2005 Switzerland County 4-H Fair Queen will be crowned this Saturday evening

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This year’s Switzerland County 4-H Fair will be held from July 2nd-9th, and with all of the new events and activities going on, this year’s fair will kick off with one of the most traditional of events — the crowning of the 4-H Fair Queen.

This year’s fair queen contest will be held in the Switzerland County High School cafeteria, and will begin at 8 p.m. The doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and there is a $5 admission charge.

A special guest of this year’s pageant will be Keela Sue Roser, the 2005 Miss Indiana State Fair. She is from North Manchester, Indiana, and is a junior at Purdue University.

This year there are 14 contestants for the title of Fair Queen. Here’s a look at those vying for the title:

— CHRISTINA AHAUS: Christina Ahaus is 16 years old, and is the daughter of Shirley Bowling of near Fairview. She is being sponsored in this year’s pageant by Bowling Farm Equipment. She will be a freshman this fall at Switzerland County High School, and her honors include being a member of the National Junior Honor Society; the All A Honor Roll; and she was honored as the Best Freethrow Shooter on the seventh grade girls basketball team. She enjoys volleyball and basketball, and is a member of the 4-H program. She hopes one day to become a veterinarian.

— MICHELLE BARE: Michelle Bare is 16 years old and is being sponsored by K&G Seamless Gutters and Roofing. She is the daughter of Marlena Galbreath of near Vevay, and will be a junior this fall at Switzerland County High School. She is a member of the student council and the junior historical society; and has also participated with the Flag Corps of the Switzerland County Marching Pacer Band. Her career plans are to one day be a lawyer.

— HEATHER FUSSNECKER: Heather Fussnecker is being sponsored in this year’s pageant by the Posey Pioneers 4-H Club. She is 16 years old, and is the daughter of Richard and Lisa Arnoldy of near East Enterprise. She will be a junior this fall at Switzerland County High School, and is a six-year member of the 4-H program; a member of the student council; junior historical society; and the Switzerland County Marching Pacer Band. She also is a member of the Pep Club, and is on the Spell Bowl team. She is the drum major of the band, and is president of her 4-H club. She plans one day on becoming a teacher.

— JILLIAN HAZELDEAN: Jill Hazeldean is 16 years old, and is being sponsored in this year’s contest by Hair It Is. She will be a junior this fall at Switzerland County High School, and is the daughter of Jerry and Jan Hazeldean of Tapps Ridge. She was the third runner up in the 2004 Edelweiss Teen Princess pageant; and is a member of the FFA; prayer group; Pep Club; and has been a varsity cheerleader for two years. She also enjoys gymnastics and shopping. After high school she plans on becoming a fashion model and designer.

— LAURA HOSKINS: Laura Hoskins is 19 years old and is being sponsored in this year’s pageant by Mary Kay Cosmetics, Cindy Welch. She is a 2004 graduate of Switzerland County High School, and is the daughter of Angela Hoskins of near Quercus Grove and Bill Hoskins of Center Square. She is currently attending Ivy Tech State College in Lawrenceburg, and is a dental assistant with Dr. Robert Findley. She is a 10-year 4-H member, and is a member of the Pleasant Outlaws 4-H club. While in high school she was a four-year member of the varsity soccer team, serving as captain for two years; and served in several student council offices, including being the District 12 student representative for three years. She plans on completing her bachelor’s degree in business administration.

— BRIANNE MARTIN: Brianne Martin is the daughter of Rebecca Martin of Vevay. She is 18 years old and is a 2005 graduate of Switzerland County High School. She is being sponsored in the pageant by Roxano’s Restaurant. She was a varsity cheerleader for three years while in high school, serving as co-captain during her junior year; and was a class officer for four years, including serving as the senior class president. She also participated in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Key Club; prayer group; student council; Spell Bowl; and Show Choir. She was the co-editor of the school yearbook as a senior. She is active in the youth group at Vevay Assembly Church; and was the Queen of the 2004 Versailles Pumpkin Show. She will be attending college in the fall, and plans on becoming a lawyer and photographer.

— JILL McCARTNEY: Jill McCartney is the daughter of Randy and Teresa McCartney of Pleasant Ridge, and is being sponsored in this year’s pageant by Twisted Ends Beauty Shop. She is 18 years old; is a 2004 graduate of Switzerland County High School, and recently completed her freshman year of college at Ivy Tech State College in Madison. She is the office manager for Firewood Corporation; and is also an active 4-H member, serving as the president of the Kountry Kids 4-H club. She is a past member of the Junior Leaders program; was a member of student council while in high school; and also earned honors for excellence in sociology and psychology. Her career ambition is to become a realtor.

— MYRA McCLURG: Myra McClurg is 17 years old and is the daughter of Kenny and Jenny McClurg of Bradford Road. She is being sponsored in the pageant by Fantasy Farms. She is an active member of the 4-H program and Junior Leaders; and enjoys showing horses at the 4-H and also professional levels. In 2003 she was the senior division showmanship winner in the equine program at the Indiana State Fair; and was the 2004 Round Robin Showmanship winner at the Switzerland County 4-H Fair. She has earned numerous Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion honors in equine, bovine, caprine, poultry, rabbit, ovine, and dog species. She recently finished her first semester at Ivy Tech State College in math and English, and plans to further her education in web design and animal sciences.

— MEGHAN PETERS: Meghan Peters is a 2005 graduate of Switzerland County High School, and is being sponsored in this year’s contest by the Belmark Inn. She is the daughter of Rick and Marlene Peters of near Vevay, and is 18 years old. While in high school she was active in the Switzerland County Marching Pacer band, serving as the trumpet section leader. She was the president of the junior historical society for two years; is vice president of the 4-H Rockers club; and is an associate member of Indiana Pioneers. She was also active in Key Club; conservation club; student council; and the Indian Creek Watershed committee. She plans to pursue a career in radiology or secondary education.

— SYDNEY PIKE: Sydney Pike is the daughter of Billy and Tanya Pike or Shillo Road, and is 16 years old. She will be a junior this fall at Switzerland County High School, and is being sponsored in the pageant by Karrie’s Kuts & Kurls. She was the 2004 Edelweiss Teen Princess; and was the first runner up for the Teen Princess title in 2003. She is a member of the A-B Honor Roll; is the former vice president of the National Honor Society; and has earned Grand Champion honors at the 4-H Fair. She was the senior showmanship winner with her goat project; and at school is a varsity cheerleader; co-president of her sophomore class; and is involved in prayer group; student council; and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Her career plan is to be a professional photographer.

— REBECCA ROMANS: Rebecca Romans is 16 years old and is being sponsored in the pageant by Darren Romans Logging. She will be a senior this fall at Cedar Creek Academy, and is the daughter of Billy and Nancy Romans of Pendelton Run Road. She has been a soloist for the past two semesters at the “Young Voices of Southeastern Indiana”; earned 10 Grand Champions at the 2004 Switzerland County 4-H Fair; and placed second at the Scott County Coca-Cola Talent Competition. She has participated in the “Share the Fun” competition, winning the event for the past two years; and is the president of the Moorefield Celebrities 4-H club. She is the treasurer of the Junior Leaders; and her ambition is to pursue a career as a vocalist in the entertainment business.

— KIMBERLY VANN: Kim Vann is the daughter of Roger and Sharon Vann of Long Run Road, and is being sponsored in the pageant by the Valley Achievers 4-H club. She is 16 years old, and will be a sophomore this fall at Switzerland County High School. She has been president of the Valley Achievers for two years; and also served as the club secretary for one year. She was voted as the “Most Cheerful” by her classmates; and along with being active in 4-H she also participates in choir, the French Club, and the French Club dance committee. Her career ambition is to be a hair dresser and makeup artist.

— EMILEE WALDRON: Emilee Waldron is 15 years old, and is the daughter of Tony Waldron and Greg and Dorie Peelman. She will be a sophomore this fall at Switzerland County High School, and is being sponsored in the contest by the Pleasant Outlaws 4-H club. She is a member of the National Junior Honor Society; is a member of the cross country, track, and softball teams at the high school; and is also a cheerleader. She is active in the Switzerland County 4-H program, and enjoys reading. Her ambition is to attend college and study plastic and reconstructive surgery.

— KATIE WRIGHT: Katie Wright is the daughter of B.J. Wright of near Vevay and is 17 years old. She will be a senior this fall at Switzerland County High School, and is being sponsored in the pageant by Swiss Alps Printing. She was the first runner up in the 2004 Switzerland County 4-H Fair Queen pageant; and was the first runner up in the 2004 Edelweiss Teen Princess pageant. She is very active in the 4-H program, having earned several Grand Champion honors. She is a member of the FFA; PRIDE; the French Club; and is treasurer of her 4-H club. She enjoys dancing and playing the piano; and following graduation she plans on attending college, but has not made a college choice at this time.