MILTON—As Nichole Wilson retired her sash and barn boots as a member of the 2014 Rock County 4–H Fair Royalty Court on Saturday night, she gave advice to the 13 contestants for the royal court at this year's fair:
“Whether you leave here with flowers in your hands, a sash and a crown … be proud of all you accomplished. This is a small chapter of your life as a leader.”
The royal court from last year's fair crowned the 2015 4-H fair's queen, Consolidated 4-H member and Milton High School graduate Abigail Martin, and the fair's king, Evansville High School FFA member Kehler George, during a ceremony at the Milton High School auditorium.
The two, along with eight others chosen by judges for this year's fair court, will be the public relations face for the Rock County 4-H Fair.
They'll make local appearances leading up to the fair in Janesville, which this year is July 28 to Aug. 2.
At the fair, Martin, George and the court will man the fair's ambassador tent, which focuses on fostering interest in the fair, 4–H and FFA among young people.
Martin is a freshman at UW–Madison, where she studies dairy science. She plans to work in the dairy industry.
She also was named the Rock County 4–H Fair's delegate to this year's Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs, a statewide fair pageant that has delegates from each county fair.
George plans to take a short course in crop and field management and then study diesel mechanics. He said he wants to help at his family's farm and someday run his own diesel repair shop.
Others named to the fair court:
Debra Krebs, Lima 4-H; Lacee Karkosh, Milton FFA; Leah Kasprzak, Badger 4-H; Jorie Andrew, Magnolia 4-H; Ali Weilbrenner, La Prairie 4-H; Caitlyn Wileman, Johnstown 4-H; Taylor Puckett, Evansville FFA; and Courtney Wille, Fulton 4-H.