Jamie Hazenfield and Alex Plante have been crowned the 2008 Clermont County Junior Fair King and Queen.
“Right now, I am the happiest that I have ever been in my entire life,” said newly crowned Junior Fair queen Alex Plante, 17. “I was always that girl who would sit every year and watch some other worthy girl get crowned the fair queen – so this was unexpected and very, very overwhelming to me.”
In the opening ceremonies held on the fairgrounds July 20, the junior fair king and queen were selected after the judges, who said that this year’s decision was a very difficult one, deliberated on the responses of each candidate’s interviews, which were held in earlier, private individual sessions.
The most important question in determining the winners, said Agricultural Society president Bea Faul said, was to name a few qualities that best describe you and why each candidate felt that they were best suited to become the 2008 Junior Fair king/queen.
"This is very exciting," an elated king Hazenfield remarked. "I cannot even describe what a rewarding feeling it is to now know that I might possibly influence others to strive for excellence, which is something that 4-H has taught me."
As reigning Junior Fair king and queen, Plante and Hazenfield will not only be an inspiring, visible presence on the fairgrounds throughout the entire week, but will work the many livestock sales and shows, present ribbons and trophies to junior fair winners, and be available for the many photo opportunities.
Milford resident Plante, who has been a member of the 4-H Patriots of Milford for nine years, plans on attending Nashville's Belmont College in the fall to study musical composition.
"I am looking forward to being the ambassador of what the junior fair represents," Plante said. "The best thing about 4-H is meeting new people, making new life-long friends, and helping out the younger kids - my goal is to inspire them to be the best that they can be."
Hazenfield, who said that he wanted to thank all of the many people who have supported him over the "fun and exciting" 13 years that he has been involved in 4-H, plans on studying business entrepreneurship at Northern Kentucky University in the fall.
As a result of being crowned this year's Junior Fair royalty, both Plante and Hazenfield received Kathy Retzler Memorial Fund $500 scholarships; Retzler was an avid fair supporter and Agricultural Society member who died of a brain aneurysm in the 1980's.
Joining Queen Alex Plante and King Jamie Hazenfield on the Royalty Court and reigning supreme over the 2008 Junior Fair are Princess Emma Uible, Prince Ty Cohill, Beef Queen Samantha Manning, Equine Representative Claire Carter-Tipton, General Projects/Home Economics Representative Jessie North, Sheep Representative Brittany Gibbons, Small Animal Representative Keri Jelus, Caprine Representative, Elizabeth Vandergrift, and Swine Representative Allen Fee.