Junior Fair singles out 4 teens for royal treatment


The Vindicator ( Youngstown)

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Melissa Moliterno, 17, left, the 2011 Junior Fair queen, gets her tiara from last year’s queen DeLorean Jones of Austintown. Melissa, of Canfield, received the honor Thursday at the Canfield Fair’s annual Youth Day Royal Court ceremony.

The Vindicator ( Youngstown)

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Zach Adams, 17, of Berlin Center, is the 2011 Junior Fair King. Zach, a senior at Western Reserve High School, has been involved 4-H activities for 11 years. He is a member of the Mahoning County Outdoorsmen.

The Vindicator ( Youngstown)

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Sara Cummings and Joshua Kramer were selected as 2011 Outstanding Youth winners. Outstanding Youth candidates represent youths involved in any of the seven Junior Fair organizations: Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, 4-H, Camp Fire, Future Farmers of America, Grange and Farm Bureau.

By Elise Franco

efranco@vindy.com

Canfield

The Junior Fair tradition continues as the 2011 Royal Court king and queen began their reign at the Canfield Fair.

Melissa Moliterno, 17, of Canfield, and Zachary Adams, 17, of Berlin Center, were chosen as the new Junior Fair queen and king. The pair were crowned Thursday during the annual Youth Day Royal Court Ceremony.

Both Adams and Moliterno said this was an achievement they’d both strived for as members of 4-H.

“It’s a great way to represent 4-H and a huge honor,” said Adams, who has been in 4-H for 11 years.

Moliterno, a 13-year-member, said she hopes being queen will paint her as a good role model to younger 4-H generations.

“I want to be a good representative of the 4-H project,” she said. “I am honored to be the person others will associate with the 4-H name.”

The 2011 Outstanding Youth winners, Sara Cummings and Joshua Kramer, were also announced. While the Royal Court represents 4-H members only, Outstanding Youth candidates represent those involved in any of the seven Junior Fair organizations — Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, 4-H, Camp Fire, Future Farmers of America, Grange and Farm Bureau.

Kim Moff, Junior Fair manager, said the Junior Fair program, which chose its first Junior Fair board in 1929, is important for the young people involved.

Moff said the Royal Court and Outstanding Youth are opportunities for the leaders of the pack to break through.

“It gives these kids who have worked hard the opportunity to be acknowledged for their accomplishments,” she said. “These are the ones who have filtered to the top as leaders of their communities.”

The first Royal Court king and queen were crowed in 1954. Leland Knauf, crowned king that year, attended Thursday’s crowning with his wife, Virginia.

Virginia Knauf, of Ellsworth, said she thinks the Junior Fair is a special program. She said 4-H runs in her family, and she’s glad to see the younger generations’ continued interest.

“[Leland] and I were both in, and our three children were all Royal Court king or queen,” she said. “It’s wonderful.”

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