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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 2012 Carroll County Fair.

First & foremost, thanks to the young people from various areas of the county, who took the time & cared enough about our county and fair to participate in this contest! It was such an encouragement to hear them talk so enthusiastically about the new improvements of the fairgrounds & buildings! 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 any one of the candidates was worthy of being a member of this year’s court. We, along with our mom (Barb Walton) 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 & these Carroll County ladies & gentlemen are NO exception!! They have been high achievers throughout  their years of 4-H, FFA, Scouts, etc. and were all phenomenal. They 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. 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) for graciously donating the tiaras; Lion’s Den Sports Shop (Minerva) for donating the king and runners-up’s monogrammed ball caps; Mrs. Richard C. (Barb) Walton (Carrollton) & “EmbroidMe” (Alliance) for donating the court’s sashes; Bud’s Flowers & Gifts (Carrollton) for creating the court’s lovely floralbouquets and boutonnieres, given by the Suburban Garden Club of Carrollton; the FFA Alumni, “EmbroidMe” and  Sheckler’s Excavating for sponsoring the queen and king’s chairs respectively; the Carroll County Sr. Fair Board, BW Auto Wrecking / Deluxe Body Shop and Donald Burns (all Carrollton) for donating the Court’s trophy picture frames,  John S. and Melanie Campbell, Judge Dominick and Cindy Olivito,  BW Auto Wrecking / Deluxe Body Shop, Dean and Donna Ott, Rodney and Connie Days family, Atty. Steven D. Barnett, Atty. Christine Falconer, Jeff, Shelley and Brock Albaugh, Jo Anne Truman, Martha Jones, Hair Gallery (Evelyn Youngen), (all of Carrollton), Patricia J. Oyer and  Maple-Cotton/Allmon Dugger Cotton Funeral Home and Ambulance Service (Kensington/Carrollton),  and Carroll Co.  Sr. Fairboard, for the queen, king and court’s savings bonds; Tom and Marlene Wilson (Jewett) for donating the queen’s Longaberger collectible basket; Ashton’s 5 & 10 Store and Holiday Shoppe, Ponderosa Steakhouse, Jimmy’s Backyard BBQ, Gioninos Pizzeria and Wendy’s (all of Carrollton), Woods Grocery (of Malvern) and Elizabeth Renae’s Bridal & Formal Wear of Salem (Joe & Kim Shipbaugh) for donating gift certificates for the court; Days Inn (Carrollton) for donating a pool pass to the queen ; Dr. Ted Rath of Minerva Vision Clinic for sunglasses, cases and misc. eye care product and Kishman’s IGA (both Minerva) for a gift bag; John & Terry Dendak of Custom Creations Jewelry, Sales, Design, Repair (Carrollton) for donating a  pearl necklace for the queen and stainless bracelet for the king; Jennifer Haas  (thirty-one Demonstrator) for donating monogrammed cinch bags for the king and queen and Joe and Rose Seck, Jeff  Tipton- Center Twp Trustee, Martha J. Jones,  “Whisper Tones” (Fran Shufelt), Georgette Huff, JoAnne Truman, McFadden Insurance Agency, Inc., McDonald’s, Sean & Michelle Speedy, Mark & Karla Wells, Pizza Hut (all Carrollton), Sheryl Sheckler (Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator), Dave’s Diner of Sherrodsville and Marlene Wilson (Longaberger Demonstrator) for the court baskets,  and gift bags contents.
Many thanks also to the Carrollton Chamber of Comerce for tote bags, Tammy Sanderson and the Sr. Fair Board members and employees, Wes Frew, Jr Fair Board, and the panel of 2012 Judges, 2011 Fair Queen & King Nancy Sheckler (Waynesburg) and Michael Moore (Carrollton), Rose Seck (Carrollton), Ashley Wells (Malvern), John Ryser ( Salem), 2010 Fair Queen Melinda Weaver (Salineville) and our fantastic moms, Barb Walton, & Marilyn Wells for all their assistance, direction, 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 & would welcome any assistance, donations, comments or suggestions.

Karla & Mark Wells  
Carrollton, OH

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