GREENVILLE - Thomas Shaw and Jenna Cline apparently wowed the judges as they were both named the Darke County Junior Fair King and Queen for this year’s Darke County Fair.
All 24 candidates (five males and 19 females) were interviewed on Tuesday and were featured in a pageant at Memorial Hall on Wednesday night.
“I’m speechless, Shaw said afterwards.
He said the win showed him that if a person puts his/her mind to it, it can be done.
“This has always been my goal,” said Shaw, 10-year 4-H member. “My sister was fair queen 10 years ago, and I knew then that I wanted to be king. I’d like to tell the other candidates, ‘Don’t give up.’”
The third time was a charm for Shaw, as he was first runner-up in 2021, failed to make the court in 2013, and voilà, this year, is king.
“It’s total excitement,” commented Cline after the pageant. “I’m very thankful for everybody who supported us [the candidates] throughout the year and I give a special shout-out to everybody.”
Cline said she was supposed to be in last year’s pageant, but admitted she forgot the interview.
Shaw, 18-year-old son of Greg and Darlene Grubb and Bruce Shaw of Greenville, represented Grade A Kids 4-H Club at the pageant. He is a graduate of Greenville High School and will be attending Wilmington College this fall. He was active in school and its many offerings and remains active in the community and at the Great Darke County Fair.
His plans are to earn degrees in both agriculture education and agriculture communications and subsequently become an agriculture science education instructor for a local high school. In the meantime, he plans to continue raising and showing registered dairy cattle on the family farm.
Cline, 17, daughter of Jeff and Kelly Cline of New Madison, was a delegate in the pageant for the Darke County Junior Fair Board. She has been involved in 4-H for nine years and is a member of Kountry Kids 4-H Club, and has shown goats and pigs.
She plans on attending the Agriculture Technical Institute at Ohio State University and earning a degree in floral design after graduating from Tri-Village High School.
Members of their court are: (first runners-up) Morgan McKinney and Andrew Wright; (second runners-up) Courtney Rose and Brad Slyder; and (third runners-up) MacKenzie Dirmeyer and Lane Manning.
Other finalists were Dalton Subler as king and Catey Fischer, Tessa Jobes, Jessalyn Besecker.
The final questions posed to the finalists were “Is it better to fail or be successful in life” to the boys and “What characteristics demonstrate the perfect representation of Darke County” to the girls.
Additional queen candidates were: Andrea Barga, Kaytlin Burchett, Michaela Colby, Abigail Kramer, Paige Lavy, Kaelyn Marker, Lacie Mueller, Abigail Nealeigh, Rachel Osterloh, Katerri Schmitmeyer, Rachael Schmitmeyer and Emily Walters.