Quinn Walker and Braden Heizer were crowned queen and king, respectively, Saturday afternoon at the 2016 Highland County Fair.
The queen’s attendants are Emily Parker from McClain High School in Greenfield and Brittany Rhoads from Hillsboro High School.
There were no king’s attendants.
Walker, a 17-year-old senior at Lynchburg-Clay High School, said she first started paying attention to the fair queen contest two years ago when Kaylee Achor was crowned queen.
“I came and sat here and watched her and I decided I wanted to be that,” said Walker, who was a queen’s attendant a year ago. “She was such a good queen. She went above and beyond what she was required to do. She was a role model to me.”
Walker said she was excited after the two attendants’ names were announced and she knew she was the queen.
“It made me really happy,” she said. “I’m looking forward to seeing the hard work each exhibitor puts into their projects this week.”
Heizer, a 17-year-old senior at Fairfield High School in Leesburg, said he decided he to wanted to run for king after seeing his friend, Lane Frost, crowned the Highland County Fair’s inaugural king a year ago.
“I saw how much fun he had and thought it would be a great opportunity for me to inspire more people and interact with more people,” Heizer said.
The son of Brad and Crystal Heizer of Leesburg, Heizer was representing the Fairfield FFA. He has held offices and won awards in his FFA chapter in floriculture, and is also part of the Academy of Scholars. His hobbies include soccer, an engine repair business and woodworking.
He said he started his engine repair business about four years ago with two push mowers. Now he said he has dozens of push mowers and riding mowers and about 50 weedeaters.
Heizer said his goal this week is to encourage young people to keep trying, no matter how their fair projects turn out.
“I look forward to seeing the sales and all the people. I know some of the people get upset with the results, but I want to see them keep trying. I want to encourage them to have the will power to keep hopping back up and keep trying,” Heizer said.
Walker is the daughter of Robin and Kim Walker of Hillsboro. She attends Southern State Community College in addition to high school. She was representing the Highland County Junior Leaders Club. She has won many awards with her family and consumer science and beef projects, as well as in FFA. Her hobbies include showing cattle, sewing and bowling.
The fair continues through next Saturday.
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