Lexi Troyer named Tuscarawas County Fair Queen

Lexi Troyer named Tuscarawas County Fair Queen

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Lexi Troyer, 17, of Sugarcreek was named 2022 Tuscarawas County Fair Queen at pre-fair activities Sunday night. Troyer, the daughter of Clint and Lisa Troyer, is a senior at Garaway High School and a nine-year member of the Buckhorn Buckeyes 4-H Club.

Troyer is looking forward to fulfilling her duties as fair queen. She has always looked up to the fair queen since she was a 9-year-old.

“I thought she was just the best person in the world. So, it's really crazy that now I am that person. And I get to be the role model to the younger kids out there,” Troyer said.

In 2017, Troyer held the title of Tuscarawas County Junior Dairy princess, during that year she traveled to many fairs, parades festivals. It’s something she’s looking forward to doing again.

“Through this upcoming reign, I am looking forward to traveling and just getting out there and meeting new people,” Troyer said.

Wendy Vogel, organizer of the fair queen competition, was touched by the essay Troyer wrote as part of the selection process.

“I talked a lot about my involvement in the 4-H program and about how grateful I am for the support our 4-H program gets from the awesome individuals we have behind the scenes of the Tuscarawas County 4-H program,” Troyer said.

Troyer realizes she has big shoes to fill.

“All of our past fair queens that I have come in contact with, they have done an absolutely amazing job. So, I have my standards very high, and I will try my absolute very best to hit them,” Troyer said.

Troyer will be exhibiting a market steer and a dairy heifer at this year’s fair. She said there is much time that goes into raising the animals.

“I’m very excited for this week to bring it all together and show off what I've done this past 11 months (with the market steer,)” Troyer said. “It's been an important part of my life.”

There were no candidates for fair king this year, other contestants participating in the queen contest were: Brianna Beaber, 16, of Stone Creek, a member of the Happy Homesteaders 4-H club and the Indian Valley FFA Chapter. Norah Chismar, 17, of Dover, an 11-year member of the 4-H Pioneers 4-H Club. Lilyin Specht, 17, of New Philadelphia, a member of the 4-H Farmers & Friends 4-H Club. Laura Weaver, 17, of Dover, an eight-year member of the Prime Cuts 4-H Club. Tracy Zurfley, 19, of Dover a 12-year member of the Brandywine 4-Her’s and a one year member of the Indian Valley FFA.

Zurfley was later presented with the 2022 Sandy Wardell Memorial award for Outstanding Junior Leadership. The 4-H Committee presented scholarships to Meadow Duvall and Makayla Frink of Boots n Chutes and Makayla Sitzlar of Brandywine 4-H.

Fair board president Reb Billman welcomed everyone to the pre-fair events and announced the winner of the Outstanding Fair Supporter Award for 2022 was the Bob Sensel family. Ryan Pastircak of WJER was the master of ceremonies for the queen competition.

“I'd like to thank the senior fair board for giving me the opportunity to work with these kids. Every year I say it, but the goals that some of them have are unbelievable. The accomplishments they have already done are amazing,” Vogel said of the fair queen contest.

Emma Rose Lewis, the reigning Miss Clayland, visited during the event and she even took home a package of frozen pork burgers to enjoy later.

“I love coming down to this area and being with the community here. It's just such a wonderful place to be,” Lewis said. She also spoke about the opportunities available through the Miss Clayland and other Miss America programs that have allowed her to complete college and post college with little debt.

In what has become a yearly tradition, the Quilts of Valor program presented seven quilts to area veterans in honor of their service to the United States. The quilts were made by 4-H members and other volunteers.

Those receiving quilts were:

Art Scott who served 27 years in the United States Navy Reserve, John Welling a member of the Army Corp of Engineers 23rd Engineers Third Armored Division, Joe Wheeler a member of the United States Army who served in Afghanistan and he is still a member of the reserve, Fred Pfieffer who served in the Army National Guard, Ramon Heredia who served in the U.S. Army National Guard and in the reserve, Annette Amistadi who currently serves in the Ohio Army National Guard and has served in Afghanistan and Kuwait, and Ernie Gribi who served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.

Eleven baskets featuring a commemorative cutting board and other items were auctioned off to support the fair, with the eleventh basket providing funds for the queen contest. The first basket went to Willard and Jaime Kieffer of Jamie’s Apple Treats for $825, purchasing the remaining baskets were Wolfe’s Lawn and Landscaping $600, Rod Endsley Real Estate Brokerage Co. $650, Mark and Jaime Beaber of Beitzel Meats $400, WG Dairy Supply, Tim Garber $500, Chet and Jen Randolph family $500, Chris Rufenacht family $500, Boltz Family Farms Market $450, Logan and Bailey Wilson $500, Scott and Jen Swaldo family $450, and Clint and Lisa Troyer $1000.

Companion animal, miscellaneous and FCS project awards were also presented after the auction.

The Tuscarawas County Fair continues through Sunday Sept. 25 when it wraps up with the Demolition Derby. Visit www.tusccofairgrounds.com for a complete schedule of events.