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The 2017 Carroll County Fair Royalty will be named at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, at the midway stage.
Candidates competing for the title of fair queen are:
Dominique Costarella, 17, of Hammondsville, daughter of Adam and Tina Costarella; Eden Dewitz, 19, of Mechanicstown, daughter of Zulema Dewitz; Bailee Griffeth, 19, of Carrollton, daughter of DJ and Amiee Griffeth; Bailey McKarns, 17, daughter of Kris and Dan McKarns; Eliza Days, 19, of Carrollton, daughter of Rodney and Connie Days; SadieAnn Romeo, 18, of Bowerston, daughter of Roger and Alison Romeo; LeaEllen Leslie, 17, of Candi and Tony Leslie; and Lynden Ferguson, 16, of Carrollton, daughter of Wayne and Jennifer Ferguson.
Costarella has been involved in several activities including a camp counselor in Carroll County, active member in the Western Reserve Pony Club since age 8, Carroll County Teen Leaders, taken piano lessons under Lynn Hartsough for nine years, art lessons under Diane Granger for six years, high school art club and Carroll County Outstanding Court.
She has been on the honor roll her entire junior year in school and received an academic letter for achieving a 30 on any portion of the ACT test. She has received several awards in the Pony Club and in Art.
Costarella has won several 4-H awards for the past seven years, including an Excellent in all projects every year aside from a Very Good rating in beef breeding in 2010. She is president of Kangaroo Krew 4-H Club and has served as vice president, treasurer, health and safety officer, treasurer, and journalist. She was also treasurer and secretary of Freedom Riders 4-H Club in 2014 and 2013 respectively.
She has been Stable Manager and captain of the Pony Club since 2012 and has been in charge of or organized Livestock Jamboree from 2014-2017 with various livestock demonstrations. She organized a craft for younger members at PC camp and helped organize and prepare for 4-H camp this year.
Working outside is her favorite thing to do. When she has free time, she enjoys art, working with cattle, camping with friends, kayaking and swimming. She also likes riding horses.
She hopes to attend the University of Tennessee or The Ohio State University on pre-medical track in neuroscience. She also hopes to attend medical school at one of those universities and attain a doctorate in neuroscience or neurosurgery.
Dewitz is a six-year member of the Carroll County Warriorettes, who perform baton twirling as part of parades and other community events. She was the 2015 Feature Twirler for the group.
She is an administrative assistant for Advanced Industrial Services at Kent State Tuscarawas, and participated in Town and Country Days. She is a volunteer firefighter and nine year honor member of 4-H and 2016 member of Outstanding Court. She coaches for baton and is President and Vice President of 4-H Club.
Dewitz enjoys spending time outdoors, riding four-wheelers, fishing, hiking, and spending time with friends and boyfriend. She helps milk at his family farm every other Sunday.
She enjoys attending tractor pulls, volunteering at Mechanicstown Pulls, spending time with family at her great grandparents and playing with her dogs. She loves animals a lot and enjoys going to the farm whenever possible.
She is attending Kent State Tuscarawas this fall as a Sophomore, majoring in Agribusiness with the main goal of achieving a masters in agribusiness with an emphasis on education. She also wants to be a 4-H advisor.
Griffeth has been an active member in 4-H for five years and has shown market hogs, market chickens and completed many different horse projects. She has also been a Carrollton FFA member for the past five years, during those years she has been active and achieved her Greenhand, Chapter and state degrees.
This fall she is traveling to the National FFA Convention to be awarded the American FFA degree, the highest award in the National FFA Organization. She has served as secretary and been numerous committee chairmans. She has found her career choice through FFA and is pursuing a Agriscience Education degree.
As a member of the Junior Fair, she has served on the Jr. Fair Board for three consecutive years, being secretary and vice president. She was also active on the newspaper and peewee showmanship committees during that time.
While away at college, Griffeth was accepted on to the Ohio State University's ATI's Peer Leader team, on this team we welcome new students and incoming freshman during summer orientation programs and help them with any questions they may have and help them stay on the right track academically. She is an active member at the Carrollton Church of God and attends church service regularly and help the church Community. She recently volunteered to help lead the Vacation Bible School.
She has been a four year 4-H honor member, 2014 Carroll County Outstanding Market Hog Exhibitor, 2013-2015 Carroll County Top 5 Outstanding Market Hog Exhibitor, 2013-2016 Carroll County Top 5 Outstanding Market Chicken Exhibitor, 2016 Carroll County Reserve Champion Market Hog, and 2016 Carroll County Fair Queen Runner-up.
She would like to be an advocate for agriculture and be able to educate the public about the agriculture industry and the opportunities within.
McKarns is a member of Carrollton FFA and is a NBC Scholar Athelete.
She is involved in St. John's Youth Group since 2004 to present, took Vocal Lessons, was a member of the varsity swim team, junior fairboard member 2014-2016, varsity golf team since 2014 and FFA 2014-2018.
In school she was involved in Carrollton High School plays and musicals since 2014, yearbook staff, chamber chorus, student council and was on the Winter Homecoming Court, prom committee, anti-tobacco use group, National Honor Society, ladies ensemble and Showstoppers show choir. She is taking post secondary courses as well.
She has been in the Carrollton High School Academic Hall of Fame for three years straight, grand champion born and raised steer in 2014, reserve grand champion carcass steer in 2015, champion of lamb care in 2015, grand champion carcass steer in 2016, reserve champion born and raised steer 2016, diversified livestock proficiency 2017, 10th at state public speaking contest, Outstanding Junior Carrollton FFA 2017, Music Study Club Scholarship winner in memory of Neva Locker 2017 and Rotary Youth Leadership Award 2017.
She has held leadership positions including FFA Chapter Sentinel, Vice President of Class of 2018, Yearbook Editor 2017-2018, Vice President of National Honor Society and FFA Chapter Treasurer. She has been in charge of FFA recruitment for 8th graders, organized yearbook party and strawberry sales assembly for prom committee.
She worked in Kensington Dairy Bar in 2015 and Free Press Standard Sports Photographer and Reporter in 2017.
Her passions are photography, reading, teaching and God. Her goals are to earn a degree from Kent State University double majoring in education grades fourth-ninth and English Education for children with mild to moderate learning disabilities with a minor in theology.
Days has participate din FFA since her freshman year of high school. She served as student advisor position of FFA her senior year. She earned second place at the state contest and fifth place at Big E Fair in Massachusetts in Dairy Handling CDE. She is Greenhand, Chapter and State FFA recipient, attended women in Ag. Leadership Conference and attended state and national FFA Conventions.
She has served as health/safety officer, treasurer, secretary, vice president and president of her 4-H Club, is an honor member of all years involved, served on Junior Fair Board for four years and held president position for two years and secretary for one year. She has been responsible for working multiple office hours shifts, shows and attending monthly meetings as well as Pee-Wee Showmanship, the JFB Newspaper and Awards Ceremony at the fair.
Over the years she has exhibited dairy heifer, dairy cow, market hog, carcass hog, cooking project, market chickens, dairy products, and pet rabbit. She earned showman of showman two years in dairy cattle products.
She is a four year letter winner in bowling and played volleyball her freshman year. In high school she was chosen as representative for the Carroll County Co-operative Youth tour to Washington DC her sophomore year, she served as treasurer and secretary. She was a secretary on the prom committee, an academic hall of fame member, yearbook club member, Spanish Club (freshman/sophomore year), Distinguished Honor Roll, Merit Roll, February 2016 Student of the Month, chamber chorus choir, choir, and teacher aide/office aide.
Days is a member of Carrollton Bible Chapel youth group, Bell Herron Outstanding Award and Scholarship and is currently attending the University of Mount Union for human resource management and marketing with a minor in business administration. She is a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority: Domestic Violence Awareness Philanthropy, participated in Up Til Dawn Event raising money for St. Jude Children's Hospital at UMU and participated in Relay for Life there. She served as Dairy Princess Runner-up in 2013 and Princess in 2014.
She loves to be outside in the sunshine and play with her puppy Gigi. She also loves cats, coffee and Jesus. In her spare time she hangs out with friends or go shopping, as well as going on a boat with family and skiing.
Romeo has served as Junior Fair Board vice president, sharpshooters president, A-Z president, teen leaders secretary, Outstanding Court 2016-2017, FCCLA chapter vice president, camp counselor 2015-2017, secretary for sharpshooters, rec officer for sharpshooters.
She is a nine year honor member state fair qualifier for qualifier for various projects, outstanding market exhibiter 2015 Gold Medal at State FCCLA, pastry competition 2017, best cake decorating project 2016, National Technical Honor Society certified shooting sports instructor, and graduated with distinction and perfect attendance.
She has participated in benefit auction, county fair, trash pickup, club fundraisers, shooting booth at fair, helping out at project judging, Peidmont U, making xtreme counselors, 4-H convention, Junior Fair Board convention, FCCLA pastry competition 2017, various animal shows.
She was in charge of teen leaders square dance, planted flowers at Health Department, newspaper committee at JFB, planned 4-H camp, square dance fundraiser, fair booth committee for sharp shooters and teen leaders.
Romeo will attend Hocking College for culinary and pastry arts in the fall. She plans to attend Kent State Tuscarawas to achieve a bachelor's in business. Her overall career plan is to own a bakery/cafe in Carrollton, and then move it to New York. She likes to cook and bake anything and in her free time read as well. She loves the outdoors and swimming.
Leslie is the vice president of the Fox Township Farmer's 4-H Club. In her five years of being in 4-H, she was a Junior Fair Board member for three of those years.
During her first year, she won Reserve Champion in market rabbits. In the years before she joined 4-H, she would help her grandma, Leanna Weir, in the Senior Fair Board Office.
She recently graduated from Malvern High School where she participated in volleyball and basketball ever since the seventh-grade and lettered in both sports. Both the volleyball and basketball team were district runners-up this past year. She proved her tenacity after facing several injuries during her sports career, but she came back and trained harder every time.
She attended R.G. Drage and took health technologies to further her knowledge in the medical field. She made merit roll and honor roll every nine week period. She carried an average of 3.5 GPA. During her Junior year she was certified for CPR and First Aid. This past year she got her certificate of completion of Allied Health and Nursing program assessment sequence. Also completed was the OSHA 10-hour General Industry (Healthcare) Course.
Leslie was president of Health Occupations Students of America chapter for the year 2016-2017. She attended a conference in Columbus with her fellow officers to better her communication skills. During her time in the health tech program she was in charge of the blood drive. During her senior year there were four blood drives.
Ferguson comes from a family with a lengthy agricultural background. Her family owns an Ohio Sesquicentennial Farm in Carroll County located in Lee Township and an additional farm in Fox Township.
She is a member of Carrollton FFA Chapter and currently holds the position of Secretary for the chapter. She has been a member in good standing and earned her Greenhand degree, Chapter degree and was honored with the Star Farmer award for outstanding sophomore. She has competed in equine state judging and working towards her State degree. The past two years she was one of the top sellers of FFA fruit, selling over $4,000 each year. She has attended both State and National Conventions.
She is a member of the Carroll County Kids 4-H group and have held several officer positions within the club. She is also a first-year member of the junior fair board and has participated with many animal projects at the Carroll County Fair which includes market chickens, market turkeys, dairy beef feeders, market steers and market hogs. She has won grand and reserve dairy feeders, reserve champion born and raised steer, Showman of Showman and competed in Super Showmanship.
Ferguson was dairy princess runner-up and also dairy princess for the Carroll County Dairy Board and during her reign, introduced "Daffodil," the Carroll County Dairy Board mascot. She made her appearance in many parades, functions and was on display at the Carroll County Fair to promote the Carroll County Dairy Industry. She also works part time for Kevin and Kristy Tullis on their dairy farm.
She is a member of the Harsh Memorial Methodist Church in Harlem Springs. Hobbies includes photography, all aspects of agricultural field, baking and everything outdoors. Her future plans are to be in the agricultural field but still undecided on a current major.
Candidates for the title of fair king are:
Dakota Walters, 17, of Carrollton, son of Emma Walters; Jacob Romeo, 17, of Bowerston, son of Roger and Allison Romeo; and Spencer Varney, 17, son of Steve and Trese Varney.
Walters has been a resident of Carroll County all his life and is a part of the Carrollton FFA Chapter. He has been involved in 4-H for six years and the FFA program for three. He is a senior at Carrollton High School where he has taken academically advanced courses throughout. He takes post secondary college courses and activities including chamber chorus, cross country, Spanish club and holds a part time job.
Walter has been secretary of 4-H club whre he had to keep notes and records of what would be discussed at every meeting. He was vice president of his 4-H as well. He has had to fulfill the duties as president during one meeting. He is an honor member each year he applied.
He was FFA reporter and received the FFA point system award three years in a row which is a calculation of all activities participated throughout the school year. He earned Swine Proficiency meaning Supervised Agricultural Experience was ranked highest. He placed fifth in a FFA district job interview contest. He practiced and and completed in Parliamentary Procedure and earned his Parli Pro pin to wear on his FFA jacket. His favorite thing he experienced through FFA was facing his twin sister in pig showmanship where he placed first and she placed second.
Romeo is a seven time 4-H honor member, four time 4-H state fair participant, 2017 Best of Day for shooting sports project at the county fair judging. Carrollton High School Honor Roll, over 30 ACT score.
He is a two time president of Teen Leaders Club, treasurer for sharpshooters and A-Z Clubs, recreation officer for sharpshooters, two time member of the 4-H Outstanding Court, 2016 Carroll County Fair King runner-up. He was in charge of Teen Leaders square dance fundraiser, flower planting at health department, second year camp counselor, campaigned for Skills USA vice president and Buckeye Career Center on the newspaper committee for the Jr. Fair, on the fair booth, committee for both sharpshooters and teen leaders.
Romeo participated in benefit auction, state fair judging, trash pickup, flower panting at Health department, square dance fundraiser, candy sale fundraiser, shooting booth assistant at fair, lead role in Kent Tusc Spring Play, Skills USA State Competition, went to Piedmont University two times, making extreme counselors twice, arrived to Junior Fair Board convention twice and 4-H convention twice, and he was also on the Carrollton High School speech and debate team.
His goal is to graduate college with a degree in theater and become an actor. His main hobby is parkour and testing his physical limits. He loves the outdoors, especially hiking and making people laugh.
Varney is a second year FFA member and seven year 4-H member. He is a fifth year 4-H honor member, member of the 4-H Outstanding Court, Greenhand and chapter FFA degree.
He has been FFA chapter vice president 4-H club president, past vice president and two year sophomore band representative. He was a member of Carrollton High School prom committee, marching band, contest band, National Barrel Horse Association and American Quarter Horse Association and attended Ohio State Fair.