Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

July 5, 2013

Franklin County 4-H Fair royalty crowned

Diane Raver The Herald-Tribune
The Batesville Herald-Tribune

---- — 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.”

What makes the daughter of Rick and Vickie Raible smile? “Having a good day and being with my friends and having a good time.”

Morgan Wright, daughter of Tim and Lori Wright, West Harrison, was named second runner-up.

She thought reciting her speech was difficult, but so was “wearing pantyhose.”

When the 18-year-old was asked what cartoon character she would like to be, she replied, “SpongeBob because he’s always goofy and silly and having a good time.”

Renee Brehm said being named Miss Congeniality “feels like more of an honor than being queen because the girls (competitors) see me as who I am.”

The 17-year-old daughter of Jeff and Rosa Brehm, Cedar Grove, described what success means to her. “It is not necessarily how many people know your name, but how many people you touch .... and make a difference in their lives.”

The queen and her court will reign over activities at the fair by handing out awards and making public appearances.

Diane Raver can be contacted at diane.raver@batesvilleheraldtribune.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.

More winners • Eleven young ladies in Mini 4-H competed in the first annual Franklin County 4-H Fair Princess Pageant. • Princess honors went to Karly Murray, daughter of Josh and Nicole Murray, Laurel. The 8-year-old reported her favorite princess was Jasmine because "she gets to marry the prince. If I was her, I could take as many carpet rides as I want." She likes gymnastics and wants to attend the fair and "be at as many things as I can." • Isabella Robben, daughter of Harry and Tammey Robben, St. Peters, was named Miss Personality. The 7-year-old enjoys camping and swimming and gets to show horses for the first time in Mini 4-H this year. "My favorite princess is Belle. She sees the good in every person."