The 2015 Switzerland County 4-H Fair festivities got underway last Friday night, as electricity in Vevay came on just in time for the annual Miss Switzerland County Fair Queen pageant to be held.
After Vevay’s electric power was out for approximately 22 hours, contingency plans were made to move the pageant to the TEC Center, which has a generator and could have lights of power for the pageant. As it turned out, power was restored in town, but with staging and other materials already moved, the decision was made to keep the pageant at the TEC Center.
Jaclyn Hart, a recently graduate of Switzerland County High School, was honored as the 2015 Fair Queen from a field of five contestants; and she and her court will now reign over this year’s fair, which begins on July 11th.
She will also represent Switzerland County in August at the Indiana State Fair Queen pageant.
Jaclyn is the daughter of Dan and Trina Hart of near Pleasant; and she was sponsored in the pageant by Edelweiss Floral. She is a 2015 graduate of Switzerland County High School.
She was President of her Senior Class; and also served as co-President of the student council. She was captain of the SCHS bowling team; was a member of the Business Professionals of America; Key Club; and the English Academic team. She serves as President of the Switzerland Sidewinders 4-H club. She is a member of Farm Bureau; was honored as the Outstanding 4-H member of 2010, 2011, and 2014; and enjoys volunteer work, baking, and sewing.
In the fall she will attend college and will pursue a master’s degree in business administration.
The first runner up in the Fair Queen pageant was Korah Taylor.
She will be a junior this fall at Indiana State University; and was sponsored in the pageant by Wai Back Forty Farms. She is the daughter of Andi Wainscott of near Fairview.
She was a contestant in the 2014 Kentucky Festivals Pageant; was voted Miss Congeniality and was the third runner up in the 2014 Relay for Life pageant; and was third runner up in the Miss Switzerland County pageant. She earned the People’s Choice award in 2014; and was the recipient of the Linda Bennitt Scholarship and the Mike McClure Scholarship. An honors student in high school, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family; and volunteering with 4-H and the community.
Her career plan is to be a criminal psychologist for the FBI.
Robin Furnish was honored not only as the second runner up in the pageant, but she was also selected by her fellow contestants as Miss Congeniality.
She will be a sophomore this fall at Trine University; and she is the daughter of Rob and Cheryl Furnish of near Bennington. She was sponsored in this year’s pageant by Bowling Farm Equipment.
The Switzerland County High School graduate earned the Lilly Endowment Scholarship; was a 10-year 4-H member; and earned the 2014 Round Robin Showmanship award. She was co-President of her 4-H club; was co-Vice President of the Switzerland County FFA chapter; was District 12 FFA Treasurer; and she also earned the ORVC Mental Attitude award while in high school for cross country. At Trine, she serves as a Student Government representative; is a member of the Society of Women Engineers; and the American Chemical Society.
She will pursue a masters and doctorate in Tissue Engineering and plans on working in research.
Other contestants in this year’s Switzerland County 4-H Fair Queen pageant were Emily Evans and Amanda Norfleet.