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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 22, 2018

Daugherty named fair queen

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Jun 28, 2018
Photo by: ANDY HALLMAN/Ledger photo The 2018 Greater Jefferson County Fair queen candidates are, from left, Kelly Myers, Lily Brown, Katie Jones (Miss Congeniality), Kristen Daugherty (queen), Hollie Nelson (first runner-up) and Hunter Lock. Daugherty will represent Jefferson County at the Iowa State Fair Aug. 9-19 in Des Moines.

Kristen Daugherty was named the 2018 Greater Jefferson County Fair Queen Wednesday night.

Daugherty competed against five other girls for the honor. The girls appeared on the show arena stage twice, the first time in less formal attire, and the second time in a dress. They introduced their escort, and all answered the same question on stage, which was “What community service do you see yourself doing in the future?”

Daugherty said 4-H and Girl Scouts mean the world to her, so she would look for opportunities to give back to them.

“I’ve been involved in Girl Scouts and 4-H ever since I started school,” she said. “I started in 4-H as a Clover Kid, and as a Daisy in Girl Scouts when I was in kindergarten.”

Daugherty said belonging to those two organizations gave her a chance to hone her speaking skills and build her confidence. With each passing year, she felt more comfortable talking to the judges about her exhibits in the Activities Building.

“They’ve both developed me into the person I am today,” she said. “I’ve met so many friends through them.”

A large share of the queen contest transpires well before the girls take the stage that night. Daugherty said the six of them met Wednesday morning for a group interview. The girls were asked about hot topics in society, and had a cordial back-and-forth discussion.

Several girls got their hair done together, and then had individual interviews. Those questions were mostly about the girls’ personal life.

“There was a lot that went on behind the scenes with several interviews and the judges getting to know us,” Daugherty said.

Daugherty, 18, is the daughter of Joe and Stacey Daugherty of Fairfield. Throughout high school, Daugherty was active in band, track, student council, volleyball, vocal and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Daugherty and fellow contestant Hollie Nelson both graduated from Fairfield High School this year. The other four contestants are from Pekin High School. Lily Brown graduated from the school this year, while the other three, Katie Jones, Hunter Lock and Kelly Myers, will be seniors this fall. Jones was named Miss Congeniality, and Nelson was named first runner-up.

“I knew five out of the six candidates before today,” Daugherty said. “I knew Hollie, of course, from being involved in the same activities. Lily is in my 4-H club, so I’ve known her for several years. The others I met earlier this year in 4-H Teen Council. I’m glad I did teen council and the queen contest so that I was able to meet these girls. I just met Kelly through this contest, and we’ve all become really good friends.”

Daugherty said she’s excited to represent Jefferson County at the state fair, which is Aug. 9-19 in Des Moines.

“I really look forward to being a role model to younger girls, like we saw in the Little Miss Pageant, and encourage other 4-H-ers to try new things,” she said. “I just thought I would try this to get outside my comfort zone.”

 

Little Miss

Seven-year-old Scout Lock won the Little Miss Contest held just before the queen contest. Lock was one of 11 contestants who competed in the contests, where the girls were asked to dress as a “world traveler.” Lock brought a suitcase covered in city names from all over the globe.

Lock is the daughter of Dave and Shawn Lock of Packwood. First runner-up was Lauren White, 7, daughter of Josh and Amy White of Fairfield. Second runner-up was Peyton Freeman, 8, daughter of Brad and Kolby Freeman of Mt. Pleasant.

 

 

 

 

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