Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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July 5, 2013

Franklin County 4-H Fair royalty crowned

BROOKVILLE – After being crowned Franklin County 4-H Fair queen June 30, Katrina Wagner said it didn’t seem real.

“I can’t even breathe and my heart is pounding,” emphasized the 18-year-old.

In her opening presentation to the crowd that gathered in the Franklin County High School Lew Wallace Auditorium, Brookville,, the daughter of Brad and Tammy Wagner, Brookville, revealed how moving to a new house as a youngster turned out to be a great opportunity. “It’s the last house on a dead-end road, and the driveway is about a mile-and-a-half long .... One of my favorite memories is building the biggest snowman I’ve ever seen with my family. I even told my parents, ‘When I grow up, I’m living here.’

“As time went on, I didn’t like my home as much. Everyone was getting their driver’s licenses, but no one wanted to come back my crazy driveway and pick me up .... I asked my parents, ‘Why can’t we live in civilization and move out of the boondocks?’

“Now my opinion has changed. I do admire my house because me and my brother can go on long bike rides and not be interrupted by cars. I can fall asleep to the sound of crickets. We have a huge garden and so many different types of animals .... I’ve had my ups and down with my house, but there are so many memories, and I don’t think I could have made them anywhere else.”

When asked what makes her unique, Wagner responded, “I always have a smile on my face, and I’m happy to help anyone who asks for help.”

The young lady is looking forward to fair week, July 13-20. “I can’t wait.”

First runner-up was Allison Raible, 17, Brookville. Her favorite part of the competition was “getting to hang out with all the girls.” She admitted the most challenging aspect was “getting over my nerves to do my speech.”

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