The grandstand was packed with fair-goers Sunday evening who showed up to watch the crowning of the 2012 Champaign County Fair Queen (pictured left to right Caitlin Yoh, Rachel Routzong, Kelly Weddell, Mikayla Bodey, Maggie Neer, Logan Burroughs, Hailie Cassady and Marley Tullis).
Mikayla Bodey, 16, of St. Paris, was selected as the 2012 Champaign County Fair Queen, bringing a close to 2011 Queen Addie Dixon’s reign. Bodey attends Graham High School and is very active in the fair.
Bodey is the Vice President of the Junior Fair Board, President of the Food and Fashion Board, a 4-H Camp Counselor and a member of the Junior Leadership Club. She also shows horses, hogs, scrapbooking, nutrition, public speaking, sewing and leadership 4-H projects.
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Watch Bodey win the Champaign County Fair Queen contest
Bodey says winning fair queen seems surreal.
Listen to Bodey describe winning fair queen
Kelly Weddell, 17, of St. Paris, took 1st runner-up fair queen. Weddell attends Graham High School. She shows horses at the fair and is also a 4-H Camp Counselor.
Weddell says taking part in the contest has been an exciting experience.
Listen to Weddell talk about her experience in the contest
Maggie Neer, 17, of Urbana, won 2nd runner-up in the contest. Neer is a student at Mechanicsburg High School, where she serves as a FFA officer. She also shows market lambs and market hogs at the fair.
Neer says the best part of running for Champaign County Fair Queen is the opportunity to meet new people.
Listen to Neer talk about her favorite part of running for fair queen
Other contestants included Logan Burroughs, Hailie Cassady, Rachel Routzong, Marley Tullis and Caitlin Yoh.
Champaign County Family Court Judge Brett Gilbert served as the Master of Ceremonies for the event. Judges were Champaign County Common Pleas Court Judge Roger B. Wilson, Sherry Stocksdale, George Coomer, Susie Westfall and Andy Yoder.
Vernon Family Funeral Homes gave away cash awards to the winners. They also gave away DVDs and photos to all of the contestants as a keepsake. Gift certificates were given to the winners by Sweet Annie’s, Leslie Broadstone and the Country Gentleman.
The 4-H and FFA boy and girl of the year were also chosen Sunday night. 4-H Boy of the Year went to John Brugger, 18, of Urbana. Cortney Dingledine, 18, of Mechanicsburg, was selected as the 4-H Girl of the Year (pictured right: left to right Rich Goddard, Dingledine, Brugger and Steve Goddard).
Logan Eades, 18, of Mechanicsburg, won FFA Boy of the Year. FFA Girl of the Year went to 2010 Champaign County Fair Queen Shelby Faulkner, 19, of Urbana (pictured bottom left).