Those are the words of Megan Doughty, 2017 Huron County Junior Fair Queen.
She is referring to the Olak twins, who were each a contestant in this year’s royalty pageant. The two will be seniors at St. Paul High School this year and are each members of the Huron County Clovers 4-H Club.
One of the twins, Kaitlynn was selected as the 2018 Huron County Junior Fair Queen Tuesday evening.
Not only did the judges have to choose between twins, they had to choose between a smaller court.
There were only five contestants this year, so the judges decided to allow each one to be an attendant.
“I was really shocked that there were only five girls running but all of the candidates have had strong involvement in fair so I knew the judges were going to have a tough decision anyways,” Doughty said. “I was very proud to hand it off to Kaitlynn” because she’s a really hard worker.”
The court consisted of Raegan Alsept, Lesley Burton, Kaitlynn and Regan Olak and Kaitlyn Spettle.
Regan Olak received first attendant while Alsept, Burton and Spettle all received second attendant.
Each contestant is asked “What is the most important thing you have learned with your represented organization and why?” along with a miscellaneous question, pulled out of a fishbowl.
After all questions are answered, the judges have time to make a decision while a pie auction takes place. The royalty is then announced and poses for pictures.
Kaitlynn Olak said now that she is queen, she hopes to “make a lot of changes to benefit the 4-H program.”
“I feel like I can do some good for Huron County and I’m excited,” Olak said.
There were no hard feelings between the twins.
Regan Olak said the two helped each other prepare by quizzing each other. She also said she is happy for her sister.
“The tears that I had were happy tears for her. Either way I was happy.”
Kaitlynn Olak also showed good sportsmanship.
“I was happy either way, whoever won,” she said.
The twins’ mother, Kathy Olak, said she was “very, very proud,” although she did not interfere with the girls’ preparation.
“I didn’t want one to think that one got more help than the other so they were on their own, to prepare on their own, so I stayed out of it. I said to each ‘may the best girl win,’” she said.
All five contestants had positive things to say about the 4-H program and their experience in the pageant.
When asked what their favorite part of 4-H is, all five of them mentioned the friendships they have made in the program.
“I think everybody in the whole county should know that this is really just a great program to get their kids involved in. It would be a wasted opportunity if they didn’t have them in it already,” Burton said.
One of the second attendants, Kaitlyn Spettle, had unique circumstances during the pageant.
She had to leave in the middle of the pageant for a hog showing and did not make it back until after the judges announced their decision.
“It (the hog showing) went pretty good. I was the fourth overall showman of everyone in the barn so that was pretty exciting for me, especially being my last year. It was such an honor to even be in the supreme final drive,” Spettle said.
She was also happy with how the pageant went.
“I think it went really well. I’m really happy for everyone; that we all got on court. It was a good experience for me,” Spettle said.
While answering her questions at the pageant, she mentioned a challenge for her was showing lambs.
She showed lambs for 11 years, despite being allergic to them and breaking out in hives often.
“I still pushed through every summer to get through training the animal even though I would get hives all the time,” she told the judges.
She does not regret doing so.
“The reward at the end is just well worth it,” she said.
Jenny Mercer, the Huron County Junior Fair Superintendent, said she thought the pageant went “really well.”
Mercer has been a coordinator of the event for 14 years.
“Since I gave up my crown, I’ve been helping out,” she said.
She also said she was happy with the results.
“I always am happy with what the judges decide. We pick judges that are knowledgable, both from the royalty perspective and the 4-H FFA so they very much understand what our contestants do and are involved in. So, I always trust and believe that they pick who is the right person,” Mercer said.
Each contestant has plans for bettering Huron County.
“I really want to go to my old school and talk to some of the kids during 4-H week. Also, I want to make fliers and different things to promote the program itself,” Burton said.
Alsept would like to approach volunteer services.
“I plan to go to some volunteer shelters or fire stations, police stations or maybe the army volunteer service. Maybe visit some hospitals or try to find some ways that we get people involved or get our name out there. That Huron County is supporting others besides just those in Huron County,” she said.
This year’s queen, who plans to major in business said she would like to get more businesses involved in 4-H.
“I would like to go into the schools and really promote 4-H and definitely get a lot more business in 4-H to promote 4-H and help their business grow,” Kaitlynn Olak said.