The field for Huron County Junior Fair King and Queen is crowded this year as nine young women and six young men are competing for the titles.
Here are profiles of the candidates, beginning with those seeking the queen's crown:
Victoria Bacon, 19, is the daughter of Randolph and Suzanne Bacon. A 2006 graduate of South Central, she is currently attending OSU Technical Institute in Wooster as a horse production and management major.
A member of the Greenwich Country Cornhuskers, Bacon is taking a dairy beef feeder calf, a pygmy goat and a turkey to the county fair. She was also a member of the South Central FFA chapter, Junior Fair Board, a 4-H camp counselor and the newly-formed 4-H band. In college she is a member of the ski club, participated in charity runs at snow trails and is a member of the Horse Industry Club.
Dana Casada, the daughter of Debbie and Andy Hicks, is a 2007 graduate of Western Reserve and will attend North Central State College in the fall.
A member of the Bunny Busters club, Casada will exhibit breeding and marketing rabbits. She serves as president of her club and is a Junior Fair Board member. In school she was vice president of FCCLA and competed at state. She was also a member of Spanish Club, National Honor Society and in the choir.
Kirsten Good, the daughter of Anthony and Robin Good, is a junior at Bellevue High.
As a member of the Lyme Producers, she will show barrow hogs, a breeding rabbit and a market rabbit at the 2007 fair. As a Bellevue FFA member, she will also compete with a pair of fancy chickens and a welding panel.
Kelly Kaltenbach, 18, the daughter of Mike and Becky Kaltenbach, is a 2007 graduate of Bellevue High who attended college classes from Tiffin University and BGSU Firelands during her final year of high school. She will attend Ohio University next fall.
A 12-year member of Lyme Producers and vice-president, Kaltenbach has shown dairy heifers at the state and national level. She is also a member of the Junior Fair Board, a volunteer for the CarTeens Program and has participated in the 2007 Heart Walk, the 2006 Relay For Life, annual township trash pick-ups and worked for donations for the county Humane Society. She was also a matmaid, a chemistry tutor and a teacher's assistant in high school.
Jessica Keaton, 18 and the daughter of Angela Keaton, is a sophomore at Monroeville High School.
She will show breeding rabbits and a clothing project at the 2007 county fair. A member of Bunny Busters 4-H, she serves on the community service committee for the club. She also participates in the Monroeville FFA program and hopes to reach the level of state competition.
Roberta Kuhlman, 18, is the daughter of Rita and Lonnie Nead and Richard Kuhlman. A graduate of South Central, she will attend Firelands Regional Medical School of Nursing to earn a bachelor in science degree and RN certification.
Kuhlman is exhibiting an indoor gardening project, a clothing project, an educational display about alcohol and an art project. Her work will also be displayed in the school art section.
President of the Ripley Nifty Needlers and Cookers, she is a Junior Fair Board member, a youth representative for the 4-H committee, a Camp Conger counselor and was awarded the 2006 I Dare You leadership award. In school she was an office aide and participated in SADD, Model United Nations and Spanish Club. She was parliamentairan of NHS and secretary for Spanish Club.
Laura Miller, 17, is the daughter of Robert and Sue Miller and a senior at Bellevue High.
Her fair exhibits this year are chickens and photography. A member of Lyme Producers, she has held the offices of reporter, treasurer, secretary and safety officer. She also volunteers at the Bellevue Hospital and has participated in a community car wash.
Meagan Michelle Music, 17 and the daughter of Michelle Giles and Brett Music, will be a freshman at the University of Findlay in pre-veterinary science.
As a member of Northside Country Kids, she will have 2007 fair exhibits in swine, turkeys and creative costume categories. She also is a member of National Honor Society and participates in cross country, track, church activities, blood drives and volunteer activities at local nursing homes.
Maria Zimmerman, 17, is the daughter of Steve and Judy Zimmerman and a senior at Western Reserve. A member of Hartland New Horizons, she is exhibiting dairy feeder calves, market hogs and vegetables. She is also submitting projects in Writing and Reporting for Teens and has a self-determined project in which she has organized a Huron County 4-H Band.
Zimmerman is a member of National Honor Society and is president of her 4-H club and of the Western Reserve FFA. She is also active in SALT and Spanish Club and is on the basketball and softball teams.
Zimmerman also volunteers for the Senior Citizens Prom, is president of the Huron County Youth Grantmaking Council and participates in the Norwalk Relay for Life. And here are the king candidates:
Richard Bolden is a graduate of Western Reserve and the son of Richard and Anita Bolden. He will attend The Ohio State University's ATI program in Wooster in the fall to study agricultural commerce.
An 11-year member of Wakeman Blue Ribbons, he is now serving his third year as president and served in several offices previously. He has received many Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion and Showmanship honors. He held several offices and received numerous awards through FFA including the Ag Science 1 Scholarship Award, Star Greenhand Business Award, Star Chapter Farmer Award, Blue and Gold Award, AgBusiness 1 Award and USAA National Agricultural Award.
Bolden earned his FAA state degree in 2006 and will receive his American degree this fall. He has been awarded eight scholarships for his continuing education.
Weston Boose, 17, is the son of Terry and Mary Lisa Boose and a senior at St. Paul. He has applied for a cadet slot at West Point. A member of Hartland New Horizons, he has served as a counselor at 4-H Camp Conger for two years and is taking "You're the Chef" as a project.
Boose is treasurer of both Key Club and student council at St. Paul, attended Huron County Junior Leadership Project, is an active member of National Honor Society, serves as a Eucharistic Minister and volunteers for several other activities. He is also a member of St. Paul's football and track teams and has performed in several musicals.
Frank Gannett, a senior at South Central and the son of Norman and Kelly Gannett, plans to attend the University of Findlay to major in pre-veterinary medicine. He will exhibit a feeder calf, market broilers, market lambs and a woodworking project at the fair.
He is president of South Central FFA and Town and Country 4-H. Gannett was also a camp counselor and is a Junior Fair Board member. He is also in National Honor Society and SADD.
Nicholas Nay, 17, is the son of Charlie and Mariellen Nay and is a senior at Norwalk High. He plans to pursue a college degree in zoology or wildlife management. He will exhibit two rabbits, a woodworking project, vegetable gardening, photography and an animal science project.
He is vice president of 4-Leaf Clovers 4-H club and in Key Club, art club, student council, Shadow, Norwalk High Select Choir and Show Choir. Nay was elected junior class Homecoming representative and is also active in his church in choir, at Mass, as lector and as teacher for first grade religion and summer Bible school.
He has volunteered for Relay for Life and is active in Boy Scouts, earning the Adaltari Day award and position of patrol leader.
Justin Roth, 16, is the son of Russell and Jean Roth and a junior at St. Paul. He plans to attend Bowling Green State University to major in photography and public relations. He is exhibiting a dairy steer, feeder calf and crops. He is also entering photography projects in junior fair and open class.
Roth is a 10-year member of Ridgefield Country Kids and has served as president, vice president and in other offices. He has earned numerous awards in photography and also volunteers for numerous community activities. Roth said he wants to use his skills to show others how 4-H can help youth.
Bradley Watson, 18, is the son of Tim and Janice Watson. A 2007 graduate of Bellevue High School, he will attend The Ohio State University in the fall to major in athletic training. His fair exhibits include a beef market steer, a dairy market steer, a beef feeder calf and a boar market kid.
He is president of the Lyme Producers and also president of the Huron County Junior Fair Board and part of the 4-H committee. In high school Watson played football and basketball, was vice president National Honor Society, was in student council and French Club. He was co-founder of a National Honor Society Leadership Conference and a member of Huron County Junior Leadership Project. He earned his state FFA degree in 2006 and also received the CYO basketball award this year.