Eleven youth are vying for the chance to be junior fair royalty at the Hardin County Fair. The Junior Fair King & Queen will be crowned on Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 at 7 p.m. Due to the restricted attendance at the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony will be streamed live to the public on the Hardin County Fair Facebook Page.
Alyssa Wince, the daughter of Jim and Anne Wince attends Ada high School. She has shown rabbits for four years, market goats for five years, dairy beef feeders for three years, and market chickens one year. She has also exhibited Sew Fun, Photography, and Horseless Horse.
Wince is the president of the Ada Barnyard Farmers 4-H Club, is a 4-H Camp counselor, is on Junior Fair Board.
In school, she is a member of the Ada High School Marching Band, Varsity Singers show choir, National Honor Society, and participates in various drama activities and productions.
“I want to represent the fair,” says Wince. “I want to make the fair a place of safety, positivity, hard work and fun.”
After high school, Wince plans to pursue education at an undecided university to become a large animal veterinarian.
Ian Dellifield is the son of David and Jami Dellifield and attends Ada High School. He has been an exhibitor for eight years, has been a STEM activities leader in the 4-H Spark Lab On The Go and has volunteered in the Hardin County Homemakers Demonstration Area.
He is the treasurer of the Hardin County SharpShooters 4-H Club. He was the youth Ohio representative for the 4-H Google grant in Utah and has been a 4-H Camp Counselor.
At school, Dellifield plays varsity soccer, swims, participates in track and field, is in Varsity Singers show choir, varsity quiz bowl.
In the community, Dellifield is a member of Ada First UMC and praise band, Trinity UMC Mission Trip to Nashville, Wild Steelions Steel Drum Band, Volunteer at Hardin County Homemakers Christmas and Spring Achievement Days, Youth Soccer Referee and is a musician for the Freed Center for the Performing Arts.
“I think it is important that people see that there is more that can be learned in 4-H than working with animals,” Dellifield said. “It is important that the entire junior fair feels represented by the king and queen.”
Dellifield plans to attend college in either Nashville or Los Angeles to study commercial percussion performance with a focus on drum set performance.
Maddie Grappy is the daughter of Josh and Denise Grappy. She attends Hardin Northern High School. She has shown dogs for three years, chickens for five years, and rabbits for three years. She has also exhibited several non-livestock projects in art, FFA, 4-H, and FCCLA.
Outside of the fair, Grappy has been involved in Girl Scouts, 4-H where she has served in several leadership roles, and FFA where she has been the Student Advisor and Vice President.
At school, Grappy is a Student Council Member and a member of National Honor Society. She plays volleyball, softball, and basketball where she serves as team captain. She has earned several league and district awards in athletics.
In her community, she volunteers in the adopt-a-highway program and volunteers in a 3rd grade classroom.
“The Hardin County Fair is not only the week I look forward to all year, but also my favorite week out of the year,” Grappy said. “Becoming the queen of the fair would make me the same as the many past queens that I looked up to, and dreamed to be as a young child.”
After school, Grappy plans to attend an undecided university to major in Graphic Design and Marketing.
Lance Good is the son of Brent and Jennie Good. He attends Hardin Northern High School. He has shown market goats for eight years where he won Grand Champion in 2018 and serves on the Junior Fair board.
In School, Good is the president of the Hardin Northern FFA Chapter. He plays football where he is team captain, basketball, baseball, and track. He is also featured on the All-A Honor Roll and has been for four years.
In his community Good volunteers at the Hardin Northern Family Fun Day.
“I love the fair and everything that goes into it,” said Good. “I believe that if I am selected as fair king, I will have a better opportunity to meet people, help the community, and make the fair an even more enjoyable experience for many years to come.”
Good plans to attend an undecided college to major in finance.
Lenore Kohl is the daughter of Michael and Amy Kohl. She attends Kenton High School. She is a nine-year 4-H member where she has exhibited a number of projects and earned several awards. She is also active in FFA, serving as an officer and chairing committees. Kohl has served as the 2019 Hardin County Horse Queen and serves on the junior fair board.
In school, Kohl is a member of the band, Key Club, GateKeepers Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Technical Honor Society, National Honor Society, is an ambassador and swims. She was also an Ohio Youth Capital Challenge delegate where she was on the second place team.
In her community, Kohl is a member of the First United Methodist Church. She volunteers for Ride for Life, Suicide Awareness Walk, SafeHaven and the Taylor Carder Memorial Horse Show, among others. Kohl has completed a number of 4-H affiliated service projects.
“I found my passion for agriculture through 4-H and FFA,” Kohl said. “I’m honored to be able to present myself in such respected organizations. Becoming Harding County Fair Queen would be a great honor for me, and would prove that my hard work, dedication, and passion of agriculture has been recognized.”
Kohl plans to to obtain a four year degree in Animal Sciences and Nutrition.
Carter Bays is the son of Brian and Holly Bays. He attends Kenton High School. He has shown dairy heifers, chickens, and rabbits across his six years in 4-H and three years in FFA. He has helped paint barns at the fair, clean barns and tents during the fair, and has assisted in distributing the “I-Care for Ohio Livestock” T-Shirts.
In School, he participates in wrestling – where he as won several awards at the local and league levels. Bays also plays baseball, is a member of the National Honor Society, is a Kenton High School Ambassador, a membership of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, was a band member and a member of the Kenton High School trap shooting club.
In his community, Bays is an umpire for the Kenton Little League, assists with Kenton Midget Football and is a member of Pheasants Forever.
“When I was young I was always at the fair showing animals, doing the petal tractor pull, riding rides, having an amazing time at the fair,” Bays said. “I have loved the fair for long time and I think becoming fair king would be the capstone of my experience at the fair.”
Bays plans to attend an undecided university to major in Wildlife Conservation.
Alli Underwood is the daughter of Luke and Holly Underwood. She attends Ridgemont High School. She has shown cattle – where she has won both grand and reserve champion steer, hogs, and horses. She is a member of both 4-H and FFA. Underwood has also won the showman of showmen contest.
At school, Underwood is a member of FFA where she has won leadership awards.
In her community, Underwood is a volunteer at the Hardin County Cattle Producers Steak Barn, Hardin County Pork Producers, and has completed a number of 4-H-affiliated service projects.
“I would like to interact with people and spread good news about what is going on at the fair,” said Underwood. “I would also like to represent Hardin County around the region.”
After high school, Alli plans to attend college and major in psychology or animal science.
Collin Wallace is the son of Russ and Paige Wallace. He attends Ridgemont High School. He shows cattle and hogs. Wallace is on the junior fair board. He is a member of FFA.
At school, he is the FFA Vice President. He has also won several FFA awards. He is a member of National Honor Society where he serves as the Historian, golfs, is president of the band and the percussion section leader.
In his community, Wallace has completed several FFA and National Honor Society affiliated community service projects.
“I would like to expand my horizons and overcome my shy personality and converse with fair attendants all over surrounding counties,” Wallace said.
After high school, Wallace plans to remain in the Hardin County area and start a show cattle farm where he plans to teach the younger generation about showmanship and a good work ethic.
Mia Benitez is the daughter of Johnny and Kassie Benitez. She attends Riverdale High School. She is a 4-H member where she has won several awards and exhibited several non-livestock projects. She has been an officer in her 4-H Club and is currently a camp counselor.
In school, she is a member of Team Leadership Corps (TLC) which plans events beneficial to the community. She plays soccer, runs track and field, and is a member of both the varsity and competition cheer squads.
In her community, Benitez has been involved in planning and executing a number of TLC related events. She has also helped with the Mini Cheer Camp and has been a leader at her church’s Vacation Bible School.
“I think becoming Hardin County Fair Queen would be such an amazing experience,” Benitez said.
After school, Mia plans to attend the University of Toledo to major in Psychology to pursue a career as a school psychologist.
Upper Scioto Valley
Allison Moore is the daughter of Roger and Melissa Moore. She attends Upper Scioto Valley High School. She has shown rabbits, chicken, goats and dogs. She has exhibited non-livestock projects in 4-H, FFA, and Girl Scouts. She is also a member of the junior fair board.
In school, Allison plays volleyball, basketball – where she is team captain, softball, and runs track. She is in the show choir, is a member of drama club, student council, prom committee, HOBY leadership conference, National Honor Society, Buckeye Girls State, is a Little Rams youth volleyball and basketball coach, is a library volunteer, and has several academic awards.
In her community, Moore is a member of the Alger First United Methodist Church. She has helped with Vacation Bible Schools at Alger First United Methodist Church, Alger Assembly of God, and Walnut Grove United Methodist Church. She has participated in a number of community service projects through church, girl scouts and 4-H.
“I fair queen because it is the highest honor and female leadership role in Hardin County for a young person,” said Moore. “The Fair has been the center of my activities my entire life.”
After high school, Moore plans to attends Bowling Green State University to earn an undergraduate degree in Marine Biology. She then plans to attend graduate school to ultimately pursue a career at an aquarium or research facility.
Collin Dyer is the son of Matthew and Melanie Dyer. He attends Upper Scioto Valley High School. He has shown market hogs and exhibited FFA non-livestock projects.
In school, Dyer is a member of FFA where he has held several offices, runs cross country, track and field, drama club, show choir, student council and Business Professionals of America.
In his community, Dyer is involved in his church and youth group.
“I think that it would be a great honor as well as privilege to be a part of the various fair activities supporting the exhibitors,” Wallace said.
After high school, Dyer plans to serve his country in the United States Army.