Photos by Jason Hawk | Civitas Media Austin Washburn of New London and Katie Cline of Amherst are crowned Lorain County Junior Fair king and queen.
Hundreds gathered near the grandstand Monday to participate in a flag raising ceremony to open the 170th Annual Lorain County Fair and see the crowning of the Junior Fair king and queen.
Fair president Kim Meyers welcomed everyone to the 170th Lorain County Fair.
“It’s hard to believe 170 years,” James K. Polk was the president of the United States and states Florida and Texas were being admitted as states to the Union, he remarked.
The fair is a tradition that has grown over the years.
“You are all today part of that tradition,” Meyers said. “This is a tradition that’s a great thing to be a part of and it’s been around for a long time and we hope its around for a long time after us.”
The fair president commended board members, 4-H members, and advisors for their hard work and dedication to make this year’s fair possible.
After long moments of breath-holding suspense, Austin Washburn and Katie Cline were crowned the Junior Fair king and queen.
Cline, of Amherst, is a nine-year member of the Bits and Spurs 4-H Club and Washburn, of New London, is a 12-year member of the Brighton Buckeyes 4-H Club.
“The organization of the Lorain County Junior Fair has given me the knowledge in my head and the spring in my step in guiding me down the right path to my future,” Cline said after accepting her crown. “My experiences have shaped the individual I am and will empower me to go the extra mile.”
Cline said fair involvement has helped her overcome fears and make an impact on the lives of others.
“One of my greatest struggles is with my fear of public speaking,” Cline said. “I remember being so shy at my first 4-H meeting. I had butterflies in my stomach and pains in my appendix.”
Washburn said the Junior Fair has also helped shape him into the man he has become.
He said it was hard to put his finger on just one experience that led him to pursue a degree in agriculture. Most of that credit rests on high school classes, he said.
Our world revolves around agriculture and the people with the skills to improve the agriculture, Washburn said.
“I’ve made the decision to become one of those agriculturally-minded people who (is) constantly changing agriculture for our future generations,” he said.
Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-775-1611 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.