’ve grown from learning the last time I was in it,” Troy said. Troy shared how she loves clothes and shopping and will exhibit her expertise through the “Shopping Savvy” project at the county fair.
“I love doing clothes and I love shopping,” Troy said. Troy said next year she plans on entering a “Do It Yourself” project about make-up.
While the more mature 4-Hers shared their experience and project knowledge with the judges and audience, the 2016 Miami County Fair Prince and Princess stole the show with their quick wit.
Tipp City’s James Burkett, son of Toby and Denise Burkett, sponsored by Button Buddies 4-H Club, was crowned this year’s fair prince. Addilyn “Addie” Grove, daughter of Ross and Chabree Grove, sponsored by Elizabeth Livestock, was crowned this year’s princess.
James Burkett’s older brother Thomas was the very first prince of the county fair royalty and brother Drake was the 2015 prince. Thomas was named first runner-up in the King’s contest on Saturday as well.
“Well, me being with the princess,” was James favorite part of the contest. James said he is looking forward to riding the Ferris wheel at this year’s county fair, but declined to say whether the princess would accompany him on the fair rides.
Grove, 8, of Troy, said her favorite part of the day was having the sparkly crown placed on her head.
“My favorite part of the county fair is walking through all the barns and seeing all the animals,” Grove said. “And I get to show my pig for the very first time.”
In the King’s contest, Larkin Welbaum, son of Matt and Carrie Welbaum, sponsored by Farrow to Finish 4-H Club was named second runner-up, with Thomas Burkett named first runner-up.
In the Queen’s contest, first runner-up was Cheyenne Parke, daughter of Brian and Shon Parke, sponsored by Livestock 4-H Club; second runner-up was Caitlyn Cusick, daughter of Matt and Carrie Cusick, sponsored by Stitchin’ Sisters & Buildn’ Brothers 4-H Club; third runner-up was Victoria Hager, daughter of Chris and Jodie Hager, sponsored by Galloping Gauchos 4-H Club; and fourth runner-up was Kristina Romie, daughter of Brian and Wanda Romie, sponsored by Ears to Tailes 4-H Club.
The royalty will reign over the fair and will assist with presenting awards to participants from the numerous shows and events that take place during fair week.
For more information about the Miami County Fair, visit www.miamicountyohiofair.com.
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