Two Memorial High School graduates left the stage Monday as the latest in a long-line of royalty as the king and queen of the 160th Auglaize County Fair.
When Sarah Wilker’s name was announced as the 2012 Auglaize County Junior Fair queen, she was surprised, even shedding a few tears after her emotional win.
“I was shocked,” Wilker said. “It’s definitely a great honor, and I’m very honored to represent Auglaize County.”
During her reign as the 2012 queen, Wilker said she will be expected to travel around the state.
“I will have to go to other area county fairs and talk about Auglaize,” Wilker said. “I also will be at the shows here throughout the week, to be there to present awards and things like that.”
This was her first year being on the court.
“I tried out last year, but I didn’t make the court,” Wilker said. “But I tried out again this year.”
The daughter of Cindy and Gene Wilker is a graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School. She is a 13- year member of Buckeye Beavers 4-H Club and she plans to attend the University of Dayton this fall.
Wilker’s fellow Memorial High School graduate and Junior Fair Board member, Jacob Vogel will represent the males this year as the 2012 Auglaize County Junior Fair king.
“It was good,” Vogel said. “It felt good to win.”
He noted he decided to run after seeing others take home the title.
“When I was younger, I always looked up to the Junior Fair Board, the Junior Fair king, and I always wanted to be a part of that,” Vogel said.
As king, he noted he also will do some traveling.
“I will go to other fairs and meet with other kings and just learn more about 4-H,” Vogel said.
The son of Ann and Jeff Vogel of St. Marys is a member of the Noble Sodbusters 4-H Club, and he will be attending The University of Northwest Ohio in the fall.
The 2011 Auglaize County Junior Fair King Patrick Schwartz and Queen Kayla Schneider kicked off the ceremony by welcoming those in attendance to the coronation.
“Welcome to the 2012 Auglaize County Junior Fair king and queen coronation ceremony,” Schwartz said. “I would like to thank everyone for coming and for supporting the 2012 Auglaize County Fair.”
Schneider noted during her reign as 2011 Auglaize County Junior Fair queen, she visited 13 county fairs and the Ohio State Fair.
Assisting her Monday evening were the 2011 Union County Fair queen, the 2012 Union County Fair queen, the 2011 Franklin County queen and the Shelby County Fair queen.
The two also thanked those who made donations for the Junior Fair coronation, including the trophies, flowers and scholarships.
“In addition to their awards, the 2012 Junior Fair king and queen will each receive a $200 scholarship to be used toward tuition at any accredited college,” Schneider said.
The other 2012 Junior Fair queen candidates included Kaitlyn Lehmkuhl, of Minster, Hayley Miller, of Wapakoneta, Megan Timmerman, of Minster, and Angela Wilker, of St. Marys. Lehmkuhl went home with the title of first runner-up.
The other Junior Fair king candidates included Nick Fisher, of Wapakoneta, Cory Nedderman, of New Bremen, Jamison Vogel, of St. Marys, and Nick Vogel, of St. Marys. Nedderman went home with the title of first runner-up.