The Times photo by Betsy Reason
The 2018 Miss Hamilton County 4-H Fair Queen Megan Wiley (right) poses for a photo with 2017 4-H Fair Queen Chloe Mills following the 2018 crowning. Wiley will crown the 2019 4-H Fair Queen on Friday night.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason The 2018 Miss Hamilton County 4-H Fair Queen Megan Wiley (right) poses for a photo with 2017 4-H Fair Queen Chloe Mills following the 2018 crowning. Wiley will crown the 2019 4-H Fair Queen on Friday night.
Wow, 27 contestants will vie for the title of Hamilton County 4-H Fair Queen on Friday night.
The number of contestants has more than doubled from the 2018 contest, when only 12 contestants competed.
Over the past several weeks, contestants have been meeting twice a week to learn everything they need to know to be a contestant. They have learned how to walk down the runway, responded to sample interview questions and learned choreography for a dance routine. They’ve received approval for their formal wear, business suit and other required contest attire. And they’ve gotten to know 4-H queen contestants from throughout the county.
One of the lucky contestants will be crowned to reign over the 2019 Hamilton County 4-H Fair.
But it isn’t necessarily luck that wins the competition.
Judging is based on three categories: Professional Wear (40 points), in which contestants model a business suit; a five-minute judges’ interview (100 points), during which contestants are judged on their ability to converse and their professionalism; and Formal Wear (60 points), during which contestants model an evening gown, while demonstrating stage presence and poise. (Please note, according to the rules, at least one portion of the dress must touch the floor.)
The 2018 4-H Fair Queen Megan Wiley will crown the winner on Friday night.
Last year was Wiley’s third time to compete in the contest. She attributed her win in 2018 to maturity from having a year of college behind her. She said what benefited her the most from the 4-H program for her future was "time management, always being confident and never be afraid to fail."
Wiley, a 2017 graduate of Hamilton Southeastern High School reigned over the 2018 4-H Fair and spent the past year representing Hamilton County at various events, including our city’s holiday parades, and has volunteered at various 4-H events and the 2019 State Fair Queen Contest.
Wiley, the daughter of Douglas and Kristi Wiley, was a five year member of the Giddy Up Gang 4-H Club and was involved in the Swine, Poultry and Foods projects and served three years as a member of the Pork Ambassadors. She will be a junior at Purdue University majoring in agriculture communications and double minoring in crop science and farm management.
The 2019 4-H Fair Queen Pageant begins at 7 p.m. Friday in the Hamilton County Exhibition Center on the 4-H Fairgrounds, 2003 E. Pleasant St., Noblesville. The contest is open to the public with free admission. Hamilton County Television will broadcast the contest live, sponsored by Reynolds Farm Equipment.
Here is a list of the contestants, 4-H club represented and parents’ names:
1. Traci Burris, Clover Kids, daughter of Lisa Burris.
2. Abigail Mayo, Husky 4-H’ers, daughter of Brian and Kerri Mayo.
3. Sarah Hope Bimmerle, Giddy Up Gang, daughter of Steve and Jill Bimmerle.
4. Katie LaReau, Carmel 4-C’s, daughter of Jerome and Jennie LaReau.
5. Morgan Gilbert, Llama Trekkers, daughter of Rich and Michelle Gilbert.
6. Emma Higginbotham, Sheridan Ag, daughter of John and Kim Higginbotham.
7. Ashlyn Robertson, Progressive Farmers, daughter of Chad and Amy Robertson
8. Hailey Rivers, Noblesville H & H, daughter of Larry and Cindy Rivers.
9. Emily Peterson, Husky 4-H’ers, daughter of John and Susan Peterson.
10. Karly Dean, Walnut Lassies & Laddies, daughter of Derrick and Wendy Dean and Todd Rayle.
11. Ava Hartman, Westfield City Slickers, daughter of Brian and Annette Hartman.
12. Kristin Moody, Noblesville H & H, daughter of Keith and Elizabeth Moody.
13. Madeline Teal, Walnut Lassies & Laddies, daughter of Tim and Deanna Teal.
14. Lauren Soukup, New Heights, daughter of Todd and Sarah Soukup.
15. Mya Lotarski, Winners Unlimited, daughter of Derek and Mandy Lotarski.
16. Laura Wertz, Hamilton County Jr. Sheep Association, daughter of Brad and Susan Wertz.
17. Lucy Wahnsiedler, Carmel 4-Star 4-H’ers, daughter of Kenneth and Catherine Wahnsiedler.
18. Madelyn Zola, Giddy Up Gang, daughter of Dave and Lisa Zola.
19. Emma Swain, Fishers Showstoppers, daughter of Rob and Lisa Swain.
20. Laura Elizabeth Josephine Vaughan, Lucky Robotics, daughter of George and Lisa Vaughan.
21. Maggie Adams, Sheridan Ag, daughter of Chris and Jennifer Adams.
22. Kathleen Canaday, Friends Forever, daughter of Shawn and Amy Canaday.
23. Lillianna Canaday, Friends Forever, daughter of Shawn and Amy Canaday.
24. Kylie Schakel, Jackson Hotshots, daughter of Chris and Dawn Schakel.
25. Brianna Schoettmer, Westfield Whiz Kids, daughter of Randal McDonald and Kathy Schoettmer.
26. Bridge Arnold, Westfield City Slickers, daughter of Kyle and Twyla Arnold.
27. Breanna Stewart, Jolly Rogers, daughter of Kenny and Leisha Stewart.
On Friday night, during a break in the pageant, emceed by Adam Good, there will be 83 10-year members and two nine-year members recognized on stage.
To be eligible for the 4-H Fair Queen pageant, a contestant must be 16 years old and no more than 20 years old by June 1, 2019. A contestant must be a current member of Hamilton County 4-H or completed her previous year in Hamilton County 4-H. No professional model (someone who earns her livelihood by modeling) is eligible for the state contest. A contestant who works for a high school or college fashion board is not considered a professional model. A contestant who has competed at the state fair finals cannot compete again.
The 4-H Fair opens July 18 and continues through July 22, with a livestock auction on July 23.
What else is going on this weekend?
Hamilton County Master Gardeners will have their annual public daylily sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in the far southwest corner of the 4-H Fairgrounds.
It’s Food Truck Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Federal Hill Commons in Noblesville. Flying Toasters will perform at Cool Creek Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. Friday.
On Sunday, Noblesville Cultural Arts Commission’s Mary Resler Summer Concert Series, dedicated in her name, will be at 6:30 p.m., featuring Pride of Indianapolis Concert Band at Federal Hill Commons (Noblesville High School in case of rain).
Watch for more on the 4-H Fair in upcoming editions of The Times.

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