7/16/2017 7:38:00 PM Kylee Castle crowned as Jackson County Fair queen
The newly crowned royalty of the 2017 Jackson County Fair, seated from the left, are: Queen Kylee Castle, First Attendant Lauren Gardner and Second Attendant Haley Jo Sexton. Standing (from the left) are the 2016 fair royalty: Queen Faith Miller, First Attendant Allison Moore and Second Attendant Haley Frazier. (Telegram Photo By Pete Wilson)
The Jackson County Fair Queens Tea, which featured both local and visiting royalty, was held Sunday afternoon in the 4-H Building. The event had an Alice in Wonderland theme and some of the attendees were costumed accordingly. In the lower photo are Hannah Tolliver (left) and Chloe Rine (right), representing the New Straitsville Moonshine Festival, who are shown nabbing a picture alongside the Mad Hatter (Luke Eisnaugle). (Telegram Photo By Phillip Buffington)
The Jackson County Fair is underway and in the highlight moment of the opening weekend, Kylee Castle was crowned as this year's queen in Opening Ceremonies on Sunday evening, July 16 at the WesBanco Bandstand. She will reign over the proceedings which will continue throughout the week at the fairgrounds in Wellston.
Kylee is 16 years old, and the daughter of Shasta Murphy. The Jackson High School junior is a member of both the Barnyard Rascals and Too Hot To Trot 4-H clubs.
The first attendant is Jackson High School senior Lauren Gardner, the daughter of Jessica and Terry Gardner and the second attendant is Jackson High School graduate Haley Jo Sexton, the daughter of Jamey and Misty Sexton.
The younger royalty members were also crowned during the Opening Ceremonies.
Abigail Meldick is the grades 8-9 attendant, Elizabeth Allison is the grades 6-7 attendant, and Jasmine Clarkson is the grades 3-4 attendant. This year's Little Mister Jackson County Fair is Samuel Gentry and the Little Miss Jackson County Fair is Katie Ross.
Fair Board Treasurer Ryan Pelletier served as the emcee of the Opening Ceremonies. Letters and messages of support were presented to Fair Board President Mike Farley by representatives of Governor John Kasich and Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, Sixth District Congressman Bill Johnson and U.S. Senator Rob Portman. Jackson County 4-H Alumna Kylie Logan sang the National Anthem.
In keeping with tradition, a host of 4-H-related scholarships were announced and presented during the Opening Ceremonies with Jackson County Extension Director, 4-H Extension Educator Erin Dailey presiding.
Scholarships presented included:
Ohio Valley Bank Scholarships ($750 for four years) - to Zayne Warrens (2017), Kassidy Barrett (2016), Taylor Scaggs (2015) and Levi Davis (2014).
4-H Advisory Council Scholarships - Chase Dickens and Carlee Dempsey, $500 each.
Paul and Loretta Riegel Livestock Scholarships - Carlee Dempsey, Chase Dickens, Kayle Kiser, Haley Sexton and Zayne Warrens, $250-$300 each.
David Sloan Fortune Fundraising Scholarship - Riley Kuhn, $150.
Janie Hatfield Memorial Scholarship - Carlee Dempsey.
Monday was a big day on the junior fair side at the Jackson County Fair as 4-H General Project awards were announced and presented and both rabbit and turkey shows were conducted.
In the General Project awards which were presented at the Show Arena, the Overall Outstanding General Project award went to Coty Montgomery of the Outbackers 4-H Club for his woodworking project. Also, Jillian Evans of the Barnyard Rascals 4-H Club won the Overall Foods and Nutrition award while Madison Callahan of the Ridge Runners 4-H Club won the Overall Clothing award for the fourth time.
In the Market Rabbit Show, Brooklyn Fizer showed the Grand Champion and Ava Sheeter the Reserve Champion. The Overall Rabbit Showman winner was Jillian Evans and Haylee Miller showed the Champion Breeding Rabbit.
In the Market Turkey Show, Jordan Causey showed the Grand Champion Turkey and Brady Price the Reserve Champion. Alex Sharp showed the Champion Breeding Turkey and the Overall Turkey Showman was Brady Price.
The Jackson County Fair will continue through Saturday, July 22 and should end on a high note with a major concert set for Saturday evening. Country-music superstar Clay Walker will perform, starting at 9 p.m. and his concert will follow an opening performance by regional favorite band, Crossroad Station, which will start at 7:30 p.m.