CAMDEN —Savannah Reece and Clayton Cruze were selected this year’s Preble County Fair Queen and King on Saturday, June 20.
The 2015 Preble County Junior Fair King and Queen were announced on Saturday after the contest held at Preble Shawnee High School. Reece is a member of the National Trail FAA and Cruze represents Somers Super Beef 4-H Club.
Reece and Cruze will be seen walking throughout the Preble County Fair this summer, greeting visitors as well as handing out ribbons to show winners alongside species kings and queen during the upcoming fair.
Reece, who was Lamb/Wool Queen last year, said afterwards, “It means a lot to me because we have such a huge community, and have so many great candidates, some of them are my great friends, so it means a lot that I was chosen to represent the Preble County Fair this year as Queen.”
Cruze, who was Beef King last year, drew a laugh from the crowd while answering the question “what is your favorite part of the Preble County Fair?” His response: “I’d have to say my favorite part is the ice cream — I’m a big kid and I like my ice cream very much.”
The two were chosen king and queen from a pool of 11 contestants who vied for the two spots, three contestants for King and eight for Queen.
Those 11 contestants went through a series of interviews earlier in the day in front of judges, to help determine their total score. During the program, contestants for Queen and King spoke to the crowd, providing an introductory background before answering two questions in front of the crowd as part of their overall score.
The scoring system was based on the contestants’ scores on a scale of 100 points with 35 points for activities, 15 for an essay, 15 for advisor evaluation and 35 points for personal interview, poise and appearance.
While Reece was selected queen, Gabrielle Cooper of Spic N Span Pots N Pans 4-H Club was announced as first queen runner-up and Heather Brooks of Monroe Better Livestock 4-H Club was second runner-up.
Hunter Owens of Bouncing Bunnies 4-H Club was first runner-up and Stephen Garrett of Preble Lambs Unlimited and Preble County Dairy Goat 4-H Club, was second runner-up.
The event also announced the winners of 10 other species royalty positions.
Delaney Shively was announced as the Beef Queen and Tristen Withrow is the Canine Queen.
Alexis McCain is the Goat Queen and Cierra Rinehart is the Horse Queen.
The Horse Princess is Shelby Abrams and the Lamb/Wool Queen is Taylor Nuse.
The first ever Nutrition, Textile, and Arts Queen is Catie Millhouse.
Audrey Chesney was announced as the Poultry Queen and Rachel Farler is the Rabbit Queen.
Aubrey Stevenson is the Pork Queen for the 2015 Preble County Fair.
The Royalty Committee included Chair, Aubrey Stevenson, Adult Advisors Kim Fields and McKenna Marshall, Jacob Kamm, Catie Millhouse, and Kerriston Wilson.
The ceremony was emceed by the 2014 Queen and King Allie Unger and Mathias Marhshall.
The Preble County Fair is Sunday, Aug. 1 through Sunday, Aug. 8, at the Preble County Fairgrounds.