MEDINA — If it weren’t for the Medina County Fair, 19-year-old Wadsworth resident Katy Mooney wouldn’t be here.
Her parents met there, “at that tree, right there” Mooney said as she pointed to a tree outside the fairgrounds pavilion Monday night during her speech at the Medina County Fair Royal Court pageant.
Twenty-six years after the chance encounter, Mooney was crowned queen of the court, smiling for pictures and linking arms with this year’s king, Logan Bryant, 18, of Litchfield Township.
Last year’s king and queen, Jerry Chidsey, 19, of Chatham Township, and Caci-Lane Lewandowski, 19, of Sharon Township, presented the new royalty with sashes, a tiara for the queen and a belt buckle for the king.
Last year’s second-runner-up, Mooney said she was “pleasantly surprised” to hear her name called as queen.
“I’ve always wanted to be fair queen,” she said.
Mooney will be a sophomore at Kent State University this fall and is studying chemistry with the goal of going to dental school.
She is involved in her sorority at school, Chi Omega, 4-H Junior Fair Board and volunteering with people who have mental and physical disabilities.
For Bryant, being crowned king was a continuation of his already extensive involvement with the Medina County Fair.
The rising Buckeye senior is president of the Junior Fair Board, as well as an Eagle Scout and marching band member.
He said he hopes to go to Princeton University next fall to study physics.
Bryant said he also was surprised to be chosen as king, as it was his first year running for fair court.
“I know both the (other) competitors,” Bryant said. “I told them it would be an honor to hand my belt buckle to either of them next year.”
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The three male contestants and 12 female contestants each introduced themselves to the audience of a few hundred people and answered two interview questions.
Mooney’s first question was what product or group she would most like to represent as a spokeswoman. She answered “4-H” because it “turned her into the person I am today.”
Second, she was asked to define what the word “responsibility” meant to her, and she described her experience as an older sister and always being there for her brothers.
Logan’s first question was what he thought is the biggest challenge facing young people today, and he responded with “peer pressure.”
The word he was asked to define as it pertained to him was “cooperation,” and he said it was the ability “to work with others.”
The competitors’ final scores were a composite of their performance Monday as well as interviews with the judges conducted last month, community involvement and academic success.
First and second runners-up in the queen competition were Kate Fike, 18, of Medina, and Kaitlyn Grace Laugesen, 19, of Hinckley Township, respectively.
First and second runners-up in the king competition were Justin Packard, 19, of Medina, and Martin Weigel, 17, of Liverpool Township.
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