Royal Court members from the last 50 years turned out for the ceremonies.
By MARALINE KUBIK
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
CANFIELD -- Andrew Yocum and Katie Marie Houk both were members of the 4-H Royal Court last year, and both had dreamed of being crowned -- Andrew since he was 9 and a new member of 4-H, Katie as soon as she found out her mom was crowned queen in the 1970s.
Neither won the honor in 2003, but both were crowned this year, the 50th anniversary of the 4-H Royal Court.
To honor their coronations and the Royal Court's 50th anniversary, dozens of former Royal Court members turned out, including the first king and queen, Leland Knauf of Canfield and Gloria (Schumaker) Cutsler of Leechburg, Pa., formerly of Canfield. They were crowned in 1954.
Attending the Canfield Fair has been a lifelong tradition for both.
"I've never missed a fair in my life," said Knauf, who still lives on the same Knauf Road farm where he grew up.
Cutsler said she plans vacations to coincide with the fair and almost always makes it to Canfield in time to see the 4-H king and queen crowned. The event is always Thursday.
Being crowned king "is the epitome of all I've done in 4-H," Andrew said. The 18-year-old freshman at Kent State University plans to attend medical school and become a trauma surgeon. He is eligible to participate in 4-H one more year.
He lives in Beaver Township, has belonged to 4-H for 11 years and is a member of Creative Kids 4-H Club.
He was a clock award winner at the Ohio State Fair for first aid and was a pocket pet best-of-breed winner. He is a member of Junior Leaders, is on the 4-H advisory committee and has been a Cloverbud counselor. Andrew also is active as an emergency medical technician for the Beaver Township Fire Department.
His parents are Troy and Kris Yocum.
And the queen
Katie, 18, of Springfield Township, is a member of the Springfield Booster Boys 4-H Club, has been in 4-H for 11 years and is a freshman at Ohio State University, where she plans to earn a degree in animal science with an emphasis on pre-veterinary medicine and agribusiness with an emphasis on farm management. She hopes eventually to become a veterinarian.
Katie is a three-time Showman of Showman winner, 4-H ambassador, skill-a-thon winner in both steers and swine and is a Junior Fair Board member. She has won Outstanding of the Day awards at the Ohio State Fair in photography, foods and nutrition and veterinary science.
Her parents are Kathy and George Houk.