ANGOLA – Periodic downpours did not stop the festivities on Friday as the new royalty was crowned as part of the opening ceremony of the 2021 Steuben County 4-H Fair.
The new fair royalty includes Miss Steuben County 2021 Grace Emberton, Little Miss Steuben County Lydia Wilhelm and Little Mister Steuben County Rogan Feller.
Alexis Treesh was named Miss Congeniality in the 2021 Miss Steuben County pageant which saw just three contestants this year. Katie Stoy was also in competition.
“It’s so exciting to be here in person,” said Abby Stoy, Miss Steuben County 2019. “This year’s Queen is about to be very, very busy.”
Abby’s reign lasted two years because the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the 2020 competition.
Traditionally, the Queen of the Fair has reigned for her County Fair and continues to compete to be named the Miss Indiana State Fair. Emberton will compete for this title in January 2022.
“I am so excited to have the opportunity to serve as Miss Steuben County,” Emberton said in shock after being named the winner. “I hope everyone has a good time this week and I wish all of the competitors the best of luck.”
Emberton will be spending next week at the fair doing a bit of everything from posing with the project champions for photos to chatting with fair visitors and helping with the breeding shows.
She is no stranger to the fair, having exhibited at 4-H herself before graduating from Angola High School and entering the University of Saint Francis, where she is currently studying nursing. .
Emberton also plans to enlist in the US Air Force reserves, attend technology school, and complete her nursing degree.
During her own reign, Abby Stoy said the most exciting part came not from the fair at all, but rather from the pandemic that came to such a halt last year.
“My most memorable moment as Miss Steuben County was during the pandemic, handing out meals to people who couldn’t go out,” she said. “They were delighted to see us, smile through masks and allow us to come out.”
However, the whole experience as a queen, she said, was absolutely amazing.
“It’s not just a beauty pageant,” she said. “It’s really about what’s inside. I’m so grateful for this opportunity that has truly changed my life.”
Little Miss Steuben County was also crowned on Friday, and this year the title went to Lydia Wilhelm. The title of Little Mister Steuben County was passed to Rogan Feller. The two were named after the competition, which took place Friday night at Rensch Hall.
The queen’s pageant took place on Thursday, with only the coronation on Friday.
Lydia and Rogan will both be at the fair as much as they can this week to assist Emberton in his royal duties.
Here are the winners of Friday’s animal projects:
Grand Supreme Champion: Jacob Graber
Grand Champion of the laying hens: Grace Albert
Reserve Grand Champion of laying hens: Maleeha Oliver
Grand Champion Meat Chickens: Jacob Graber
Grand Champion Reserve Meat Chickens: Ella Heifner
Grand Champion Exhibition Bantams: Grace Albert
Reserve Grand Champion Exhibition Bantams: Maleeha Oliver
Grand Champion Chickens: Kayla Caston
Reserve Grand Champion Chickens: Grace Albert
Grand Champion of Turkey: Jacee Graber
Reserve Grand Champion Turkey: Jacob Graber
Grand Champion of Market Ducks: Elizabeth Curey
Reserve Grand Champion Market Ducks: Vince Gilbert
Grand Show Duck Champion: Leslee Steigerwald
Reserve Grand Champion show duck: Leslee Steigerwald
Grand Champion Standard Exhibition: Laken Mosier
Reserve Grand Champion Standard Exhibition: Laken Mosier
Junior Showman: Bella Holmes
Intermediate Showman: Ethan Wolfe
Senior Showman: Ava Budak
Grand Champion of Obedience: Hallie Shrewsburg
Grand Reserve Obedience Champion: Tyson Gilbert
Junior Showman: Ramon Perry
Intermediate Showman: Nadia Cline
Senior Showman: Hallie Shrewsburg