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To the Editor:
We would just like to take this opportunity to say thanks so very much to the individuals and businesses who not only sponsored, but supported the Carroll County Fair Royalty Contest and donated items for the visiting royalty who came from other counties, as well as the Ohio Fair Manager’s Queen for the 2013 Carroll County Fair.

First and foremost, thanks to the young people from ALL areas of our county, who took the time and cared enough about our county and fair to participate in this contest!  We are so blessed to have such excellent candidates for Fair Royalty, and just like previous years, it was a very difficult decision for the judges who felt that anyone of the candidates was worthy of being a member of this year’s court. It seems that every year the judges comment on how tough the decision is and how close each candidate is to the winner’s score!

We have had the pleasure of being invited to other counties & 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 and these Carroll County ladies were NO exception this year!! They have been high achievers throughout their years of 4-H, FFA, Girl Scouts, etc and were all phenomenal and must be commended for these outstanding achievements over the past years as well as the wonderful characters that they brought into this contest. They enjoyed showing Carroll County hospitality to fair queens and kings attending our fair from other counties and the State Fair Manager’s Assoc. (Ohio State Fair) Queen and they truly make all of us proud to be a “Carroll Countian.”

Next, I would like to thank Adele Canestraro - Velazquez (Russell Jewelers in Minerva), Robert and Diane Wirkner and Thomas Wheaton for graciously donating the tiaras; Lion’s Den Sports Shop (Minerva) for donating the Queen & Runner-up’s monogrammed tee shirts; Mrs. Richard C. (Barb) Walton (Carrollton) & “EmbroidMe” (Alliance) for donating the court’s sashes; Bud’s Flowers & Gifts (Carrollton) for creating the court’s floral bouquets, given by the Suburban Garden Club of Carrollton; the Carrollton FFA Alumni, “EmbroidMe” and  BW Auto Wrecking/Deluxe Body Shop (Bill and Cyndy Wells) for sponsoring the Queen and Queen’s Runner-up’s chairs respectively; the Carroll County Sr. Fair Board, John and Melanie Campbell, Rodney and Connie Days and family and Carrollton Country Flowers (all Carrollton) for donating the court’s trophies; Dominick and Cynthia Olivito,  Dean and Donna Ott, Atty. Steven D. Barnett, Jeff, Shelley and Brock Albaugh, Hair Gallery (Evelyn Youngen), Gary and Syndy Willen, Dr. Greg Fair (Fair Vision), Jeff Tipton (Center Twp. Trustee), Georgette Huff (all of Carrollton), Sherman & Patti Oyer (Kensington), Sheckler Excavating Inc. (Malvern), as well as the Carroll Co.  Sr. Fairboard and 4-H Committee for the queen and court’s savings bonds monies; Tom and Marlene Wilson (Jewett) for donating the Queen’s Longaberger collectible basket; Pizza Hut, Ashton’s 5 & 10 Cent Store, Ponderosa Steakhouse, Jimmy’s Backyard BBQ, Gioninos Pizzeria and Wendy’s (all of Carrollton), Woods Grocery (of Malvern) and Mary Kay Cosmetics (Barb Walton) (Kensington) for donating gift certificates for the court; Carrollton McDonalds for donating tee shirts to the queen and runner-up; Minerva Vision Clinic,  Dr. Ted A. Rath, OD of Minerva Vision Clinic for sunglasses, cases and misc. eye care product and Kishman’s IGA (both Minerva) for gift bags; John and Terry Dendak of Custom Creations Jewelry, Sales, Design, Repair (Carrollton) for donating a  pearl necklace for the queen and silver earrings for the court; Susan Haas  (thirty-one Independent  Sales Consultant) for donating monogrammed tote bags for the court, and Joe and Rose Seck, Martha J. Jones, “Whisper Tones” (Fran Shufelt), JoAnne Truman, McFadden Insurance Agency, Inc., Sean and Michelle Speedy, Riegle’s Auto Sales-Salvage and Repair, Huebner Chevrolet-Subaru, Guess Motors/Guess Ford Mercury, Huntington National Bank, Mark and Karla Wells, (all Carrollton), and Dave’s Diner of Sherrodsville for the court’s baskets and gift bags contents.

Many thanks also to the Carrollton Chamber of Commerce for tote bags and gift items, Tammy Sanderson and the Sr. Fair Board members and employees, Wes Frew, Jr Fair Board and the panel of 2013 Judges: the 2012 Fair Queen & King Chelsea Williams (Carrollton) and Wilbur Weaver (Salineville), Rose Seck (Carrollton), Chris Hull (Kensington), and John Ryser (Salem), 2011 Fair Queen Nancy Sheckler (Malvern) and Mrs. Richard (Barb) Walton and Marilyn Wells for all their assistance, promotion and contributions of time and talents above and beyond the “call of duty”. Without them, this contest would not have been possible.

We look forward to working on this contest again and would welcome any assistance, donations, comments or suggestion.

Karla and Mark Wells
Diane Wirkner
Fair Queen contest organizers

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