Riders Sweep Crown

WAPAKONETA — Two St. Marys graduates were named the royalty of the 160th Auglaize County Fair Monday evening.

When Sarah Wilker’s name was announced as the 2012 Auglaize County Junior Fair queen, she was surprised, even shedding a few tears after her emotional win.

“I was shocked,” Wilker said. “It’s definitely a great honor, and I’m very honored to represent Auglaize County.”

During her reign as the 2012 queen, Wilker said she will have to travel around the state.

“I will have to go to other area county fairs and talk about Auglaize,” she said. “Also at the shows throughout the week, be able to be there to present awards and things like that.”

This was Wilker’s first year being on the court, but she noted she did not make it last year.

“I tried out last year, but I didn’t make the court,” she said. “But I tried out again this year.”

Wilker, the daughter of Gene and Cindy Wilker, is a graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School. She is a 13-year member of Buckeye Beavers 4-H Club and she will attend the University of Dayton this fall.

Wilker’s fellow St. Marys graduate and Junior Fair committee member, Jacob Vogel will represent the males this year as the 2012 Auglaize County Junior Fair king.

“It was good,” Vogel said. “It felt good to win.”

He noted he decided to run after seeing others take home the title.

“When I was younger, I always looked up to the Junior Fair Board, the Junior Fair king, and I always wanted to be a part of that,” Vogel said.

As king, he noted he will also do some traveling.

“I will go to other fairs and meet with other kings and just learn more about 4-H,” he said.

Vogel, the son of Jeff and Ann Vogel of St. Marys, is a member of the Noble Sodbusters 4-H Club, and he will be attending UNOH in the fall.

The 2011 Auglaize County Junior Fair King and Queen Patrick Schwartz and Kayla Schneider had kicked off the ceremony by welcoming those in attendance to the coronation.

“Welcome to the 2012 Auglaize County Junior Fair King and Queen Coronation ceremony,” Schwartz said. “I would like to thank everyone for coming and for supporting the 2012 Auglaize County Fair.”

Schneider noted during her reign as 2011 Auglaize County Junior Fair Queen, she visited 13 county fairs and the Ohio State Fair. With her Monday evening were the 2011 Union County Fair Queen, the 2012 Union County Fair Queen, the 2011 Franklin County Queen and the Shelby County Fair Queen.

The two also thanked those who made donations for the Junior Fair coronation, including for the trophies, flowers and scholarships.

“In addition to their awards, the 2012 Junior Fair king and queen will each receive a $200 scholarship to be used toward tuition at any accredited college,” Schneider added.

The other 2012 Junior Fair queen candidates included Kaitlyn Lehmkuhl of Minster, Hayley Miller of Wapakoneta, Megan Timmerman of Minster and Angela Wilker of St. Marys. Lehmkuhl went home with the title of first runner-up.

The other Junior Fair king candidates included Nick Fisher of Wapakoneta, Cory Nedderman of New Bremen, Jamison Vogel of St. Marys and Nick Vogel of St. Marys. Nedderman went home with the title of first runner-up.