Canine royal court will be held again at the Lorain County Fair, giving members a chance to strut their stuff along with their respective furry friends.
Two winners will be selected on Monday, one prince or princess from the 12 to 14 age group and a king or queen for ages 15 to 18.
“This is all point based. It’s not a popularity contest,” said Jeannie Wagner, president of the Lorain County 4-H dog council. “They earn points throughout the year by showing their dog and working at various dog show events.”
Wagner said the canine royal court has been held at the fair for at least 15 years.
Her granddaughter, Mikaela Moore, 18, is a two-time winner — once as a princess and once as a queen along with her two Irish setters, Kiara and Dixie. She would like to see more participation in the court from young dog owners.
“You have to show your dogs for two years before you can run for canine court,” said Moore. “As soon as they do that they’re eligible for the running. You need to go above and beyond as far as coming to shows and helping out at them.”
There are five members of the court this year.
Killian Moore, 16, is running for king with his dog, Fidget, a mixed breed. He has been a member of the Rural Rebels 4-H club for nine years and a member of the 4-H band for three years. He is a student at Midview High School where he participates in band, track and field, and bowling.
Lauren Sedar, 18, of LaGrange is going for queen along with her shih tzu, Bandit. Lauren is also a nine-year member of the Rural Rebels 4-H club and belongs to Amherst Critters and Such, where she’s held the titles of president, vice president, and secretary. She is a 2016 graduate of Keystone High School and plans to study to be a veterinary technician at Cuyahoga Community College.
Kaitlynn Thiery, 17, is from Vermilion and also running for queen with the help of her mixed breed dog, Cass. She is a seven-year member of Amherst Critters and Such and attends the EHOVE Career Center in Milan. In addition to her 4-H activity, she is a member of the Girl Scouts, the LEO Club, and participates in track, soccer, and softball.
Allie Starner, 13, is in the running for princess with her labrador, Melody. She is from Wellington and an eight-year member of the K-9 Companions 4-H club and Pet Pals. She has served as secretary and vice president in her club and in student council at Wellington High School. She wants to go to college to become a teacher.
Taylor Wallace, 12, is bringing her golden retriever, Mia, with her from Elyria. Taylor is a seven-year member of the Rural Rebels 4-H club and is in her first year with the 4-H band. She attends Midview Middle School and is a member of the band. She also wants to become a veterinary technician in the future.
Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.
Courtesy photos Kaitlynn Thiery, Allie Starner, Taylor Wallace, Killian Moore, and Lauren Sedar make up this year’s Royal Canine Court.