Laura Hoskins is crowned Queen of the 2005 Switzerland County 4-H Fair

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The Switzerland County 4-H Fair held its Fair Queen pageant on Friday night at Switzerland County High School. Laura Hoskins was selected as this year’s Queen from a field of 14 contestants, and will reign over this year’s fair, which is scheduled for July 2nd-9th.

Laura Hoskins is 19 years old and was 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.

She will represent Switzerland County in the Indiana State Fair Queen pageant, which will be held in August.

The first runner up in Friday night’s pageant was Katie Wright.

She is the daughter of B.J. Wright of near Vevay and is 17 years old; and will be a senior this fall at Switzerland County High School. Katie Wright was 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.

Sydney Pike was selected as the second runner up in Friday’s pageant. She 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 was 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.

The third runner up in the Fair Queen pageant was Jillian Hazeldean. She is 16 years old, and was 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.

Chosen by her fellow competitors as Miss Congeniality was Jill McCartney. She is the daughter of Randy and Teresa McCartney of Pleasant Ridge, and was 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.

Other contestants in this year’s Fair Queen pageant included: Christina Ahaus, Michelle Bare, Heather Fussnecker, Brianne Martin, Myra McClurg, Meghan Peters, Rebecca Romans, Kimberly Vann, and Emilee Waldron.