Fair royalty crowned (7-30-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN, Sentinel Farm Editor   
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 08:29
Courtney Thomson (left), 2013 Junior Fair Queen and Henry Apple, 2013 Junior Fair King, enjoy a moment with first runner up queen Raegen Vickers and Logan Browne. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Courtney Thomson and Henry Apple were crowned as the 2013 Junior Fair Queen and King on Monday night in front of the grandstands of the Wood County Fair. SEE MORE PHOTOS
Both of them were very surprised to be selected.
“I was really shocked,” Apple said. “I didn’t think it could be me.”
Similarly Thomson said, “I really couldn’t believe I was the one chosen.”
Thomson graduated from Elmwood High School this spring at the top of her class, and was representing the Wood County Junior Leadership Board.
Apple represented the Bowling Green FFA chapter, where he has served as vice president for the past two years. He has earned his State FFA degree.
When asked if she thought she would be queen, Thomson said “I honestly thought I might have a chance to be on the court, but when they announced all of them, I thought there was no way.”
Like many pageants, the runners-up are announced prior to the naming of the queen and king.
She noted her interview was not what she had hoped. “I didn’t think my interview went that well.”
Thomson’s father, Steve, noted, “I couldn’t be prouder of both my kids.”
Similarly, Apple’s mother, Deb, nearly echoed, “I couldn’t be prouder, he’s a great son.”
The new king said he thought he had done well in his interview with the judges, “but not that good.”
He was pleased with the selections of those who will serve with him on the court.
“We got a great group, this will be a lot of fun,” Apple said.
Joining them on the royal court are Raegen Vickers and Logan Browne as first runners-up; Olivia Lause and Ross Bockbrader as second runners-up; with Brianna Hammond and Ben Wilhelm as the third runners-up.
Vickers, representing Gold Medal 4-H, is a 2012 graduate of Perrysburg High School who will be attending Ohio State University to become an orthodontist.
Browne, representing Livestock Unlimited 4-H, is the club’s president. He is active in livestock judging and showing cattle.
Lause, representing Colorful Clovers 4-H, will be attending the University of Toledo this fall. She has been very involved in 4-H and related activities.
Bockbrader, representing Duke’s Mixture 4-H, will attend Ohio State University in the fall to study business. He is the vice president of his club.
Hammond, representing Country Guys and Gals 4-H, is currently studying gerontology at Bowling Green State University.
Wilhelm, representing Leaders of Tomorrow 4-H, is the club’s president and also the current Bowling Green FFA president.
Collette Dickey, the chairman of the Queen and King event, noted that this event is easily the largest such contest in Ohio. Not just this year, but consistently over the years.
All of the entrants, not just those named to the court, benefit greatly by the experience. SEE MORE PHOTOS
“Completing their resume and interviewing with the judges prepares them for later in life,” Dickey said.
She noted the candidates can use the skills developed for college and job interviews.
Dowling Stitch, Stir and Stock was awarded first place in the 4-H floats judging. The float had a theme of “4-H brings magic to our lives.” The float featured a Disney-like castle. Second place for the floats went to Tontogany Four-Leaf Clovers for their creative roller coaster creation. The “thrill’ of the coaster was demonstrated as the riders in the two cars on a track raised their hands as their cars physically swayed on the float.
The third place 4-H float was awarded to Black Swamp Outlaws who portrayed a drive-in movie scene out of the “Grease” move. The fourth place float was awarded to Lake Harvesters, whose “Hangin’ 10 with 4-H” float was one of many beach-themed floats in the parade in recognition of this year’s concert on Saturday by the Beach Boys.
In Class II, for FFA floats, Bowling Green took first place with Penta FFA awarded second.
There was a tie for first place in Class II, for other county youth groups. Girl Scout Troop 10355 tied with the Rocks youth group of Hope Lutheran Church.
The four county high school bands which performed were each received very well by those in the grandstand. Bowling Green, Eastwood, Elmwood and Otsego, each entertained the crowd.
Jo and Ted Sipes served as the parade’s grand marshals.
Festivities before the parade included Bernie Scott and the late Keith Bradley being inducted as the first members of the newly created Wood County Agricultural Hall of Fame. A ribbon was also ceremoniously cut to inaugurate the establishment of the county’s 4-H Quilt trail.

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