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I would like to take this opportunity to say thanks so very much to the individuals & businesses who not only sponsored, but supported  the Carroll County Fair & the Carroll County Fair Royalty Contest for the 2011 Carroll County Fair. We have a great representation of Carroll County by the many areas of the county where the applicants live and attend school.

First & foremost, thanks to the young people who took the time and cared enough about our county & fair to participate in this contest! We are so blessed to have such excellent candidates for Fair Royalty, as it was a very difficult decision for the judges who felt that any one of the candidates was worthy of being a member of this year*s court. My husband, Mark, my mom (Barb Walton) & I have had the pleasure of being invited to other counties and their Fair Royalty Contest events and without a doubt, these teens across the state of Ohio are all extraordinary individuals who are outstanding in their achievements at this point in their lives & Carroll County teens are NO exception!! These teens were all phenomenal and must be commended on their outstanding achievements over the past years & the wonderful characters that they brought into this contest. They have shown Carroll County hospitality to Fair

Royalty attending our fair from other counties  and the State Fair Manager’s Assoc. & they make all of us proud to be a Carroll Countian!

Next, I would like to thank Adele Canestraro - Velazquez ( Russell Jewelers in Minerva) for graciously donating the  tiara; Lion’s Den Sports Shop (Minerva) for donating the King and Runners-up’s monogrammed ball caps; Mrs. Richard C. (Barb) Walton (Carrollton) for donating the court’s sashes; Bud’s Flowers & Gifts (Carrollton) for creating the court’s floral bouquet & boutonnieres, given by the Suburban Garden Club of Carrollton; the FFA Alumni &  Sheckler’s Excavating for sponsoring the Queen and King’s chairs respectively; the Carroll County Sr. Fair Board for donating the Queen and King’s trophies; Commissioner Thomas A. Wheaton and Prosecutor Donald Burns (of Carrollton) for the King’s runners-up’s plaques;  John S. and Melanie Campbell, Bill Wohlwend family, Dominick & Cindy Olivito, Fair Vision, Inc., Dr Gregory A. Fair, BW Auto Wrecking / Deluxe Body shop, (all of Carrollton), Patricia J. Oyer and  Maple-Cotton / Allmon Dugger Cotton Funeral Home and Ambulance Service (Kensington / Carrollton),  Evelyn Youngen (Hair Gallery), 4-H Committee & Carroll Co.  Sr. Fairboard (all of  Carrollton),  Gary & Syndy  Willen (of Malvern), and Harold Barber, agent for BJ Gray Realty Co.(of Salineville) for the Queen, King & Courts’ savings bonds; Tom & Marlene Wilson (Jewett) & Dean & Donna Ott (Carrollton) for donating the Queen’s 161st Carroll County Fair collectible basket;  Ashton’s 5 & 10 Store & Holiday Shoppe, Ponderosa Steakhouse, Jimmy’s Backyard BBQ & Gioninos Pizzeria & Wendy’s (all of Carrollton) for donating gift certificates for the court; Day’s Inn (Carrollton) for donating pool passes to the Queen & King;  & John & Terry Dendak of Custom Creations Jewelry, Sales, Design, Repair (Carrollton) for donating a  pearl necklace for the Queen & titanium bracelet for the King; & Joe & Rose Seck, Tippy’s Hauling Service (Jeff, Darla & Devin Tipton), Martha J. Jones, Stanton & Janet Thomas, “Whisper Tones” (Fran Shufelt), Georgette Huff, JoAnne Truman, McFadden Insurance Agency, Inc., McDonald’s ,Mark & Karla Wells,  (all Carrollton) and Dr. Ted Rath, Minerva Vision Clinic of Minerva and Dave’s Diner of Sherrodsville,  for the court’s  baskets,  & gift bags contents.

Many thanks also to Tammy Sanderson and the Sr. Fair Board members and employees,  Dave & Jana Davis, Wes Frew,  Judges, 2010 Fair Queen Melinda Weaver (of Salineville), Rose Seck (of Carrollton), John Ryser and RaeAnn Sanor (both of Salem) 2009 Fair Queen Jordan Morsheiser & 2010 Fair King, Maxwell Romeo & my fantastic family, (Barb Walton, and Debbie, Kacie and Mark Wells) for all their assistance, direction, promotion & contributions of time & talents above & beyond the “call of duty”.

Without them, this contest would not have been possible.

I look forward to working on this contest again & would welcome any assistance, donations, comments or suggestions.                 

Karla Wells
Contest coordinator
Carrollton, OH


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