“The 2014 Franklin County 4-H Fair Queen is ....”
Five young ladies each hope their names will complete that sentence, and their dreams of being crowned will come true.
The pageant takes place Sunday, June 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the Franklin County High School auditorium, reports Molly Schwab, Brookville, who is coordinating the event along with Dana Hornung, West College Corner; Becky Schwab, Brookville; and Christine Ross and Amber Rauch, Cedar Grove. Doors open at 6 p.m.
The candidates, ages 17-20, must be current or former 4-H members. “This year we have a great group of girls. Each ... shows excitement and enthusiasm about being in the pageant. They’ve all been helping one another and working well together, which is something that is always great to see,” Schwab points out.
“We have had four meetings for the girls to help prepare them for pageant day. The first was mainly an informational meeting where the girls learned about the details of the pageant. During the second and third meetings, they received tips on interview skills, wardrobe, shoes and hair and makeup techniques. We also helped them with topics for their on-stage speeches and gave them lots of practice with impromptu questions .... (These) are always fun to practice because girls find out that being put on the spot is a lot harder than they think.
“The fourth and final meeting will be held on Thursday night before the pageant. This is a three-hour rehearsal at the auditorium, where the girls get to practice using the microphone and get a chance to walk in their heels on stage. This meeting is very beneficial and helps them to feel more comfortable and confident about getting on stage.”
Three out-of-county judges will determine the winner after a chain of events on pageant day. Following an afternoon lunch for judges and contestants, each young lady undergoes a five- to seven-minute interview, which counts for the largest part of their final scores.