Suspense was in the air but it concluded when the 2015 Morrow County Junior Fair King and Queen were named Tuesday, September 1, during ceremonies held in the Youth Building on the fairgrounds.
During the program emceed by the 2014 King Derek Barker and Queen Taylor Clark, the crown was placed on the head of the new queen, Lauren Hall, and Collin Berg was named the 2015 king.
Hall, a Cardington-Lincoln High School senior, is the daughter of John and Dedra Hall. She represented the Cardington FFA, where she is the reporter and the Family 4-Her’s Club. She also represented Girl Scout Troop 1132.
Berg, a senior at Northmor High School, is the son of Peter and Cathy Berg.
He represented the Northmor FFA and the Johnsville Jolly Farmers and Farmerettes 4-H Club.
Looking radiant in a full length fuchsia colored dress with a fitted bodice featuring rhinestones, Hall commented, “I feel very excited knowing that I will be able to represent Morrow County as the fair queen, knowing that I can serve as a role model for younger kids at the fair.”
Berg said, “I feel very happy and proud knowing that I get to go to all of these fairs and meet all of these new people and have all these new memories.”
First runner up to the king was Adam Zegar and first runner up to the queen was Maggie Logan.
Others in the court are Josh Caudeill, Zac Parrot, Lucas Standley II and Reanna Swain.
Barker thanked his parents and all who helped him the past year during his reign. “It was a blast,” he said noting that he and the queen had visited 23 fairs. “We made a lot of new friends.”
Retiring queen Clark said jokingly, “I got to see every pig barn,” a reference to the king’s swine project, admitting it got better as the year went on. “Thanks to you, I met many new people and made many new friends,” she said. She also thanked her parents and all who helped her become the queen. “You will have a great year,” she told the new Junior Fair royal couple.
A video was shown depicting the couple’s tours of the state’s fairs the past year.
Prior to the royalty ceremony, a dinner was served to junior fair royalty and commodity queens from around the state and the Morrow County Junior Fair.
Berg and Hall visited all of the junior fair events held during the fair and rode with their court on the float in the annual parade on Sunday.
The Royalty Ceremony and program were organized by Junior Fair Coordinator Julie Logan and the Junior Fair Board.