Logan County Fair crowns 2013 royalty (Audio included)
7/7/2013 8:53:25 PM
By Joel Penhorwood
The Logan County Fair crowned its 2013 royalty Sunday night.
The annual honor went to 2013 King Eric Escamilla and Queen Hannah Boy.
Queen Runner-Up was awarded to Ashley Wilson, a senior at Benjamin Logan High School.
The three junior fair members being considered for royalty showed their excitement throughout the selection process with upbeat answers and positive attitudes.
King Eric Escamilla, 17, is son of Anthony and Jane Escamilla. In addition to the county fair, he has been very active in sports including wrestling and football and has been involved in community service activities in recent years.
Listen to Escamilla talk about his new position as royalty
Queen Hannah Boy, 18, is daughter of Bill and Amy Boy. She has been extremely active in 4-H for many years, serving as the president of her club. A graduate of Bellefontaine High School, she has also been active in other extracurricular activities that benefit the community.
Listen to Queen Hannah Boy talk about the experience
Three judges were the deciding factor of the annual contest. They included Jill Gosche of Tiffin, Laura Schaller of Wood County, and Steve Shaner of Bowling Green. Each panelist had experience in fair royalty programs and is familiar with what it takes to be a county representative.
The event included an introduction from each candidate and an explanation of their fair experience as their qualifications for the position. The extremely well dressed participants were also required to answer a randomly drawn question given by Master of Ceremonies Matt Smith of WPKO/WBLL Radio.
Retiring King Kwinton Mansfield gave a farewell address to the new court and read a letter of encouragement from former queen Amanda Frasure who was unable to be in attendance due to a trip to Europe with the Ohio Ambassadors of Music.
Commodity representatives were also recognized at the ceremony along with words from the visiting Wood County Fair Court and Miss Ohio Galaxy.
Newly crowned king Eric Escamilla says he is excited for the coming year and the chance to be a part of so many different activities throughout the week and year.
The event was organized by Janie Foreman and Christie Barns. They noted their efforts were all for the youth and the contest keeps proving to be fun from year-to-year.
Listen to Royalty Contest Organizers Janie Foreman and Christie Barns talk about the contest
The also mentioned that though the number of candidates were lower than usual, they were confident in the new royalty’s ability to take on their heavy work load.
Fair royalty has a busy week ahead of them. They must assist with livestock shows in addition to representing the county in the many different fair events. Throughout the rest of the year, they will visit other celebrations throughout Ohio as representatives of Logan County.
The Logan County Fair starts Monday and runs through Saturday.