4-H king, queen crowned at 2012 fair
By Ashley Luthern
This year’s 4-H King and Queen have 21 years of experience between them and called their coronation the “capstone” to their time in the organization.
“4-H taught me responsibility,” said Sam Barnhouse, a senior at Western Reserve High School, who was crowned king Thursday afternoon at the Canfield Fair.
The queen, Michele Awad, a sophomore at Youngstown State University, said that her most challenging projects ended up being her favorites.
“Ten years ago, I never would have guessed I would be bringing steer to the Canfield Fair,” Awad said. “I was not born into a 4-H family.”
Barnhouse encouraged others to join 4-H, saying that it’s not just about livestock.
“There’s not enough awareness of the small projects, like sewing, woodworking, scrapbooking and photography,” he said.
Janice Hanna, 4-H educator at the Ohio State University Extension Office in Canfield, introduced the members of the 4-H Royal Court: Rachelle Fair, Samantha Lawless, Colleen Maskarinsec, Danielle Yuhas, Brandon Benson, Josh Harbin, Evan Wehr and Brian Wolfe.
“I’ve been presenting this for 10 years, and I’m still impressed by the level of talent and ability,” Hanna said. “Regardless of who is named king and queen, you all have the right to be very proud of yourselves.”
Leland Knauf, of Canfield, was named the first 4-H king in 1954. He was on hand Thursday to present Awad and Barnhouse trophies in recognition of their coronation.
“4-H provides a lasting friendship and connection you never lose. It’s like you’re one great big family,” Knauf said.
Thursday was Youth Day at the Canfield Fair. Awad, who serves as Junior Fair Board president, and Justin Moff, a sophomore at Youngstown University, won Junior Fair Outstanding Youth.
Junior Fair Outstanding Youth candidates were Sarah Mendenhall, Maryssa Barnett, Mike Douglas, Brett Centofanti, William Wainio, David Corll, Maggie Dangerfield, Jena Styka, Logan Moff, Carly Carcelli, Sam Barnhouse and Alyssa Armstrong.
Though the Royal Court represents only 4-H members, Outstanding Youth Candidates represent those involved in any of the seven Junior Fair organizations – Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, Camp Fire, Future Farmers of America, Grange and Farm Bureau.