The Times photo by Betsy ReasonChloe Mills, 18, of Arcadia, takes her first walk as the 2017 Hamilton County 4-H Fair Queen.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason

Chloe Mills, 18, of Arcadia, takes her first walk as the 2017 Hamilton County 4-H Fair Queen.

Chloe Mills, 18, of Arcadia, was announced the Queen of the Hamilton County 4-H Fair. Mills is a member of the Harey Hoppers, and recently graduated from Hamilton Heights.

This is the second year she has participated in the 4-H Queen Pageant, and in her 10 years in 4-H she has completed 37 projects.

For Mills 4-H was an opportunity to step out of her comfort zone and meet new people.

"Over the last 10 years my favorite part has been all the people you get to meet, there are so many things you get to learn like I knew nothing about cattle or sheep and I've learned so much a about that and all the other projects."

Next year she plans to attend Purdue University.

Although Mills anticipates some challenges fuffiling her royal dutues while also attending school, she believes she will be able to handle it.

"I think balancing being a queen and going to college is going to be difficult, but I really am going to try to be really involved in my community especially at Hamilton Heights. And I really just want to get more 4-H'ers to join."

Runners up for the evening were Viktoria Mills as first runner up, Emma Swain, as second and Rebeca Hayes as third. Crystal Xue was voted Miss Congeniality by her peers.

"It's such a great honor, because it is voted for by our peers, and so it's just such an honor that they chose," said Xue, who will be a senior at Carmel High School this year.

Chloe is the daughter of Philip and Deborah Mills.

"We are so excited and happy that she was able to get that on her last year," said Deborah Mills.

As Queen, Mills and her court will be attending each event at the fair, and will be expected to participate in numerous events throughout the year, including Noblesville's Christmas and Fourth of July Parades.

Friday's event also marked the 50th time that Phyllis E. Davis played at the Queen Pageant. She wowed the crowd with her rendition of John William's "Theme from Sabrina."

Mills was presented the Crown by 2016 Hamilton County Queen Rachel Adams, who will be a senior at Sheridan High School.

Adams called the event a "bittersweet moment" and said "it was a great privilege being able to be a role model to young 4-H members."

Mills said after all the trials and challenges of preparing for the pageant, she knows that she and the other contestants will be lifelong friends.